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The Prospective Marriage visa allows you to travel to Australia to marry your prospective spouse and apply for a Partner visa. This visa is suitable for individuals that are in a relationship with a person from overseas, but do not have enough evidence to lodge a Partner visa application.
To be approved for sponsorship, your sponsor must be:
In addition to the above, you are barred from sponsoring you if:
Unless compelling and compassionate circumstances applies.
To be eligible for the visa, you must be:
To be eligible for a Permanent Partner visa, you must:
There are 4 main aspects of the relationship that the Department of Home Affairs will consider when assessing any partner visa application:
Under this section, you can provide facts and evidence of your financial commitment to each other.
In this section, you can provide evidence of any joint responsibility for the care and support of children, your living arrangements and sharing of the responsibility for housework.
In this section, you can outline important social aspects of your relationship, including opinion of your family, friends and acquaintances about the nature of your relationship.
In this section, you can outline significant events in your lives during which you have relied on each other for support and future plans together.
Ideally, we recommend that you apply for an Onshore Partner Visa.
However, you may not always be eligible for this. This could be due to many factors, including:
If the above circumstances apply to you, we recommend that you apply for Subclass 309/100 or a Prospective Marriage Visa.
We have summarised a cost estimate for a Prospective Marriage Visa application as below.
If you are in a relationship with a person from overseas, but do not have enough evidence to lodge a Partner visa application, we recommend that you apply for a Prospective Partner Visa.
Once your visa is granted, you are able to travel to Australia.
Once you are in Australia, you are required to marry your prospective partner within the visa validity period.
Once you are married, to begin your permanent residency journey, you are required to apply for Subclass 820, before your visa expire.
Once you have applied for Subclass 820, wait for the Department to respond with any documents that they require to process your application.
Once the Department is satisfied that you have met all the criteria for a Subclass 820 grant, they will grant the Subclass 820 Visa Application.
Alternatively, if you have been in a long-term relationship before you lodge your 820 (temporary) application, the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 801) may be granted immediately along with the temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 820).
You are eligible to apply for the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 801) if you have a temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 820) granted. After two years from the date of lodgement from Subclass 820, you can lodge your Subclass 801 application.
75% of applications are processed in 23 Months
90% of applications are processed in 29 months
On 10 December 2020, Prospective Marriage visa holders or former visa holders who were outside Australia on that day, and who held a Prospective Marriage visa at any time between 6 October 2020 and 10 December 2020 had their visa validity period extended to 31 March 2022.
Individual visa holders have been notified by the Department.
Visa Application Refunds
Refunds are being provided where COVID-19 related travel restrictions have impacted the ability of the visa holder to travel to Australia.
If your Prospective Marriage visa validity period was extended on 10 December 2020, the payer of the VAC may request a refund if:
Generally, a refund request can only be made by the person shown as the ‘payer’ on the original VAC receipt. Refund requests must be made by 31 December 2022.
If your Prospective Marriage visa ceased between 20 March 2020 and 5 October 2020 the payer of the VAC may be eligible for a VAC refund if your visa ceased while you were outside Australia.
As part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Government announced that it will implement reforms to strengthen the integration outcomes of the Partner program by the end of 2021. These include:
The English language requirement may be met by demonstrating that the person has made a ‘reasonable effort’ to learn English, or demonstrating an existing level of English, for example Functional English.
THE NEW SPONSORSHIP FRAMEWORK
The new sponsorship framework will separate the sponsorship and visa application into two separate processes. The sponsorship application will be assessed separately and will need to be approved before a valid Partner visa application can be lodged.
In addition to the above, The Department can also: •