Australia & South Africa

Marriage Visa sc 300

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia for up to 9 months from date of grant of visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia at your own expense
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want


Partner visa

If we grant you this visa and you and your spouse want to settle in Australia, apply for a Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801):

  • after you are married, and
  • before your Prospective Marriage visa ends

You will pay less for the Partner visa if you apply for it while your Prospective Marriage visa is still valid.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for up to 9 months from date of grant of visa. The visa period starts on the date it is granted.


Include family

You can:

  • You can include members of the family unit in your application.  when you apply
  • add family members to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health requirement.

Newborn children

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.


The visa costs AUD7,715 for the main applicant.

There is also a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

You will also pay a fee for your Partner visa. You pay less for this visa if you marry your prospective spouse and apply for the Partner visa before your Prospective Marriage visa ends.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we make a decision on your application.

Processing times

We process:

  • 75% of applications in 17 months
  • 90% of applications in 20 months

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We cannot process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case.

Your obligations

You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

Your marriage

You must enter Australia on the Prospective Marriage visa before the date specified on your grant letter.

You must have married your prospective spouse before your Prospective Marriage visa expires.

You can get married in Australia or any other country. Your marriage must be valid under Australian law.

Contact the office for more information