New Travel Exemption For Prospective Marriage Visa Holders

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If you are overseas and have a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, you can now apply for a travel exemption to enter Australia.

The conditions are that

  • You must hold the Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa; and
  • Your visa application was lodged at least 12 months before submitting a travel exemption request.

Until now, fiancés have had to meet strict criteria to be eligible for a travel pass because of tight coronavirus border restrictions.

Announcing the change, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said the decision needed to be balanced against safeguarding the health of Australians through travel restrictions.

“Allowing prospective marriage visa holders to apply for an exemption to come to Australia, get married and start their lives here, will bring relief to those whose plans have been disrupted for so long by COVID-19,” she said on 18 August.

“These people have been patiently waiting to reunite with loved ones and I’m pleased I could make this change to allow for their reunification in Australia.”

The change is expected to allow 1600 people to immediately apply to come to Australia.

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