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Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

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This visa allows people to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you intend to marry:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen.

About this visa

The Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) is for people who want to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse.

It is a temporary visa for nine months. You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when the visa is granted. You can have the wedding in any country: the wedding does not need to be in Australia.

More information

More information is available from the Partner Migration booklet.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia before you marry your prospective spouse
  • travel in and out of Australia as often as you want
  • work in Australia, although some employers might not hire people with temporary visas
  • study in Australia, but with no access to government funding for tertiary study
  • apply for a Partner visa, in Australia, after your marriage.

Before you apply

Your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices. If you plan to lodge an online visa application, certified copies of original documents can be scanned and attached to your visa application through your ImmiAccount.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300).

Who could get this visa

You must:

  • intend to marry and live as husband or wife with your prospective spouse
  • be sponsored by your prospective spouse
  • know your prospective spouse and have met in person
  • be the opposite sex to your prospective spouse (same-sex couples can apply for  a Partner visa  based on their de facto relationship)
  • meet age, health and character requirements.

Proof of intent to marry

Your application must include proof that you plan to marry your prospective spouse within nine months of being granted the visa.

If you plan to marry outside Australia, you can provide a letter from the person who will perform the wedding ceremony.

If you plan to marry in Australia, you must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage  form and give it to the person who will perform the wedding ceremony. This must be done at least one month, and less than 18 months, before you marry.

Your sponsor

You must be sponsored by your prospective spouse. They must be at least 18 years of age and either:

Your prospective spouse

You must have met your prospective spouse in person, as adults. You must know them personally.

This applies even if:

  • it is an arranged marriage
  • you and your prospective spouse met as children and the marriage was arranged before you turned 18 years of age
  • you met on the internet (exchanging photographs is not evidence of having met in person).

Your age

You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this visa.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

This applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

Biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

Including family in your application

You may include the following people in your visa application:

  • your dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

If you add a dependent child to your application, that child must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application needs to include documentary evidence of the child's relationship to you.

Your dependent child must also be able to show that they meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

How to apply for this visa

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300).

You and anyone included in your application must be outside Australia when the application is lodged and when the visa is granted. 

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

If you cannot get some documents in time to include them with your application:

  • list the documents in your application
  • send them to us as soon as you get them
  • if you have lodged your applicationonline attach them through your ImmiAccount.

Lodge your application online

Create or login to your ImmiAccount and complete the application form:

Your sponsor must also complete:

Lodge your application by post or in person

To apply you must complete:

  • Form 47SP   Application for migration to Australia by a partner (552 kB PDF).

Your sponsor must also complete:

  • Form 40SP   Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia (256 kB PDF)

Lodge your application at one of the immigration offices outside Australia, which will tell you how you can pay. There is also further information available on the methods of payment accepted by our offices.

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

After you have lodged the your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

If you applied online, you can track and manage your online application using your ImmiAccount.

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

  • Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99 kB PDF).

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If you applied online, you can submit any additional information, including Form 1023, through your ImmiAccount.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in your circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

If you marry before a decision is made on your application, write immediately to the office processing your application. Send them:

  • a certified copy of proof that you have married
  • a request that, due to your marriage, you want to withdraw the application for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) and be considered for a Partner visa instead.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist for applicants

You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

If you applied online, certified copies of original documents can be scanned and attached to your visa application through your ImmiAccount.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Visa application requirements differ from country to country.

If you are applying outside Australia, your nearest immigration office outside Australia will tell you exactly how to lodge your application and what documents to provide.

Forms

Applying online:

Applying by post or in person:

  • Form 47SP Application for migration to Australia by a partner  (552 kB PDF) 
  • Form 40SP Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia  (256 kB PDF) 
  • Two copies of Form 888 Statutory declaration by a supporting witness in relation to a Partner or a Prospective Marriage visa application (84 kB PDF) (to be completed by two Australian citizens or permanent residents who have personal knowledge of your partner relationship).
  • For anyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older and is not your partner:
    • Form 47a Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (238 kB PDF).
  • If you are bringing a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child’s other parent is not included in your application:
    • Form 1229 Consent to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years (238 kB PDF).

Receiving assistance

  • If you applied online, these forms can be submitted to the department through your ImmiAccount.

Charges

  • If your sponsor has paid the visa application charge for you: provide the original receipt to show they have paid.
  • Note : If your sponsor has paid the visa application charge for you then you must lodge your application by post or in person.

Your identity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the person on the back of each photograph.
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.
  • A certified copy of your birth certificate showing both parents’ names. If you do not have a birth certificate and are unable to get one, you must provide a certified copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following documents:
    • family book showing both parents’ names
    • identification document issued by the government
    • court-issued documents that verify your identity.
    If you are unable to provide any of these documents, you must provide other acceptable evidence that you are who you claim to be.

Your children

  • Certified copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children.
  • If any dependent child included in the application is adopted: certified copies of the adoption papers.
  • Evidence of financial dependency for all your family members aged 18 or older:
    • a certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
    • proof that they live in your household
    • proof that they have been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.
  • If you want to bring a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child’s other parent is not included in the application: documentary evidence that you have the legal right to bring that child to Australia, such as:
  • If you applied online, these forms can be submitted to the department through your ImmiAccount.

Your relationships

  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.
  • Evidence that you and your prospective spouse have met face-to-face as adults and are personally known to each other.
  • Evidence that you will marry your prospective spouse within nine months of being granted the visa (such as a letter from the person who will officiate at the wedding).
  • Evidence that you and your prospective spouse genuinely intend to live in a married relationship.
  • Written statements showing the history of your relationship, such as:
    • how, when and where you first met
    • how your relationship developed
    • when you became engaged
    • joint activities
    • significant events in the relationship
    • your future plans as husband and wife.
  • If you applied online, these forms can be submitted to the department through your ImmiAccount.

Character requirements

  • Police checks for everyone included in the visa application who is 16 years of age or older:
    • an Australian National Police Check for anyone who has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
    • police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.

  • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.

Documents for your prospective spouse (and sponsor)

  • Evidence that the sponsor is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. Evidence can include a certified copy of:
    • a birth certificate
    • an Australian passport or foreign passport containing evidence of permanent residence
    • an Australian citizenship certificate
    • for New Zealand citizens, evidence of length of residence in Australia and of continuing links with Australia.
  • If applicable: a statement from your sponsor about:
    • anyone else they have previously sponsored or nominated for a Spouse, Partner, Prospective Marriage or Interdependency visa
    • the sponsor’s relationship with them
    • when, how and why the relationship(s) ceased
    • the dates of lodgement of any sponsorship or nominations (including any current sponsorship) or assurances of support
    • the amount and frequency of child support payments.
  • If you are including a child younger than 18 years of age in your application:
    • an AFP National Police Check for your sponsor, if the sponsor has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
    • police certificates from each country in which the sponsor has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been decided a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use the free Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) to check your visa status and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

This visa is valid for nine months. It cannot be extended and you cannot be granted another Prospective Marriage visa in Australia even if you have not yet married your sponsor but still intend to do so.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia before you marry your prospective spouse
  • travel in and out of Australia as often as you want
  • work in Australia, although some employers might not hire people with temporary visas
  • study in Australia, but with no access to government funding for tertiary study.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Enter Australia

You must enter Australia on this visa at least once before you marry your prospective spouse.

We will tell you the date by which you must enter Australia. If you do not enter Australia by this date your visa may be cancelled. Contact us if you cannot enter by this date. Your visa might also have a condition that you do not enter Australia before another person. We will tell you if your visa has this condition.

Any family members who come with you to Australia might have conditions on their visas, including:

  • they cannot enter Australia before you
  • they cannot marry or be in a de facto relationship before they enter Australia.

We will tell you if this is the case.

Marry your prospective spouse

You must marry your prospective spouse before your visa ends. The marriage can take place in or outside Australia.

Lodge a Partner visa application

You need to lodge an application for a Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801) after your marriage and before your Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) ends.

New Zealand citizens

If you have a New Zealand passport and arrive in Australia, you will automatically be issued with a Special Category visa (subclass 444).

This will override your Prospective Marriage visa. You can avoid this by telling the immigration officer at the border that you have a Prospective Marriage visa.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

You must also tell us if your relationship with your prospective spouse ends.

Sponsors

This information is for a person who wants to sponsor their fiancé for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300).

Who can sponsor

To sponsor someone for this visa, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • at least 18 years of age.

Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens are expected to be living in Australia. Eligible New Zealand citizens might need to have a health examination or character check. We will tell you if you need these checks.

Limitations on sponsorship

You cannot be a sponsor if you:

  • were sponsored for a Partner or Prospective Spouse visa within the past five years
  • have previously sponsored two people for migration to Australia and they were granted a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa
  • have sponsored another person for migration to Australia within the past five years and they were granted a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa.

Your sponsorship could still be approved if there are compelling circumstances affecting you. These include:

  • your previous partner has died or abandoned the relationship, leaving you with young children
  • you have been in a relationship with your fiancé for more than two years
  • you and your fiancé have dependent children from your relationship.

If you have been granted a Woman at Risk visa (subclass 204) in the last five years, you cannot sponsor:

  • someone who was your partner when you were granted a Woman at Risk visa
  • a previous partner that you did not tell us about when you were granted your Woman at Risk visa.

Contributory parent visa holders

If you were granted a Contributory Parent visa after 30 June 2009, you cannot sponsor your partner for this visa for five years from the date your visa was granted if you were in a relationship with that person before your Contributory Parent visa was granted.

There are some exceptions to this limitation. Contact our nearest Australian office to discuss your situation.

Best interests of the child

Usually, this visa will not be granted if it is not in the best interests of a child younger than 18 years of age. There is more information in measures for the protection of children.

Character requirements

You might need to meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

How to apply to be a sponsor

This information explains what you need to do to apply to sponsor someone for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300).

To apply to be a sponsor, complete:

  • Paper: Form 40SP Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia (254 kB PDF).

Your fiancé will submit this form with their application.

You will need to provide evidence of your Australian citizenship or permanent resident status or proof that you are an eligible New Zealand citizen.

If you have changed your name since birth, you should provide evidence of the name change.

If there is a dependant under 18 years of age and you have spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age, provide an AFP National Police Check.

If there is a dependant under 18 years of age and you have not spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age, provide original police certificates from each country in which you have spent a total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

It will help your fiancé’s application if you provide documents that confirm your relationship.

Sponsor obligations

As a sponsor, you must agree to accept responsibility for:

  • all financial obligations to the Commonwealth incurred by your fiancé arising from their stay in Australia;
  • your fiancé(e)'s compliance with all relevant legislation and awards in relation to any employment they enter into in Australia
  • your fiancé(e)'s compliance with the conditions of their Prospective Marriage visa.

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Last reviewed Thursday 3 April 2014

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