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.
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.
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 sponsor
|Must be 18 years old or older
|Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
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 fees
|Fee (in AUD)
|For the visa applicant
|For the additional applicant
|Health, police certificates, and biometrics fees
|Approximately 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!
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.
|50% of applications are processed within
|90% of applications are processed within
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.
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
|Proofs showing financial sharing: bank accounts, credit cards, bills, etc.
|Proofs shows that your relationship is known by others.
|Long-term commitment aspect
|Online application forms via ImmiAccount. Contact VEM for assistance.
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.
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:
|Insufficient relationship evidence
Lacking evidence of:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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