Prospective Marriage visa 300

Prospective Marriage visa

This visa lets you come to Australia to marry your prospective spouse and then apply for a Partner visa.

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Stay

9 months from date of grant of visa

Cost

From AUD7,715

Processing times

  • 75% of applications: 19 months
  • 90% of applications: 24 months

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia for 9 months from date of grant of visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia at your own expense

You must

  • be 18 years old or older
  • be sponsored
  • intend to marry your prospective spouse before the visa period ends

Note: The Department is not asking Family visa applicants to travel offshore at this time.

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia for up to 9 months from date of grant of visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia at your own expense
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want

Partner visa

If we grant you this visa and you and your spouse want to settle in Australia, apply for a Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801):

  • after you are married, and
  • before your Prospective Marriage visa ends

You will pay less for the Partner visa if you apply for it while your Prospective Marriage visa is still valid.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for up to 9 months from date of grant of visa. The visa period starts on the date it is granted.

Include family

You can:

  • You can include members of the family unit in your application.  when you apply
  • add family members to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health requirement. 

Newborn children

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply. 

Cost

The visa costs AUD7,715 for the main applicant.

There is also a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

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

Use the visa pricing estimator to work out what your visa will cost. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

You will also pay a fee for your Partner visa. You pay less for this visa if you marry your prospective spouse and apply for the Partner visa before your Prospective Marriage visa ends.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we make a decision on your application.

Processing times

We process:

  • 75% of applications in 19 months
  • 90% of applications in 24 months

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We cannot process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case.

Your obligations

You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

Learn more about conditions for this visa. 

Your marriage

You must enter Australia on the Prospective Marriage visa before the date specified on your grant letter.

You must have married your prospective spouse before your Prospective Marriage visa expires.

You can get married in Australia or any other country. Your marriage must be valid under Australian law.

Health insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what we consider adequate health insurance.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal health care agreement 

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

New Zealand passport holders

New Zealand passport holders should tell the immigration officer at the border that they have a Prospective Marriage visa. If you do not tell them, you might be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444). Grant of a subclass 444 visa will cease your Prospective Marriage visa.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Have a sponsor

You and anyone who applies for the visa with you must be sponsored by your prospective spouse. 

We must approve the sponsorship.

Be the right age

You must be 18 years old or older when you apply for the visa.

Meet our health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health requirement. 

Meet our character requirement

You and any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) must meet our character requirement.

Pay your debts to the Australian government

If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.

Not had a visa cancelled or an application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

Best interests of the child

We might not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

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Here at Settlers Migration our team of migration agents can provide you with the appropriate guidance and advice so you can put forth the best application possible for any Visa you are going for.