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 visas. 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.
Partner Migration (Types of visas)
Partner category migration applies to:
- People intending to get married (fiancé(e)s)
- Married (de jure) partners
- De facto partners
There are two types of partner visas
- Partner visa
- Prospective Marriage visa
The type of visa a person should apply for depends on the type of relationship. Applications can be made in or outside Australia.
Partner visa 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
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.
An applicant for a partner visa must be sponsored by a person (fiancé(e), 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. Applicants must also meet health and character criteria.
A Partner visa applicant is required to submit one application form and pay one visa application charge, even though the application is assessed in two stages.
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 temporary visa.
Please note that visa specific criteria will also apply depending upon the option chosen.
These visas change depending on your location and circumstances, so find out what you are eligible for. Fill our free online assessment form today and we will get back to you.