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300 Visa – Prospective Marriage Visa (Provisional)

Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448
Updated April 2024
Prospective Marriage Visa Subclass 300 Visa

Who is Prospective Marriage Visa suitable for?

The Prospective Marriage Visa Australia (subclass 300) is suitable for you if you’re the fiance of an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen. It is a temporary visa with around 9 to 15 months validity period allowing you to enter Australia and get married to your fiance. The Prospective Marriage Visa Australia (subclass 300) will eventually bring you to Australian permanent residency with the onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820/801). Check out the details of the requirements, cost, processing time and application process of the Prospective Marriage Visa Australia (subclass 300).

Are you eligible for the visa?

You must meet all the requirements below to be eligible for the Prospective Marriage Visa:

For Prospective Marriage Visa Applicant

  • be sponsored by your prospective spouse and the sponsorship must be approved.
  • meet the health and character requirement.
  • be 18 years old or older.
  • be free to marry your fiance.

For Prospective Marriage Visa Sponsor

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • be free to marry your fiance.
  • Limitation on Sponsorship:
    • Did not sponsor more than two people on a Partner visa or Prospective Marriage visa.
    • Did not sponsor another person on a Partner visa or Prospective Marriage visa in the last 5 years.
    • Did not grant a Partner visa or Prospective Marriage visa that the sponsor applied for less than 5 years ago.
  • not to have a conviction for a relevant offence.

For Relationship

  • intend to get married within the 9 to 15 months of the grant of the visa.
  • both the applicant and sponsor are free to marry.
  • have met in person and are personally known to each other.
  • genuinely intend to live together as a married couple.

How to prove your genuine intention to marry your Australian partner?

The key point of Prospective Marriage Visa Australia (subclass 300) application is proving your genuine intention to marry your Australian partner within the visa validity period. To prove it, you are required to provide evidence such as:

  • Signed and dated confirmation letter from your authorised marriage celebrant.
  • Notice of Intended Marriage.
  • Confirmation of your NOIM being submitted to your marriage celebrant.
  • Single status certificate.

There are some important notes you have to pay attention to regarding submitting a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM):

  • You must lodge the NOIM no less than 1 month or more than 18 months prior to your intended marriage date.
  • NOIM is valid for 18 months.
  • Information on submitting NOIM and finding an authorised marriage celebrant is available on each Australian states and territories’ official website, or else you can visit the Australian Government Atorney-Generals’ Department website for details.

Prospective Marriage Visa Five Steps Application Process

Step 1: Check your eligibility

The first thing you need to do is check your eligibility. Ensuring you meet all 300 Visa requirements will prevent your 300 Visa application being refused or put it in any unnecessary delayed process.

Step 2: Gather your documents

Once you have met all the criteria and requirements for the 300 Visa, you can start gathering all the required documents in support of the 300 Visa Australia application.

You should provide accurate documents and information for the 300 Visa to avoid your information being misinterpreted or viewed as dishonest and misleading.

Step 3: Submit the application

When all the documents are ready, you can start the application online through the Immi Account portal.

Once the application is submitted, you must initiate and complete the application for sponsorship through the Immi Account portal too.

You can regularly upload supporting documents into your application.

Step 4: Wait for the decision

The processing time varies, depending on each case. While waiting for the decision, you can keep uploading evidence of your relationship regularly.

Be noted you must stay offshore to receive the decision for your 300 Visa application.

Step 5: Visa outcome

The Department of Home Affairs will notify you in writing whether they grant or refuse your 300 Visa application.

If your 300 Visa is granted, you can come to Australia immediately then marry your Australian fiance, and lodge an onshore Partner Visa application to get permanent residency.

But if your 300 Visa is refused, you still have the chance to review the decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or submit a new 300 Visa application.

The process from 300 Visa to permanent residency

You have to pass three steps to obtain the Australian permanent residency from Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300):

Step 1: Lodge your Prospective Marriage Visa application

You must lodge your Prospective Marriage Visa application outside of Australia. Once it’s granted, you will be permitted to enter Australia and get married to your Australian partner within the validity period of your Prospective Marriage Visa.

Step 2: Get married and lodge onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820) application

Once you’ve entered the country and got married to your Australian partner, don’t forget to register your marriage and get the marriage certificate. After that, you can lodge an onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820) application.

Ensure to lodge the onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820) application before your Prospective Marriage Visa expires.

Step 3: Lodge your Permanent Partner Visa (subclass 801) application

If your 820 Visa is granted and it has passed the 2 years since the 820 visa lodgment, you can continue to Permanent Partner Visa (subclass 801) application.

And if the 801 Visa was granted, you will immediately become an Australian permanent resident.

Can you include your dependent child?

Yes, you can include your dependent child to your 300 Visa application. Your dependent child must be outside of Australia and meet all requirements for the 300 Visa application.

There’s an additional charge for each dependent child that joins your 300 Visa application.

How long does the Visa 300 processing time?

The Visa 300 processing time is currently 14 to 43 months. But the Visa 300 processing time might take longer if you don’t fill the application correctly or you don’t include all the documents that are needed.

That’s why it’s important to know the requirements before you apply for this marriage visa in Australia and marry for visa Australia.

Also, the Visa 300 processing time might change due to backlog. So, it’s best to check the Visa 300 processing time regularly through the link below:


Prospective Marriage Visa Application Cost

The cost for Prospective Marriage Visa Australia is as follow:

  • AUD 8,850 for the main applicant
  • AUD 4,430 for the additional applicant age 18 years above.
  • AUD 2,215 for the additional applicant age under 18 years old.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police clearance certificates and biometrics.

You will also pay a charge for your Partner visa application, which is AUD 1,870 as a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) holder.

The above fees are subject to change in July each year.

Can you visit your partner in Australia while waiting for the decision?

Yes, you can visit your partner in Australia while waiting for the decision for your 300 Visa. You can visit your partner by applying for a Visitor Visa, which, if successful, allows you to visit your partner for 3 months at least.

Be noted you must meet all requirements for the Visitor Visa, including the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement. Also, you must assure the Department of Home Affairs that your purpose is genuinely to visit your partner on a temporary basis, in line with the purpose of a Visitor Visa being granted for.

Don’t forget to update your details on your 300 Visa application when you’re in Australia. It’s to ensure that you won’t miss any updates or correspondence regarding your 300 Visa application.

What can you do as a 300 Visa Holder?

There are some benefits you can get when you hold the Prospective Marriage Visa Australia, such as:

  • Enter Australia before you marry your prospective spouse.
  • May leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish before your visa expires (9 or 15 months after visa grant).
  • You can work in Australia.
  • Study in Australia at your own expense.
  • Can apply for a Partner visa in Australia after you marry your prospective spouse.
  • Stay in Australia for up to 15 months.

Is it better to get Partner Visa or Prospective Marriage Visa?

Well, it depends on your relationship status. If you’re engaged and soon to be married to your fiance, then the Prospective Marriage Visa is more suitable for you.

But, if you’re already married or in a de facto relationship with your Australian partner, then the onshore or offshore Partner Visa suits you.

If you’re not engaged or married or in a de facto relationship but looking forward to live with your partner in Australia, it’s best to discuss your possible options with us. We will give you the best option based on your current circumstances.

Can you marry your partner on a Tourist Visa?

You definitely can get married to your partner in Australia on a Tourist Visa, as there is no residency requirement to marry your partner in Australia.

The only real requirement is that you are free to marry; and are both at least eighteen years of age.

However, considering the complex preparation for a marriage ceremony, a validity period of 3 months might not be enough. That’s why the Prospective Marriage Visa is always highly recommended.

Can a 300 Visa get refused?

Yes, it can. Specifically when you’re unable to demonstrate that your relationship is genuine and continuing, or that you fail to show your genuine intention to marry your Australian fiance.

Your 300 Visa application might get refused due to not meeting certain requirements such as health or character requirements.

What happens if your 300 Visa gets refused?

If your 300 Visa gets refused, you may be able to submit a review application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Note that you can only submit the review application if you’re given a review right, which you can check in the refusal letter.

The review application is payable with the fee of AUD 3,374 and you must submit the review application within the deadline stated on the refusal letter.

Prospective Marriage Visa FAQs

ONEderland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent, Indah Melindasari, B.Com (MARN 0961 448) is here to answer your Prospective Marriage Visa subclass 300 questions!

  • Should I marry my fiance in Australia?
    • When your Prospective Marriage Visa Australia has been granted, you can hold the marriage could be in Australia or any other country, but your marriage must be valid under Australian law.
    • If you decide to get married outside of Australia, you will need to enter Australia with the Prospective Marriage Visa Australia before you leave to the country you intend to get married in.
    • After that you can enter Australia again with your Prospective Marriage Visa Australia.
  • What if I haven’t registered my marriage yet with my partner, within the validity period of my visa or since I arrived in Australia?
    • If you haven’t gotten married within the validity period of your 300 visa, you must leave Australia when your Prospective Marriage Visa Australia expires.
    • That’s why you should arrange and register your marriage before your Prospective Marriage Visa expires.
  • What if I have already married my Australian partner, can I apply for the Prospective Marriage Visa Australia?
    • If you have married, you may be eligible to apply for a Partner visa as a Prospective Marriage Visa is only for a partner who has engaged and wants to marry their partner.
  • I want to apply for the 300 visa onshore, is that possible?
    • Unfortunately, no. The 300 Visa is an offshore application, so you must be offshore or outside Australia to be able to apply for a 300 Visa Australia.

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Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448

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