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Subclass 300 visa – your first step to become a permanent Australian resident in 2021

Subclass 300 is also known as Prospective Marriage visa which is the very first foundation of your settlement in Australia. However, it’s easier said than done as there have been many cases where the applications got rejected. That’s why you should take a closer look at the following details for more information.

 

 

What exactly is a Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300?

Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300) is a temporary visa that allows you to live and marry your prospective spouse in Australia for 9 months then proceed to settling down with a Partner visa subclass 820/801.

 

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What is a Prospective Marriage Visa – Subclass 300?

 

The benefits of having a Subclass 300 visa

This visa officially lets you:

  • Stay in Australia for 9 months from the date of visa grant.
  • Travel within and outside of Australia as many times as you wish.
  • Study and work in Australia at your own expense.
  • Sponsor another eligible family member.

 

Beside many visa application services, VEM also provides people with Australian English courses for their stay in Australia. It’s an unique course that is specifically designed to meet your migration purposes.

 

Contact VEM right now for more promotions of the course.

The requirements of a Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

To apply for a prospective marriage visa, you and your partner must fulfil the following requirements:

 

Criterias Requirements
You and the sponsor Age Must be 18 years old or older
Relationship status/history
    • Have known and met each other in person within 6 months
    • Genuinely intend to marry your Australian partner
    • Must intend to live as partners
Staying time Must marry within 9-month  when the Subclass 300 visa is still valid (to continue with Partner visa 820/801 later on)
Others
    • Must meet the health requirements
    • Must meet the character requirements
    • Must be free of debt to the Australian government
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or application refused
The sponsor Nationality Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Previous visa background
    • Have not sponsored more than 1 other person for a Partner visa or Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300).
    • Have not sponsored another person on a Partner visa or Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) in the last 5 years.
    • The last time you were granted a Partner visa or Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) was less than 5 years.
  Others
    • Meet the health requirements
    • No criminal background

 

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Requirements of a Prospective Marriage Visa – Subclass 300

 

The cost of a Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300?

You are expected to pay quite a lot of charges and fees for the Subclass 300 visa. To be more specific,

 

Types of charges and fees The amount of money (AUD)
For the visa applicant 7,715
For the accompany member
    • Over 18 years old: 3,860
    • Under 18 years old: 1,935
Others: health, criminal record, biometrics Approximately AUD300 per person

Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.

 

When your visa is cancelled or refused, you not only waste lots of time but also a great deal of money and effort. Therefore, you should contact consultants here in VEM for accurate advice about the application fees and procedures.

Processing times of a Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

Your visa processing times will depend greatly on the accuracy of your documents and papers.

 

There are no standard processing times available for a Subclass 300 visa. However, with our experience, VEM’s consultants estimated the processing time will be around 22-30 months depending on your application.

 

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Cost and Processing time of a Subclass 300 Visa

 

If you’re looking forward to marrying soon, your application for a Subclass 300 visa must be as accurate and detailed as possible so that the Australian Government can validate and verify your application quickly.

That’s why VEM is here for immediate assistance. We have had more than 10 years of experience in Australian migration and we have helped make many people’s Australian dreams come true.

Therefore, VEM knows what a complete application needs. Contact us now for consultancy.

Step by step of a Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

  • Step 1: Research and choosing a suitable visa
  • Step 2: Provide necessary information
  • Step 3: Apply for the visa and pay required the charges and fees
  • Step 4: The Australian Government approves your Subclass 300 visa application
  • Step 5: Health checkups and give biometrics
  • Step 6: Attach other required documents (if needed)
  • Step 7: The Australian Government grants you your Subclass 300 visa
  • Step 8: Visit Australia for marriage and proceed to Partner visa 820/801

What documents and papers are required when it comes to a Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

 

Types of documents
Identification papers
    • Copies of your certified birth certificate
    • Copies of your certified identification papers
    • Copies of your certified passport
    • Proofs if there are previous changes in this papers
    • Proofs that you are single at the time you apply for a Subclass 300 visa
    • Proofs that you had ended any previous romantic relationships
Proofs of financial commitment between you and your partner Satisfy the financial requirements such as: using a joint bank account, regularly transferring money or sending gifts to each other, etc.
Proofs of relationship between you and your partner
    • Live together as spouses
    • Share responsibilities if having kids
Proofs of social commitment between you and your partner Proofs that your relationship has been made public to your families and friends (photos with friends, hanging out with families, etc)
Proofs of long-term commitment between you and your partner
    • Discussion about the future such as: wedding, travel plan, etc
    • Plan on buying non – current assets such as properties, cars, etc
    • Provide photos of you and your partner living, travelling and spending time together, receipts of flight tickets, hotel reservations, etc
Application forms VEM will provide these forms and instruct you

 

What you should know when applying for a Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

  • When applying for a Subclass 300 visa, applicants may be inside or outside of Australia.
  • The applicants must be offshore (outside of Australia) when their application is approved.
  • Must marry within 9 months when the visa is still valid.
  • You and your future spouse can choose to marry anywhere you’d like as long as that marriage is legal under the Australia laws.

Common reasons for a Subclass 300 visa rejection

Knowing these mistakes would reduce the risk of your Subclass 300 visa being rejected. In most cases, the application for a Prospective Marriage visa is refused due to:

 

Documents inaccuracy
    • Not submitting a proper application and sufficient documents
    • Unclear and inaccurate documents
    • Inaccurate translation in papers
Inaccurate relationship proofs
    • Unrealistic financial proofs
    • Unconvincing proofs of family and social commitment
    • There is an arrangement in your marriage
    • You met your partner as a child and the marriage was arranged
    • You meet your partner online and do not have any commitments
Interview
    • Give false answers during interview
    • Unable to give answer during interview
    • Both of you and your partner’s answers don’t match up

 

You would be heartbroken if your Subclass 300 visa got rejected because of those trivial incidents, even when your feelings are genuine. Therefore, you should contact VEM as soon as possible.

We have two offices in both Australia and Vietnam. That’s why you’ll receive the support from us despite the geographic distance.

 

Besides, Mr Phong Cao (the CEO of VEM) is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) and he is licensed by the Australian Government (MARA). Thus, he is responsible for the advice, assistance and information provided for you. Here in VEM, we can assure you that your application will be undertaken under the law.

 

Client’s story

The Australian Migration Regulations are constantly changing. And those who are members of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) are always the first to receive information about any types of changes.

Hence, working with a MIA member when lodging for a visa means you’ll also receive those latest updates such as: the applicants’ rights, visa requirements, cost, processing times, etc. If you’re not updated soon enough, your documents may not fulfil the requirements of the Australian Department of Migration.

 

Mrs Thi Ngoc Diem Huynh – VEM’s client – is a typical example for this case. Because Mr Phong Cao (CEO of VEM) is a MIA member. That’s why he’s able to receive early changes about visas during COVID-19.

 

He had advised Mrs Diem to quickly finish her papers then apply for a visa. Thanks to that, her Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300 is approved sooner than the usual processing times.

Specifically, at the time Mrs Diem applied for a Subclass 300 visa, the processing times on the official Australian Government website would be 12 to 18 months.

But due to the fast updates and accurate consultancy from Mr Phong Cao, Mrs Diem was granted a 300 visa on 16th March, 2021 which was 8 months and 10 days after her visa lodgement.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Can I extend my Subclass 300 visa?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. The valid date for a Prospective Marriage visa in Australia is 15 months due to COVID-19.

However, after getting married in 9 months, you should consider a Partner visa 820/801 to become a permanent resident in Australia.

What questions can I expect during the interview?

After your application is complete, the Australian Government will interview you and your partner unexpectedly. Hence, there’s a high possibility that you won’t be well-prepared for the answers. This can play a big part in the successful outcome of your Subclass 300 visa.

VEM has collected several questions that you can encounter during visa interviews. Those questions are usually related to your relationship, future plans of you and your partner.  Contact us now for more details.

After my Subclass 300 visa is granted, do I have to marry my fiance in Australia?

This visa allows you to have free entries within or outside of Australia, so you are not required to marry in Australia. Wherever you choose to marry is fine as long as it’s legal under the Australian Law.

Can I visit my partner while the Subclass 300 visa is being processed?

You must be offshore when the visa is being processed. However, you can still come to Australia using a Visitor visa (subclass 600). With this visa, you’ll only have to wait for 2-5 months to see your fiance.

If you have an intention to get a Visitor visa, contact VEM for consultancy.

Can I include another family member? What do I need to include another member?

The answer is absolutely yes.

  • You can include your immediate family members in your application when you apply.
  • You can also add family members after you apply for your application but must be before the DHA decision.
  • You must meet health and character requirements.
  • Your children who make the application with you must be under 18 years old or under 23 years old but still dependent on you.

However, this is a complicated case. Please contact VEM for direct assistance.

What should I do if my Subclass 300 visa got rejected?

If your visa happen to be refused, you can send your complaint to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal – AAT

After careful reconsideration, if your application is valid, the AAT will follow the initial decision of the Department. You are advised to contact VEM to figure out what to do next.

If the AAT still finds your application unconvincing, they’ll send your documents back to the Department. Then you will receive further instructions. If you’re one of VEM’s clients, we’ll continue to assist you during this stage without charging any additional fees.


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As you can see, preparations for visa application is extremely important. The process would take so much more time than it usually is if there’s a small mistake.

Therefore, you should look for any helpful and legal advice. That’s why VEM is here to help you.

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