What is a Partner Visa?
Basically, a Partner Visa enables the partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to stay in Australia. There are two categories: Prospective Marriage visa and Partner Visa. These categories differ based on the type of relationship you are in. A Prospective Marriage visa applies to couples intending to get married while the Partner Visa applies to married couples or those in a de facto relationship.
A Partner Visa involves two stages. The first stage entitles you to a Temporary Partner (subclass 820 or 309) visa which allows you to live in Australia. Once you reach two years under the Temporary Partner Visa, you may be eligible to apply for the second stage which is the Permanent Partner Visa (subclass 801 or 100) stage which grants you permanent residency status.
An applicant for the Prospective Marriage (300) visa must have met, known and intend to marry their prospective spouse. The applicant must also be at least 18 years of age.
An applicant for the Partner Visa must either be married or in a de-facto relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident. The marriage must be valid under Australian law. If in a de-facto relationship, the relationship must be proven to be at least 12 months. However, the 12-month requirement may be waived in certain circumstances. For more details, click here.
Main Applicant Fees & Processing Time
|Subclass||Visa Description||Fees||Processing Time|
|Subclass 300||Prospective Marriage Visa||AUD 7000||11 - 15 months|
|Subclass 820 (onshore)||Temporary Partner Visa||
|20 - 24 months|
|Subclass 801||Permanent Partner Visa||18 - 23 months|
|Subclass 309 (offshore)||Temporary Partner Visa||
|11 - 15 months|
|Subclass 100||Permanent Partner Visa||20 - 23 months|
Note: Information up to date as of 16 March 2018
*Legal Disclaimer: Please note that this article is for general information only. Always seek professional legal advice in regards to your situation as every situation is different. Immigration legislation changes regularly and thus always, get up-to-date advice on your situation. Lodging a visa application is a judicial process and is based on the quality of legal advice and legal representation you receive. It is illegal for any Migration Agent or Lawyer to guarantee 100% of a positive result as it is a judicial process.