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Old 02-03-2021, 11:41 PM
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Prospective Marriage Visa - subclass 300

Hi everyone!

I found this forum only yesterday, so I'm very new here. I can't seem to see many recent PMV threads.

I am Australian & my fiance is Texan, we've been together since 2018 and became engaged in 2020. Our last trip together was late 2019, we had travel plans booked last year but were cancelled due to Covid. We are going through a migration agent (review service only) and will be lodging in the next week or two. I feel pretty confident with our application, but will know more when the migration agent reviews our docs! We've met each others friends & family, but lieu of photos with many of them we are providing Form 888 stat dec's (around 15-20 of them). We have PayPal transfers, gift receipts, travel booking receipts (for Texas, New Orleans and around Melbourne), Victorian relationship certificate, letter from my landlord agreeing to put my fiance on my lease, and plenty of photos. We've appointed a celebrant and I've signed my part of the Notice of Intent to Marry (our celebrant and venue are flexible with dates thankfully!). Due to these border closures we've been apart for over a year and our initial wedding plans fell apart (all documented in our application). I have photos of the family heirloom ring my fiance will give to me when he is in Australia and my mother in law has included info on the ring in her Form 888. So we have a lot of evidence but it is still an incredibly nerve-racking process.

The DHA website says processing time is 19 months for 75% and 24 months for 90%. We are totally committed to one another, but it is still so much time apart (which I'm sure many people in this forum can empathise with!!). I was wondering if anyone has any recent experience with the PMV? Has anyone had any positive experiences with quick processing times?

Thanks in advance


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A fiancé is NOT a family member and could expect a problem applying for a travel exemption. From what you have posted, it looks as if you could satisfy the schedule 1 and the schedule 2 criteria to apply for a partner visa in the first instance. By applying for a subclass 300 visa, you might be shooting yourself in the foot; both feet. If you consulted a registered? migration agent for advice about applying for a subclass 300 visa, and that is what you get, best of luck.

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A fiancé is NOT a family member and could expect a problem applying for a travel exemption. From what you have posted, it looks as if you could satisfy the schedule 1 and the schedule 2 criteria to apply for a partner visa in the first instance. By applying for a subclass 300 visa, you might be shooting yourself in the foot; both feet. If you consulted a registered? migration agent for advice about applying for a subclass 300 visa, and that is what you get, best of luck.
Hi wrussell, thanks for your response. We do know we need to apply for a travel exemption, and that our 300 PMV application should satisfy the Department's travel exemption criteria. However your points are important and when we chat to the migration agent next week we'll see if they suggest we go straight for the partner visa instead of fiance.


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Hi everyone!

I found this forum only yesterday, so I'm very new here. I can't seem to see many recent PMV threads.

I am Australian & my fiance is Texan, we've been together since 2018 and became engaged in 2020. Our last trip together was late 2019, we had travel plans booked last year but were cancelled due to Covid. We are going through a migration agent (review service only) and will be lodging in the next week or two. I feel pretty confident with our application, but will know more when the migration agent reviews our docs! We've met each others friends & family, but lieu of photos with many of them we are providing Form 888 stat dec's (around 15-20 of them). We have PayPal transfers, gift receipts, travel booking receipts (for Texas, New Orleans and around Melbourne), Victorian relationship certificate, letter from my landlord agreeing to put my fiance on my lease, and plenty of photos. We've appointed a celebrant and I've signed my part of the Notice of Intent to Marry (our celebrant and venue are flexible with dates thankfully!). Due to these border closures we've been apart for over a year and our initial wedding plans fell apart (all documented in our application). I have photos of the family heirloom ring my fiance will give to me when he is in Australia and my mother in law has included info on the ring in her Form 888. So we have a lot of evidence but it is still an incredibly nerve-racking process.

The DHA website says processing time is 19 months for 75% and 24 months for 90%. We are totally committed to one another, but it is still so much time apart (which I'm sure many people in this forum can empathise with!!). I was wondering if anyone has any recent experience with the PMV? Has anyone had any positive experiences with quick processing times?

Thanks in advance

Subclass 300 is pretty silent lately.
My fiance and I lodged our application in Aug 2020 and haven't heard anything from DHA till date. We uploaded most docs upfront, Ive done biometrics as well.
We keep supplying evidences from time to time.
Our migration agent asked us not to do the medicals and wait till DHA asks (not sure if its a good idea or not)
Still waiting......


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Hi wrussell, thanks for your response. We do know we need to apply for a travel exemption, and that our 300 PMV application should satisfy the Department's travel exemption criteria. However your points are important and when we chat to the migration agent next week we'll see if they suggest we go straight for the partner visa instead of fiance.
Even holding a 300 visa does not satisfy the travel exemption requirements:

“ If you hold a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, please be aware that you need to request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions and this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. An intention to marry is not sufficient evidence to demonstrate that you are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You can provide proof of your relationship, or evidence that you meet any other individual exemption category, by applying online at the bottom of this page.”


As Westley said, If you are confident that your situation meets the travel exemption criteria, then why would it not meet the partner visa criteria?

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I'm in a similar situation. My partner is located in Melbourne and I live here in DC - we lodged in March 2020 and have not received any updates. From everything I've read and heard from others in the PMV300 boat, very very few are being processed. My partner and I have been looking into converting to a 309. I would say the FB groups for Partner visas have been very helpful in tracking grants. We did not apply for the 309 originally since we have never lived together and were worried about fulfilling that qualification.

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Subclass 300 is pretty silent lately.
My fiance and I lodged our application in Aug 2020 and haven't heard anything from DHA till date. We uploaded most docs upfront, Ive done biometrics as well.
We keep supplying evidences from time to time.
Our migration agent asked us not to do the medicals and wait till DHA asks (not sure if its a good idea or not)
Still waiting......
Thanks for the timeline update ... best of luck with hearing from DHA soon!


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Even holding a 300 visa does not satisfy the travel exemption requirements:

“ If you hold a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, please be aware that you need to request an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions and this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. An intention to marry is not sufficient evidence to demonstrate that you are an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You can provide proof of your relationship, or evidence that you meet any other individual exemption category, by applying online at the bottom of this page.”


As Westley said, If you are confident that your situation meets the travel exemption criteria, then why would it not meet the partner visa criteria?
Hi Paul. As I mentioned, we are due to speak to our migration agent next week after they have gone through our documentation.


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I'm in a similar situation. My partner is located in Melbourne and I live here in DC - we lodged in March 2020 and have not received any updates. From everything I've read and heard from others in the PMV300 boat, very very few are being processed. My partner and I have been looking into converting to a 309. I would say the FB groups for Partner visas have been very helpful in tracking grants. We did not apply for the 309 originally since we have never lived together and were worried about fulfilling that qualification.

Best of luck!
Hi there - that sounds very similar to us, with regards to the 309 & not living together. We had planned to live together in 2020 but of course covid changed all of that. We have written about that in our statements, so will see what the agent recommends when we see her next week. Thanks for the FB group tip and best of luck to you too!


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