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Partner/ Spouse Visa in Australia

Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens are able to sponsor their married and de-facto partners through the Partner visa and fiancés who are outside Australia through Prospective Marriage visa.

If you are seeking assistance in these visa categories, Discuss your Case with us today.

Partner Migration (Types of visas)

Partner category migration applies to:

  • Prospective Marriage – People intending to get married (fiancé) by bringing your fiancé for the purpose of marriage
  • Married partners (including same sex partners), or
  • De-facto partners (including same sex partners

There are two types of partner visas

  1. Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)
  2. Partner visa – onshore (Subclass 820 and 801)
  3. Partner visa – offshore (Subclass 309 and 100)

The type of visa a person should apply for depends on the type of relationship. The applicants must:

    • Have a mutual commitment to a shared life together, to the exclusion of all others
    • Have a genuine and continuing relationship
    • Live together or not live separately and apart on a permanent basis

Prospective Marriage visa

Prospective Marriage visa applicants are granted temporary visa with 9 months validity to marry the fiancé either in or outside Australia. After marriage, the applicant can apply for Partner visa process for permanent stay in Australia.

This visa does not apply to same sex couples.

Advantages of Prospective Marriage visa

  • enter Australia before marriage
  • travel to and from Australia
  • work and study in Australia

If you want to bring your fiancé to Australia, Contact Us so that we can assist you in preparing your visa application.

Partner visa

Partner visas are granted in a two-stage process with a provisional visa being granted initially and the permanent visa being considered 2 years after the initial application. However, the applicant is required to submit one application form and pay visa application charge once only.

Applications can be made while the applicant is in Australia (Subclass 820 & 801) or from overseas when the applicant is overseas at the time of application (Subclass 309 & 100).

Applicants must show evidence supporting the existence of relationship with their partner. To know how to write a relationship statement for your partner visa, click here.

Dependent family members can be included in the main applicant’s Partner visa application depending on the location of the applicant and family member at the time of application and whether the visa applicant has been granted the provisional Partner visa (the first stage).

To know more, visit our FAQs page.

How to successfully apply for this visa?

In order to successfully apply for this visa, you will need to meet a number of following key requirements:

  • Be sponsored by a person (fiancé, partner, or in some circumstances, a parent or guardian of partner) who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and who can satisfy the legal requirements for being a sponsor.
  • Meet health and character criteria.
  • Married visa applicants must also show that their marriage is valid under Australian law.
  • De-facto visa applicants must show that they are not related by family, and that their relationship has existed for at least 12 months immediately before lodging the application unless the applicant establishes compelling and compassionate circumstances for the grant of the visa.
  • Not have had a partner visa refused since they last entered Australia.
  • Not have had a visa refused or cancelled on character grounds.

Find out more. Read our blog/ watch video here.

Benefits of Provisional Partner Visa

  • remain in Australia until your permanent Partner visa is granted
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare

Benefits of Permanent Partner visa

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship (when eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • receive some social security payments

Please note that visa specific criteria will also apply depending upon the option chosen.

These visas change depending on your location and circumstances, so fill our Contact Us form today to check your eligibility for this visa and we will get back to you shortly.

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