The Fiancé Visa (Subclass 300) also known as the Prospective Marriage Visa is a temporary visa allowing you to enter Australia to Marry your partner. This visa is granted for a period of 9 months.
You must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa, and when the visa is granted. Your fiancé must sponsor you and be an Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen. It may be possible for you to apply for a visitor visa to visit your partner during the processing of your Prospective Marriage Visa depending on your circumstances.
Your marriage may take place either in or outside Australia as long as the marriage takes place after your first entry into Australia on your prospective marriage visa. You must be able to legally marry according to Australian law.
You must genuinely intend to marry your fiancé. You must also genuinely intend to live with your fiancé as a married couple.
You and your partner must have met in person as adults (i.e. since turning 18 years of age).
Your marriage must be arranged to take place during the validity of your Prospective Marriage Visa and evidence must be submitted with your application. You can choose to arrange a religious or non-religious marriage. We regularly assist in providing couples with advice regarding the organising and recognition of their marriage in the state that they reside.
In addition to identity documents, evidence of your genuine intention to marry and documentation regarding your relationship must be supplied with your application. Statutory declarations from family and friends and relationship statements must also be submitted.
After marriage, and before the Prospective Marriage visa expires, you must apply for an Onshore Partner Visa (Subclass 820) to allow you to remain in Australia.
Processing times depend on country of the passport holder and country of origin of the applicant.
Current processing times for Partner visas as indicated by the Australian Department of Immigration website, are published here.