Overview

You may apply for a Partner visa if you are engaged, married, intend to get married, or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Relationships include same sex relationships. To apply you need to be sponsored by your Australian citizen or permanent resident partner.

There are different kinds of partner visa depending on the nature of your relationship. The best visa option depends on the nature and status of your relationship and your location at the time you apply.

Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)

The Prospective Marriage visa allows a person who is engaged to an Australian permanent resident or citizen (including same sex partner) to come to Australia to marry their Australian fiancé. This visa is valid for 9 months and carries full work rights. After getting married you can apply for a Provisional and Permanent Partner visa. You must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa and outside Australia when the decision is made.

Provisional Partner visas

The Provisional Partner visa allows a person married to or in a de facto relationship with an Australian permanent resident or citizen (including same sex partner) to migrate to Australia. This visa carries full work rights and gives free access to the public health system. You apply for the provisional and permanent visa at the same time.

The visa is in most cases initially granted for 2 years, and if after two years the marriage or de facto relationship is on-going, a Permanent Partner visa is granted.

Applying from within Australia (Subclass 820)

Applying for a Partner visa from within Australia triggers the granting of a bridging visa that keeps you in Australia until the final decision is made on the visa application. To apply for a Partner visa from within Australia you need to hold another kind of visa. Processing times for a Partner visa lodged inside Australia can be slow and average 6 to 12 months. During this period, you will have full work rights and access to Medicare.

Processing times are approximate and can change.

Applying from outside Australia (Subclass 309)

You can apply for a Partner visa from outside Australia. Processing times for a partner visa made outside Australia are also slow and average between 6 to 12 months. We note these times frames are approximate and can change. You must be outside Australia when the visa application is decided.

You can also apply for a Partner visa based on an intention to marry. This would allow you to apply for the visa before you are married and then get married in a traditional setting in your country. After you are married, the visa would be processed saving the waiting period.

Permanent Partner visas

To be granted a permanent Partner visa you need to have held a Provisional Partner visa for two years. Where you have been in a long term relationship or have children with your partner, you may be granted the permanent visa immediately. You can be inside or outside Australia at the time your Permanent Partner visa is granted.

More information about the different kinds of Partner visa is set out below.

Partner
Visa - Offshore
(Subclass 309 & 100)

These visas allow an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident to sponsor a partner to migrate to Australia if you are living outside Australia.

A provisional Subclass 309 visa is granted for two years and if the relationship is ongoing after this period a permanent Subclass 100 visa is granted. You apply for the provisional and permanent visas at the same time.

With this visa you can

    • work in Australia;
    • study in Australia (you will not receive government support);
    • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want;
    • attend up to 510 hours of free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program;
    • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare.

How long you can stay

You can live and work in Australia on the provisional Partner visa until the Department of Home Affairs grants your permanent Partner Subclass 100 visa. For most applicants, this is two years after you apply for the visas.

Where you have been in a long term relationship or have children with your partner, you may be granted the permanent visa immediately.

Provisional Subclass 309 visa

  • You must be outside Australia when lodging an application and when the decision is made;
  • You must be the spouse or de facto partner of Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen;
  • You must be at least 18 years of age or more when you apply for this visa (applied to both spouse and de facto partner);
  • You must have a sponsor if your partner is less than 18 years of age (your partner’s parent or guardian who are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen);
  • You must meet health and character requirements.

Permanent Subclass 100 visa

  • You must hold a temporary partner visa (Subclass 309);
  • The relationship must be genuine and on-going (except in the case of death or domestic violence);
  • You must have complied with all Australian laws and the conditions of your temporary Subclass 309 visa.

Sponsorship for a Partner visa

Your sponsor must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • not have previously sponsored more than one other fiancé, partner or spouse for migration to Australia, and not have sponsored a fiancé, spouse or partner for migration to Australia within the last 5 years (unless there are compelling circumstances);
  • not have been sponsored for a Spouse, Partner or Prospective Marriage visa by someone else within the last 5 years (unless there are compelling circumstances);
  • provide police checks to the Australian Government when requested, and consent to the department disclosing any conviction for “relevant offences” to the applicant(s) being sponsored.
  • The sponsorship may not be approved if he or she has a substantial criminal history or history of domestic or sexual abuse. A relevant offence includes, but is not limited to offences involving violence, intimidation, breaching a protection order, people smuggling, human trafficking and weapons.To discover whether you are eligible for Partner visa, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy. The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 6 months.
  • 90% of applications: 12 months.

This visa costs AUD7,715 for the main applicant. This fee covers both:

    • the temporary visa subclass 309; and
    • the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (Subclass 100).

There is also a fee for each dependent family member who applies for the visa with you.

To work out how much your visa might cost use the Visa pricing estimator.

The estimator does not take into account other costs you might also have to pay such as police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees for assistance with the application process.

Partner
Visa - Onshore
(Subclass 820 & 801)

These visas allow an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident to sponsor a partner to migrate to Australia if you are living in Australia. A provisional Subclass 820 visa is granted for two years and if the relationship is ongoing after this period a permanent Subclass 801 visa is granted. You apply for both the provisional and permanent visas at the same time.

With this visa you can

    • work in Australia;
    • study in Australia (you will not receive government support);
    • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want;
    • attend up to 510 hours of free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program;
    • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare.

How long you can stay

You can live and work in Australia on the provisional Partner visa until the Department of Home Affairs grants your permanent Partner Subclass 100 visa. For most applicants, this is two years after you apply for the visas.

Where you have been in a long term relationship or have children with your partner, you may be granted the permanent visa immediately.

Provisional Subclass 820 visa

    • You must be inside Australia when lodging an application and when the decision is made;
    • You must be the spouse or de facto partner of Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen;
    • You must be at least 18 years of age or more when you apply for this visa (applied to both spouse and de facto partner);
    • You must have a sponsor if your partner is less than 18 years of age (your partner’s parent or guardian who are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen);
    • You must meet health and character requirements.

Permanent Subclass 100 visa

      • You must hold a temporary partner visa (Subclass 309);
      • The relationship must be genuine and on-going (except in the case of death or domestic violence);
      • You must have complied with all Australian laws and the conditions of your temporary Subclass 820 visa.

Sponsorship for a Partner visa

Your sponsor must:

      • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
      • not have previously sponsored more than one other fiancé, partner or spouse for migration to Australia, and not have sponsored a fiancé, spouse or partner for migration to Australia within the last 5 years (unless there are compelling circumstances);
      • not have been sponsored for a Spouse, Partner or Prospective Marriage visa by someone else within the last 5 years (unless there are compelling circumstances);
      • provide police checks to the Australian Government when requested, and consent to the department disclosing any conviction for “relevant offences” to the applicant(s) being sponsored.
      • The sponsorship may not be approved if he or she has a substantial criminal history or history of domestic or sexual abuse. A relevant offence includes, but is not limited to offences involving violence, intimidation, breaching a protection order, people smuggling, human trafficking and weapons.To discover whether you are eligible for Partner visa, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy. The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 6 months;
  • 90% of applications: 12 months.

This visa costs AUD7,715 for the main applicant. This fee covers both:

    • the temporary visa subclass 309; and
    • the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (Subclass 100).

There is also a fee for each dependent family member who applies for the visa with you.

To work out how much your visa might cost use the Visa pricing estimator.

The estimator does not take into account other costs you might also have to pay such as police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees for assistance with the application process.

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