Courtesy of the Migration Institute of Australia
The Department has provided the following response to enquiries regarding SC 300 Prospective Marriage Visa applications.
The Department continues to process Prospective Marriage visa applications. The current priority in the offshore Family program is finalising applications from immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents which meet all requirements for visa grant.
.Holders of Prospective Marriage (Subclass 300) visas are not necessarily deemed immediate family members and their requests are considered on a case by case basis. A person’s intention to marry their fiancé is not sufficient, in and of itself, to satisfy the definition of de facto partner.
If a Prospective Marriage visa holder considers they meet the definition of immediate family (eg because they are actually in a de facto relationship, or they are the parent of a minor child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident) they should provide evidence of the relationship through the exemptions form and, if accepted by the Department they will be recorded as exempt.
If they are not an immediate family member they can apply to be granted an exemption on the basis of compelling or compassionate circumstances. Please refer to the Commissioner’s Guidelines for more information on what constitutes compassionate and compelling circumstances.
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