With a fiancé visa or Prospective Marriage Visa, applicants receive a temporary visa for 9 months to visit Australia and get married to the Australian partner they have. After getting married, you can complete the partner visa application to get a permanent residency within the validity period of your current visa.
To secure your eligibility, you need to fulfil these criteria:
You are engaged to your partner who is a permanent resident in Australia, a citizen in Australia or holds eligibility for New Zealand citizenship.
You intend to marry your Australian partner within the provided 9 months of the granted visa. After that, you intend to keep on living with your spouse.
You have personally met your fiancé and have known each other in person.
You as well as your fiancé are 18 years or older in age.
You meet all character and health requirements.
You have to be living outside Australia when applying for your prospective marriage visa and its decision.
After the grant of your initial application as a partner:
You become free to enter Australia, even before your marriage with the prospective spouse.
You can go in and out of Australia without any re-entry limitation during the period of 9 months of validity.
You are free to start working in Australia with all work rights.
You can begin studying in Australia; however, this visa doesn’t make you eligible for the funding provided by the government for tertiary education.
You can find out about the currently available processing time provided by the Department of Home Affairs via https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/300
Is it necessary to get married in Australia?
The required partner visa fees need to be submitted with the application and it is a non-refundable amount in any case. The fees are non-refundable even in the case of an unsuccessful application or withdrawal from the side of the applicant.
You can check the charges of this visa application on this government web page: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees
Subclass 300 validity duration
The validity duration is 9 months for the subclass 300 visa, which starts right after the approval.
What to expect after obtaining this visa?
With the acquisition of a prospective marriage visa, you can enter Australia. However, you can only marry your sponsor after using your visa for the initial entry.