Prospective Marriage Visa
If you are engaged to an Australian citizen or permanent resident, then you may enter Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130) and marry your intended. Persons engaged to eligible New Zealand citizens may also come to Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130). If you enter the country on this fiancé visa, then you must marry within nine months.
It is important to note that the Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130) is a nonimmigrant, temporary visa. That means you are not given Australian permanent resident status. To become a permanent resident, you must marry your Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen partner.
Once you enter Australia and marry your partner, you may apply for a Partner Visa. The Partner Visa is a permanent resident visa.
How to marry in Australia
If you come to Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130), then you will need to marry your partner within nine months of your arrival. In order to be eligible for a permanent resident partner visa after you are married, your marriage ceremony must be conducted properly according to law and you must register your marriage. The following are steps to officially be married as recognised by the Australian government.
1. Have an authorised marriage celebrant conduct your marriage ceremony.
2. Register your marriage at the registering authority in the place where you were married.
3. Apply for a marriage certificate at the registering authority in the place where you were married.
You must apply for a Partner Visa before your Fiancé Visa expires.
The Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen will act as the sponsor to the Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 13) applicant. The sponsor is responsible, specifically financially responsible, for the applicant and any dependent family members.