Prospective Marriage Visa – Australia
The Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa (PMV) is a temporary, nine-month visa which enables the visa holder to travel to Australia to marry an intended spouse.
After marrying the intended spouse, a Prospective Marriage visa holder is expected to apply for permanent residence in Australia through a two-stage Partner visa process: first, the temporary Partner (subclass 820) visa; and, second, the permanent Partner (subclass 801) visa.
If a Prospective Marriage visa holder does not marry the intended spouse, the visa expires after nine months and, unless an application is made for another type of visa, the visa holder would be required to return to their country of origin.
The number of PMV/Fiancé visas issued by the Australian Immigration has ranged between 4,644 and 7,018 in the years between 2009 and 2016. This number seem to be dropping, even though the total for family places is increasing each year.
Latest PMV numbers being:
2015-16 4,644 PMV’s issued
2014-15 4,745 PMV’s issued
2013-14 5,421 PMV’s issued
2012-13 5,415 PMV’s issued
2011-12 6,496 PMV’s issued
2010-11 6,554 PMV’s issued
2009-10 7,018 PMV’s issued
Current Waiting Times (Processing Times) for the PMV are:
Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300). 75% of applications are processed in 12 months. Another 15% can take up to 17 months, with a further 10% taking over 17 months.