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Subclass 300 visa – prospective marriage visa – the first stage leading you to become an Australian permanent resident

Currently, there are 3 different types of Partner Visa. In which, the Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300) may be your best pathway allowing you to come to Australia to build up the relationship with your partner, facilitating you to marry your partner and staying permanently in Australia.

In fact, although the requirements of subclass 300 visa are less strict compared to Partner Subclass 309 visa, many are not granted the visa. The information in part 9 and 10 would help you understand more about the requirements.



What is a Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)?

Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300) is a temporary visa for applicants outside Australia. It allows eligible New Zealand citizens/Australians/Australian permanent residents to sponsor their prospective spouse to come to Australia for marriage, relationship building up and long-term stay.


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What is a Prospective Marriage Visa – Subclass 300?


Prospective Marriage visa is the first stage for permanent residency in Australia with a Subclass 820/801. For more information, please refer to “Permanent Partner Visa 2024”.


The benefits of a Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)

With a Subclass 300, you can:

    • Marry your partner within the 15-month visa period.
    • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want whilst your visa is valid.
    • Study and work in Australia.
    • Allow your eligible family members to come to Australia with you.


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The benefits of a Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)


Other pathways for building a family with your loved one in Australia, can be Subclass 820/801 and 309/100 Partner visa. These visas allow you and your spouse to stay temporarily in Australia before becoming permanent residents.


The requirements for Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)

To apply for a Prospective Marriage visa, you and your partner must meet the following requirements:


You and the sponsorAgeMust be 18 years old or older
Relationship status/history
    • Have met each other in person at least 12 months
    • Genuinely intend to marry each other
    • Meet the health and character requirements
    • Have no debt to the Australian government
The sponsorNationalityMust be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Visa conditions
    • Have not sponsored any person for the second time on a Partner visa.
    • The last partner sponsorship must be at least 5 years ago.
 Police checks
    • No criminal record


The Prospective Marriage visa cost (Subclass 300)

The Australian Department of Home Affairs provides a detailed visa application fee as following:


Types of charges and feesFee (in AUD)
For the visa applicant8,885
For the additional applicant
    • From and over 18 years of age: 4,430
    • Under 18 years of age: 2,215
Health, police certificates, and biometrics feesApproximately 300 per person

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


The Australian Government will not refund your fees when your visa application is refused. If your visa is canceled or refused, you will waste lots of time, money, and effort. Contact our registered consultant for advice.


Therefore, if you want to apply for the Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300), it’s best to contact VEM to get advice and assistance from our qualified and experienced consultants!


Consultation with VEM


Processing times of a Prospective Marriage visa Australia (Subclass 300)

According to the latest information from the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the processing time of the Subclass 300 takes 10 to 25 months.


Processing times
50% of applications are processed within10 months
90% of applications are processed within25 months


If you’re looking forward to marrying soon, your application for a visa Subclass 300 must be as accurate and detailed as possible, so it can be verified and validated quickly.


Mr. Peter Cao (CEO of VEM), a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648), has always been among the first people to get updates of Australian immigration changes. VEM’s clients, therefore, are always well informed and advised.


Steps to apply for a Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)

The process of applying for a Prospective Marriage visa includes 8 steps:

    • Step 1: Choose a suitable visa (VEM’s qualified and experienced consultant will directly assist you).
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents.
    • Step 3: Apply for the visa.
    • Step 4: Receive your application confirmation, health exam and biometrics requests from the DHA.
    • Step 5: Do health examinations and biometrics check.
    • Step 6: Provide other required documents (if requested).
    • Step 7: The DHA grants the Prospective Marriage visa.
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Steps to apply for a Australia 300 visa


Subclass 300 visa requires applicants to be outside Australia at the time of making application. Since VEM is located in Perth (Western Australia) and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, you always receive our support.

With professional assistance, VEM successfully helps Quynh Nhu obtain her visa to come to Australia to live with her partner – Thai.


Required documents for a Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)


Types of documents
Identification papers
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • Certified copies of your passport.
    • Proofs of legal name change (if necessary).
    • Proofs that you are single at the time you apply for a Subclass 300.
    • Proofs that you had ended your previous relationships.
Financial aspectsProofs showing financial sharing: bank accounts, credit cards, bills, etc.
Domestic aspects
    • Live together as a couple.
    • Share responsibilities if having kids.
Social aspectProofs shows that your relationship is known by others.
Long-term commitment aspect
    • The future plans.
    • Having children.
    • Having joint property ownership
Application formsOnline application forms via ImmiAccount. Contact VEM for assistance.


Required documents for a Prospective Marriage visa
Required documents for a Prospective Marriage visa


40,500 Partner visas are budgets for the year of 2023, but among which many Subclass 300 visas are not specified.

Complete your visa documents as soon as possible to have an opportunity to be granted a Subclass 300 in the financial year 2024!


Other requirements you should know when applying for a Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)?

    • The applicant must be outside Australia.
    • The applicant must be outside Australia when their application is approved.
    • Must marry your partner within the 15-month visa period to proceed to the next partner application stage.
    • The applicant and the sponsor can get married in any country as long as the marriage is accepted according to the Australia laws.


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Other requirements you should know when applying for a Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)?


Common reasons for a Subclass 300 visa being refused

Knowing these mistakes would reduce the risk of your 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 translated documents.
Insufficient relationship evidence

Lacking evidence of:

    • Financial aspect
    • Domestic aspect
    • Social aspect
    • Long-term commitment aspect
Interview mistakes
    • Unable to give satisfying answers during interview.
    • The information is conflicting.


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Common reasons for a Subclass 300 visa being refused


It’s of course not a good experience when your Subclass 300 visa is rejected, wasting time and effort. Contact VEM for assistance.

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


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 – a VEM’s client – is among cases that have been granted visa 300. Mr Phong Cao (CEO of VEM) is a MIA member, he has always been among the first people to get updates of Australian immigration changes.


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

Specifically, at the time Mrs Diem applied for a Subclass 300, 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, no. The validated period of a Prospective Marriage visa in Australia is 15 months.

After getting married in 15 months, you can apply for a Partner visa – Subclass 820/801 to become an Australian permanent resident.

Which questions can I expect during the interview?

After your application is complete, the Australian Government may interview you and your partner unexpectedly. Therefore, applicants may not be well-prepared and get the visa application refused.

VEM suggests several questions that you may encounter during a visa interview. Those questions are usually related to your relationship information provided.

After successfully applying for Australian visa 300, am I required to get married in Australia?

The 300 visa allows the sponsor to freely travel in and out of Australia. You can get married in Australia or in any accepted country.

Can I visit my prospective spouse while the 300 visa is being processed?

The Australian Government requires you to be outside of Australia before the Subclass 300 is processed. However, you can apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600). which can be processed within a month!

Contact VEM if you need assistance with a Tourist visa.

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

Absolutely yes. If your eligible family members meet the requirements. In case you have a baby after submitting your application and want to sponsor your child to come to Australia, you should contact VEM for further advice.

What should I do if my Subclass 300 visa gets refused?

If your visa happen to be refused, you can apply for a review with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal – AAT

If you win at the hearing session, the AAT will return your case to the DHA for being reconsidered. You are advised to contact VEM to figure out what to do next.


In order to get the best outcome of your visa application contact VEM for further assistance. Our registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and member of Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) will legally advise and help your visa application well-prepared for the best possible outcome.


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