Prospective Marriage (Subclass 300)
The Subclass 300 visa, also known as the Prospective Marriage visa, is an Australian visa designed for individuals who are engaged to be married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. This visa allows the applicant to enter Australia temporarily to marry their partner within a specified period. After the marriage takes place, the applicant can then apply for a different partner visa to remain in Australia permanently.
Key features of the Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage visa:
- Engagement Requirement: To be eligible for the Subclass 300 visa, the applicant must be engaged to be married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. The couple must have met in person and have a genuine intention to marry within a specific time frame.
- Temporary Residence: The primary purpose of the Subclass 300 visa is to allow the applicant to enter Australia temporarily to marry their partner.
- Offshore Application: The Subclass 300 visa is typically applied for outside of Australia, meaning the applicant must be outside the country when they apply and when the visa is granted.
- Marriage Requirement: After entering Australia on the Subclass 300 visa, the applicant must marry their intended partner within the visa’s validity period, which is usually nine months from the date of visa grant.
- Transition to Permanent Residency: Once the marriage takes place, the applicant can apply for a different partner visa, such as the Subclass 820/801 (Onshore) or Subclass 309/100 (Offshore) visa, to transition to permanent residency in Australia.
- Health and Character Requirements: Like all Australian visas, the Subclass 300 visa has health and character requirements that must be met by the applicant and any dependants.
- Evidence of Relationship: Applicants need to provide evidence of their genuine and continuing relationship with their intended spouse. This may include documentation such as proof of engagement, joint financial commitments, shared household responsibilities, photographs, and statements from family and friends.
- Travel: Once the Subclass 300 visa is granted, the applicant can travel to and from Australia while the visa is valid. After the marriage and application for a permanent partner visa, they can generally remain in Australia while the subsequent visa is being processed.