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Prospective Marriage Visas

Who is eligible for this visa?

To be eligible for a Prospective Marriage visa, you must:

  • Be sponsored by an eligible sponsor who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Have met your fiancé in person.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or over.
  • Be of the opposite sex to your fiancé.
  • Have no legal impediment to marrying your fiancé.
  • Genuinely intend to marry the person within 9 months of being granted the visa (a Notice of Intended Marriage must be lodged with an authorised marriage celebrant prior to lodging an application).
  • Genuinely intend to live with your fiancé as husband and wife.

Who is eligible to be a sponsor?

In order to be an eligible sponsor under the migration law, the person must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen (Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens must satisfy the ‘usually resident’ requirement).
  • Not be the holder of a Woman at Risk visa that has been granted in the past 5 years.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or over.
  • Have no impediment to marry.
  • Have met you in person.
  • Not have sponsored another fiancé or partner within the last 5 years.
  • Not have been sponsored as a fiancé or partner by anyone else in the last 5 years.
  • Not have previously sponsored 2 or more persons as a fiancé or partner.

What must you do after the prospective visa is granted?

You must enter Australia after the grant and marry your fiancé within 9 months of the visa grant. Thereafter, you may lodge an application for a Partner visa in Australia. Whilst on a prospective visa, you are entitled to work and study in Australia.

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