Prospective Marriage Visa

The Prospective Marriage visa enables fiance(e)s of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to enter Australia and marry their spouse within the visa's nine month validity. This visa entitles the holder to apply for a Spouse visa once the couple has married.


The applicant must enter Australia, marry their sponsor and apply for a Spouse visa all within this nine month period that the visa is valid. To be eligible to apply for a Prospective Marriage visa you must demonstrate that you:

- have personally known (i.e. physically met with) your Australian sponsor;
- are engaged to marry your Australian sponsor in Australia;
- will marry your Australian sponsor within the visa validity period;
- intend to live together in a genuine spousal relationship; and
- will apply for a Spouse visa in Australia within the visa validity period.

You are also required to satisfy health and character requirements.

You must apply for a Prospective Marriage visa from outside Australia and you must be outside Australia at the time the visa is granted.


As a holder of a Prospective Marriage visa you are permitted to work, study and travel freely in and out of Australia during the 9 month validity period. You are also entitled to apply for a Spouse visa in Australia after you marry your fiance(e).

Once you have lodged your Spouse visa application you are also entitled to access government subsidised health care (Medicare).

Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.