This partner visa is designed for people who are married, or in a ‘genuine relationship’ with a partner who is an Australian resident and/or citizen. It allows holders to move to Australia and live with their partner on a permanent or temporary basis. The visa applicant must be outside of Australia when applying for the visa, and have their spouse or partner sponsor them.
Who is this Visa suitable for?
Individuals that have a ‘genuine relationship’ with an Australian citizen or permanent resident, but live overseas. Applicants are people that are looking to move to Australia on a temporary or permanent basis to live with their Australian partner.
What this Partner Visa lets you do?
The onshore partner visa allows holders to stay, work or study in Australia.
Travel to/from Australia, attend free English classes, access to Medicare.
Visa holders can stay on a temporary (309) visa until their (100) permanent application is finalised, or the visa is withdrawn.
Applicants must not be within Australia when applying for this visa.
Applicants must be over the age of 18.
Must not have had a previous visa application denied.
Must be the spouse or de-facto partner of an Australian citizen / permanent resident or New Zealand citizen. (terms & conditions / exemptions are applicable).
Must not have has a visa cancelled or application refused prior.
Must have an approved sponsor (usually the partner living in Australia).
How to Apply?
Gather identity, character and documents that can provide evidence of your relationship with your partner & any dependants you have (under 18/ above 18).
Translate all non-English documents translated into English. Scan or photograph all your documents (English and non-English) in colour.
Apply outside Australia. Applications are completed online using an ‘immiAccount’.
Frequently Asked Questions
To prove your relationship with your partner or spouse some of the documents you can include:
- De-facto relationship certificate or marriage certificate (a marriage that is recognized under Australian Laws)
- Photos together with your family and friends
- Joint bank statements
- If you have been apart together- communications to show this such as calls and messages
- If you have a child together, their birth certificate
- Joint lease/joint rent
These are only a few suggestions. You will need to illustrate to the case officer that you are in a genuine and committed relationship.
There are sponsorship limitations for a subclass 300 Prospective marriage visa, 820 Partner visa and 309 Partner visa.
A sponsor can sponsor 2 people in a lifetime.
However, there are circumstances where this can be waived. These include:
- Death of previous partner.
- The new relationship is long term.
- If your previous partner has abandoned you and your dependent children, and you as the sponsor require care.
- If you have a dependent child and your child is dependent on the both of you.
Your partner visa has two stages; first the 820 or the 309 (depending on if you are offshore or onshore), then after two years at the time of application you will be able to apply for your 801 or 100 permanent visa.
Depending on your circumstances you may be granted the permanent visa;
- If you are in a long term relationship with your partner.
- If you have children together and are in a long term relationship.
- If you sponsor died after being granted the temporary visa.
- If you have suffered family violence.
The partner visa costs: $8,085 AUD for the main applicant.
For dependents over 18: $4,045 AUD.
For dependents under 18: $2,025 AUD.
Schedule Your Australian Visa Consultation Appointment
With AIVS’ Australian migration agents and Melbourne based partner visa specialists we can help you find a solution to your visa needs, and assist you with any questions you may have about which visa is suitable for your specific circumstances.