Australia immigration: subclass 300 prospective marriage visa
If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or an eligible New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Australia, it may be possible to obtain a visa for your foreign fiancee to come to Australia for the purpose of getting married. There are a number of visa options for a foreign national to come to Australia, and it can be difficult to determine which visa your loved one should attempt to pursue.
If your fiancee resides in another country and you want to bring him or her to Australia for marriage, a subclass 300 prospective marriage visa is most likely your best choice. This visa category allows an individual to live, work, and study in Australia for up to nine months. It should be noted that the prospective marriage visa is not a permanent migrant visa. It is a temporary visa that allows the fiancee to enter Australia for a limited time and purpose: to marry his or her Australian sponsor. After the marriage, the foreign spouse can apply immediately for a subclass 820 provisional spousal visa onshore, which grants the holder conditional permanent resident status and allows him or her to remain in the country initially for two years.
Visitor visas and other temporary visas
Some couples hoping to avoid the time-consuming fiancee visa application process have attempted to obtain non-immigrant (temporary) visas that would allow their foreign fiancees to come to Australia as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, applying for a visitor, tourist, or student visa often proves to be a waste of time and money.
Generally, Australian temporary visas are difficult to obtain, particularly if the applicant’s country of residence has a low standard of living. To qualify for a tourist visa or a non-migrant visa of any other type, applicants must prove that they do not intend to migrate to Australia, and that they do not wish to remain in the country on a long-term basis.
Your fiancee will have to prove that she intends to stay in Australia only for a short period of time, after which she plans to return to her home country. If there is an ongoing romantic relationship between the applicant and a prospective Australian spouse who could later sponsor the applicant for a migrant family-class spousal or partner visa, it will be difficult for the foreign fiancee to qualify for a visitor visa. In such situations, Embassy officials often assume that the foreign applicant plans to marry her prospective spouse and obtain an Australian spousal visa by lodging an application onshore, which will grant her the right to remain in Australia on a permanent basis. On balance, taking your personal circumstances, the adjudicating migration officer may assume there is a real likelihood that your loved one may be unwilling to return to her home country at the end of any period of stay granted to her. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to overcome this presumption in most cases.
Subclass 300 visa
For these reasons, if you wish to bring a foreign national to Australia for marriage, it is advisable to apply for a subclass 300 prospective marriage visa. If the fiancee visa requirements are met and the application is prepared accurately and completely, chances are good that the application process to obtain a fiancee visa for Australia will ultimately result in approval.
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