If you want to come to Australia to marry your prospective spouse, you can apply for this temporary visa which lasts for nine months. You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when the visa is granted.
In order to apply for this visa, you must fulfil certain factors, such as;
- You must intend to marry and live as husband or wife with your prospective spouse.
- You must be sponsored by your prospective spouse.
- You must know your prospective spouse and have met in person.
- Be the opposite sex to your prospective spouse (same-sex couples can apply for a Partner visa based on their de facto relationship) and you must meet age, health and character requirements.
- You must not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government.
- Your application must include proof that you plan to marry your prospective spouse within nine months of being granted the visa.
- You might be asked to provide biometrics.
- You may include your dependent children and other dependent relatives in your visa application (after fulfilling the required conditions).
It is important to know that this visa is valid for nine months. It cannot be extended and you cannot be granted another Prospective Marriage visa in Australia even if you have not yet married your sponsor but still intend to do so.
When you are granted this visa, you can:
- enter Australia before you marry your prospective spouse
- travel in and out of Australia as often as you want
- work in Australia, although some employers might not hire people with temporary visas
- study in Australia, but with no access to government funding for tertiary study
- apply for a Partner visa, in Australia, after your marriage.
It is important that you must be sponsored by your prospective spouse and you must have met your prospective spouse in person, as adults. They must be at least 18 years of age and either:
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- an eligible New Zealand citizen.
There are some limitations on sponsorship. 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.
Your sponsorship could still be approved if there are compelling circumstances affecting you.
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