Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holders can now apply for Individual exemptions from travel restrictions.
Federal Government says the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force and ‘decision makers’ may grant an individual exemption to the Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holders, in particular circumstances.
The exemption can be granted in the following circumstances:
- where the subclass 300 visa has been granted; and
- the subclass 300 visa application was lodged at least 12 months before submitting a travel exemption request.
According to the Department of Home Affairs, “This means if you applied for a subclass 300 visa on or before 18 August 2020, and you have now been granted your subclass 300 visa; you are eligible for an inwards travel exemption on 18 August 2021.”
Australia’s borders are currently closed, and entry to Australia remains “strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” According to DoHA, travel to Australia is only available if the traveller is exempt or have been granted an individual exemption.
Migration agent Chaman Preet says it is a great news for the partners who are forced to live apart due to border clouser.
“It’s a welcome news for many applicants who have been granted subclass 300 but have not been able to travel onshore because they are not spouse of an Australian Citizen or Permanent Residents. Many couples have had to put their lives on hold in past due to this exemption not being there so it’s a positive announcement for many,,” Ms Preet told NRI Affairs.