In Australia, the Prospective Marriage visa is designed for a person that is intending to marry an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The marriage must take place within 9 months of the granting of this visa. After they are married, this person is eligible for to apply for a permanent visa. The requirements that must be met for this visa are as follows:
• Must be over 18 years of age
• Be legally free to marry
• Be in a genuine relationship
• Have physically met previously and is known to the sponsor
• Intend to live with their sponsor as a married couple
An application for this visa must be lodged with the Department of Home Affairs and, as well as meeting the relationship requirements above, the person must pass standard health and character tests to be eligible.