The Prospective Marriage Visa Subclass 300
This visa, often called a PMV, allows people to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse, and the couple must intend to marry (within 9 months of Visa grant) and live as husband and wife with each other.
The Applicant must:
- intend to marry and live as husband or wife with the prospective spouse
- be sponsored by the prospective spouse
- know the prospective spouse and have met in person
- be the opposite sex to the prospective spouse
- meet age, health and character requirements.
The sponsor of this Visa, the relevant partner, must be one of the following:
- Australian citizen
- Australian permanent resident
- Eligible New Zealand citizen.
You cannot be a sponsor if you:
- were sponsored for a Partner or Prospective Spouse visa within the past five years.
- have previously sponsored two people for migration to Australia and they were granted a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa.
- have sponsored another person for migration to Australia within the past five years and they were granted a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa.
Cost of PMV, Prospective Marriage Visa Subclass 300
The cost of the Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa, at March 2017 is A$6,865 for the main applicant. Additional application fees apply for children included in the application, and these are currently $1,720 for each child under 18.
There are other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests.
What Happens After the Grant of PMV
Once the PMV has been granted, the applicant can travel to Australia, and the couple must marry within 9 months and then, while in Australia, submit a Partner Application subclass 820, which has a reduced application charge of A$1,145 for those transferring from the 300 to the 820.
What Happens if PMV Applicant is in Australia when PMV decision is made
Some people travel to Australia on a Tourist Visa while the PMV application is being processed. These people must leave Australia before the decision is made by the Department of Immigration. Many will make a trip to New Zealand, or Bali, Vanuatu, Thailand etc, so they can get the decision and then return and activate the PMV on arrival. A round trip Cruise WILL NOT activate the PMV.
The PMV is often finalised with a day or a few days of leaving Australia for that purpose.
Subclass 300 visa processing times
75 per cent of applications are processed within 12 months of application date.
A further 15 per cent of applications are processed between 12 and 17 months of application date.
About 10 per cent of applications take over 17 months.
(as at April 2017)
Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection: Subclass 300 Visa