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It’s also been a while since Down Under Visa did a BLOG post on Prospective Marriage Visas (aka Fiancee Visas, Fiance Visas or PMV’s). We’re getting back to basics, as many of our readers may be new.

To apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa you must be engaged to be married to an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or Eligible New Zealand Citizen.

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A Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa is a temporary visa that is valid for nine months from the date of the visa grant. If an Australian Prospective Marriage Visa is granted, the applicant must enter Australia and marry the sponsor, ie the Australian spouse-to-be within that nine month period. You can then apply for an onshore Partner Visa when you are in Australia and married so the applicant can stay.

If you are already married, or are intending to marry your fiancé/fiancée before they enter Australia, or if you have been living in a de facto (“live-in”) relationship with your fiancée for over twelve months and can prove it, then you should apply for a Partner Visa instead.

After the marriage you need to lodge an application in Australia for a Temporary Partner Visa.

You must ensure that you have made your initial entry to Australia on your Prospective Marriage visa:

  • by the date on the visa grant
  • before you marry your fiancé
  • before the visa expires at the end of nine months

Whilst most couples marry in Australia, you can marry either inside or outside Australia provided you have entered Australia on the Prospective Marriage Visa first before the actual marriage takes place.

Now, why would you apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa and not a Partner Visa?

You would do this if you want to marry in Australia later, then this is the way to go. Marriage in the the Philippines requires time, and in this day and age where few can get a few weeks holiday in one go, this is often more convenient.

  • The applicant must be inside the Philippines (ie. outside of Australia) when we lodge the fiancée visa (prospective marriage visa) application, and;
  • Outside of Australia when the prospective marriage visa is granted.

Please go to the website, which is www.downundervisa.com.au and fill in the FREE Visa Assessment Form.

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11 Comments

  1. LAURIE GOODWIN

    HELLO I HAVE A FRIEND FROM THE PHILIPPINES THAT IS ON A SUBCLASS 300 AND WAS GOING TO MARRY THIS MONTH BUT THE RELATIONSHIP HAS ENDED BUT HER VISA IS TILL DEC THIS YEAR.SHE DOES NOT WANT TO STAY WITH HER SPONSER ONLY HER SISTER.WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW FOR THE FILLIPINO GIRL.CAN SHE STAY WITH HER SISTER UNTIL DEC THEN LEAVE? THANKS

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    • Jeff Harvie

      They are both required to contact the Department of Immigration as soon as the relationship breaks down. They are required to do that by law. She can discuss her options with them. But she is in Australia by virtue of the relationship. If the relationship no longer exists, she has no legal right to be in Australia. She risks detention and deportation.

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      • LAURIE GOODWIN

        OK THANKS DO YOU HAVE A NUMBER SHE CAN RING AND DISCUSS THIS MATTER OR IS IT EASIER TO GO TO THE IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN BRISBANE.DO THEY BOTH NEED TO GO TOGETHER OR SHE CAN RING AND DISCUSS..THANKS

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        • Jeff Harvie

          They should both discuss it, as they both have an obligation to report it. She can call the 131881 number, and they will help her.

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  2. Ray Elson

    Hi Jeff,
    I am happy to go with you so I need to converse with you on what I have to do?
    I have had a go at trying to do the immigrations forms and stuffed it up so your assistance would be greatful.
    your name has been given to me By Mr. Kevin Turner of Townsville.
    I await your reply.
    Best regards
    Ray Eslon

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  3. Brian James rice

    Just wondering if the payment can b payed off if harf is payed

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    • Jeff Harvie

      Hello Brian. The Department want full payment of their fees when the application is lodged. And we need to be paid at that point too. Otherwise we would spend half our time chasing people for money.

      Reply
  4. matt

    Hello My fiancee and I will get married in Australia this month. She is from Coast rica. She is here in Australia on a tourist visa, single entry 60 days. We return both to Costa rica Feb 20.

    Obviously we can apply for a partner visa onshore or offshore. Once you lodge the partner visa and the part B Bridging visa, she can come and go as we like.

    My question is I heard there is a difference of $1500 between onshore and offshore application.Is this true?

    Also does being married assist at all if we just apply for a tourist visa to re enter next time?

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    • Jeff Harvie

      These days there is no difference in cost between an onshore and an offshore partner visa application.

      Reply
  5. Jojie

    I have a partner visa already and expiring on 30th December 2017, we’re planning to get married on August and after the wedding we’re going to apply 820 visa. I just want to know how long is the visa processing?

    Reply
    • Jeff Harvie

      You have a partner visa and are applying for a partner visa? I don’t follow.

      Reply

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