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Partner Visa

To be eligible for these Visa the applicant must be married or in a de-facto relationship with an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible NZ citizen.
The Partner Visa is a Temporary Visa and leads to Permanent Residency after 2 years. This Visa allows the applicant to live and work in Australia
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Introduction

To be eligible for these Visa, the applicant must be married or in a de-facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

The Partner Visa is a Temporary Visa, which allows the applicant to live and work in Australia, and leads to Permanent Residency after 2 years.

There are two main visa through which partners of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents can obtain a visa for Australia, depending on the individual circumstances and whether the person applying for the visa is onshore or offshore:

1. Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801- Onshore) Visa

The applicant must be in Australia to access this Visa.

This is a Two Stage Visa – 820/801. 

The initial stage, the subclass 820, requires the applicant to be married, or have been in a De Facto relationship for at least 12 months, with an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen.

Two years from the date of application for the subclass 820 visa, the applicant is invited to submit evidence that the relationship is continuing, to allow the Department of Home Affairs to grant the applicant with the Permanent Residency, the Subclass 801 visa.

2. Partner Visa (Subclass 309/100- Offshore) Visa

The applicant must be outside of Australia to access this Visa.

This is a Two Stage Visa – 309/100. 

The initial stage, the subclass 309, requires the applicant to be married, or have been in a De Facto relationship for at least 12 months, with an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen. 

An applicant must be outside of Australia for the temporary Subclass 309 visa to be granted, after which they can enter Australia

Similar to the onshore process outlined above, the applicant will initially be granted a Temporary Visa and will be given the opportunity to submit evidence that the relationship is continuing in order to obtain the permanent visa, the Subclass 100.

If you do not meet these requirements, but you are planning on marrying your partner, you might be eligible for a Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300)

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Entitlements

Once you will be granted a Temporary Partner Visa (subclass 820 for onshore or subclass 301 for offshore), you will be entitle to:

  • Stay in Australia until a decision is made by the Department of Home Affairs 
  • live, work and study in Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence after 2 years from the lodgement of the application

You can include a dependent child or children in your application.

Requirements

To be eligible for this visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be married, or have been in a De Facto relationship, with an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen.
  • be 18 or older
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Be onshore (subclass 820) or offshore (subclass 301) when you make the application and when a decision is made on your temporary visa application.

How long can you stay?

You can stay on the visa until a decision is made on your permanent visa (subclass 801 or 100) application. For most applicants, this stay is from 15 to 24 months. Applicants who have been in a long term relationship before they apply might not have to stay on the subclass 820 visa and been granted the permanent visa immediately.

Application Fees and processing time

a.Main Applicant: $7,715.00

b. Secondary Applicant over 18: $3,860.00

c. Secondary applicant under 18: $1,935.00

Processing Time – 16 to 29 months

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