Your Complete Guide: Partner Visas

What is an Australian Partner Visa?

So, you’ve met the Australian Man or Women of your dreams while you travel this beautiful country and now you’re thinking boldly, “ I want to stay here forever with you!” The partner visa, is the visa for you. This is your complete guide to partner visa Australia.


An Australian partner visa, also known as a partner visa, is a visa that allows people who are already partners to live and work in Australia. The partner who applies for the visa is called the sponsor, and the person being sponsored is called the partner. This visa allows the partner to live and work in Australia, and allows the partner to access a range of benefits, such as family and public healthcare, and the right to work in Australia without a visa. 

 

The subclasses for this visa can be broken down as follows; The subclasses are defined as 820 and 801 is the same as subclass 309 and 100, but the difference in those subclasses is that subclass 820/801 are the onshore version of 309/100. Now the subclass 820 and subclass 309 are for temporary partner visas and subclass 801 and subclass 100 are for a permanent partner visa. 

We get it! Through all the numbers and subclasses, the partner visa can seem confusing, complex and impossible all at the same time! Fear not, in this blog we are going to give you , a detailed guide on how to apply for and receive a granted partner visa for your partner. We are here to help! Throughout our complete guide to partner visa Australia we will cover:

  • Are you eligible?

  • Onshore partner visa 

  • Offshore partner visa

  • Your partner visa checklist 

  • Partner visa processing times

  • Partner visa fees 

  • Do you want to apply? 

 

Are you eligible?

In order to apply for a partner visa, you must be either in a “married” or a “de facto” relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Applicants in a “de facto” relationship are generally required to demonstrate they have lived together for at least 12 months prior to the date upon which they lodged their application. This requirement may be waived if you register your relationship. All States and Territories, except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, currently have a Relationship Register.

Onshore Partner Visa

To be eligible for this visa, you must be the spouse or de-facto partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident and must be in a genuine and continuing relationship with them. You must also meet health, character and security requirements, have sufficient funds, speak English at a basic level and intend to live in Australia as their spouse or de-facto partner.

Offshore Partner Visa

The subclass 309 visa is the provisional partner visa that is first granted in the offshore partner visa process, which will allow you to travel to and live in Australia with your partner. You must be outside of Australia at the time of lodging the application, and also outside Australia when the visa is being granted after processing. You can travel to Australia on a different visa if you have one while your offshore partner visa application is processing (e.g. on a visitor visa), but you will need to be out of Australia at the time the decision is made to be granted the visa. Your partner will need to lodge a Sponsorship application as well to show that they are eligible to be your sponsor for the visa.

Your Checklist

Married spouses must show:

  • Their marriage is valid under Australian law.

  • They are mutually committed to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others.

  • Their relationship is genuine and continuing.

  • They are living together or if living apart, it is not on a permanent basis.

De facto partners must show:

  • They are not married to each other.

  • They are mutually committed to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others.

  • Their relationship is genuine and continuing.

  • They are living together or if living apart, it is not on a permanent basis.

  • Generally, that they have been living together for 12 months immediately before applying for the visa (exceptions may apply to this requirement).

Processing Time

Your complete guide to partner visa Australia

Government Fees

 

Visa Stream

Cost

Explanation

820/801 or 309/100 Partner Visa Application

Variable

The visa application fee of $7,715 for the main applicant, $3,860 for any child over 18 and $1,935 for each child under 18 years of age

400 Prospective Marriage Visa Application

Variable

The visa application fee of $7,715 for the main applicant, $3,860 for any child over 18 and $1,935 for each child under 18 years of age

461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship application

Variable

The visa application fee: $365 for the main applicant, $365 for any child over 18 and $90 for each child under 18 years of age

Medical Examination

Approx. $400 per adult and $350 per child

This fee is payable for each person included in your application and must be paid directly to the doctor conducting your examination.

Police Checks

Variable

This fee is payable to the police authorities in the countries where you have lived for 12 months or more.

Translation of Documents (if required)

Variable

This fee is payable to the person responsible for certifying / translating your documents.

Agent Fees

Visa Stream

Cost

Explanation

820

$3,500 

Your partner case is managed by an AAV Registered Migration Agent. We will liaise with Immigration on your behalf and keep you updated on relevant policy changes.

801

$1,000

Your partner case is managed by an AAV Registered Migration Agent. We will liaise with Immigration on your behalf and keep you updated on relevant policy changes.

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