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Getting Married to Stay in Australia (Prospective Marriage Visa)
Tim Manger
Civil Marriage Celebrant

Are you current traveling on a Visa and considering marrying someone to stay in Australia?

What is a Prospective Marriage Visa?

A Prospective Marriage Visa allows you entry into Australia, and potentially marry your intended fiancé (utilising your visa's nine month validity period). In order to meet certain criteria, your fiancé must be one of the following:

Important Note: As the partner or fiancé of an Australian citizen (Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen) you do not automatically become a permanent resident in Australia. If you want to become a permanent resident in Australia, you will need to apply for a permanent visa. You will then be re-assessed against the legal criteria for the grant of that visa.

It may also be worth noting that there is an application fee for a Prospective Marriage Visa, which does not get refunded if your application is unsuccessful (or if you withdraw your Visa application after lodgement). The application fee covers yourself and any family members included in the application.

Being issued with a Prospective Marriage Visa means you:

  • Must enter Australia before you marry your fiancé
  • May leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish (before your visa ceases - 9 months after being granted)
  • Can legally work in Australia
  • Can apply for a Partner visa in Australia (after marriage to your fiancé)
  • Can study in Australia (but you will not have any access to government funding)
  • May use Medicare (Australia's medical expenses and hospital care assistance scheme), but only if you are already in Australia and have applied for a Partner Visa

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What is a Prospective Marriage Visa?

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A Prospective Marriage Visa allows you entry into Australia, and potentially marry your intended fiance (utilising your visa's nine month validity period). Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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Once you are married, you will immediately apply for a Provisional Partner Visa, which will be valid until your Permanent Partner Visa is either accepted or declined. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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What are the advantages of getting married whilst on a Holiday Visa?

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The major advantage is cost. A Prospective Marriage Visa is currently $7,000AU, whereas a Holiday Visa is only $30AU. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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What is the major advantage of applying for a Holiday Visa as opposed to a Proespective Marriage Visa?

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Cost. A Holiday Visa is $30AU, and Prospective Marriage Visa is $7,000AU. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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Once we are married how long does it take to get a Permanent Partner Visa?

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It takes about 2 years to be eligible to apply for a Permanent Partner Visa. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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Are there any alternatives to a Prospective Marriage Visa?

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Yes, your partner can travel to Australia on a holiday VISA. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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Do I automatically become an Australian Citizen once I am married?

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No. If you want to become a permanent resident in Australia, you will need to apply for a permanent visa. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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What is the biggest negative when applying for Holiday Visa to be married in Australia?

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The 2 major drawbacks of the Holiday Visa, are that your partner cannot work whilst in Australia, and also the VIsa is only valid for 3 months. Sometimes the marriage may not be solemnised in time to meet the deadline of the Visa. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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If we are both from overseas should we apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa?

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No, you cannot apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa if you are both from overseas. At least one of you needs to be an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen. Furthermore, your partner cannot be in Australia, when appplying for the Prospective Marriage Visa. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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How much money will we save if we get married while on a Holiday Visa?

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You will save around $7,000. You need to talk to me first so that I can step you through the process. I charge a consulting fee for the priveldge, however you will save a fortune. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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What is the minimum criteria for a Prospective Marriage Visa?

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In order to meet certain criteria, your fiance must be, An Australian citizen, An Australian permanent resident, An eligible New Zealand citizen. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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How much is your fee for a Visa related marriage?

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My fee varies, depending on whether you have applied for (or are in the process of applying for) a prospective marriage visa, have completed a Notice of Intended Marriage, or require certain correspondence for your Immigration Agent. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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Are there any negatives to getting married whilst on a Holiday Visa?

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Yes, the partner who is on the Holiday Visa will be unable to work whilst in Australia, whilst the VISA is only for 3 months, so the marriage would have to be solemnised as soon as the partner arrived, in order to allow for marriage processing time. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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How long can my partner stay in Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa?

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9 months, however they are unable to receive Australian Government benefits in that time. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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Which VISA do we need to apply for if we are both from overseas and wanting to get married in Australia?

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If you are both from overseas and non-residents or citizens of Australia, you will most likely apply for a 3 month Holiday Visa. Please note that you will not be able to work in Australia whilst on a Holiday Visa. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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If I am an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident can my overseas partner apply for a Holiday Visa to get married in Australia?

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Yes, a Holiday Visa is definitely the cheapest option, but there are a few negatives. Please contact me so that I can step you through the process. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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If my partner is travelling on a Holiday Visa can they be legally married while they are in Australia?

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Yes, anybody can be legally married while in Australia. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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Yes, provided that the marriage ceremony is booked as early as possible, when the partner travelling from overseas arrives. This will allow maximum tine for processing the papers with Birth Deaths and Marriages. Talk to me today about getting married - Call: (+61) 0400 161 078

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