Get A Partner Visa Melbourne, Australia
About Partner Visa
Partner visas are granted to the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. This visa allows the suitable partner to study, work and live in Australia for the duration of the visa. This visa is granted in two stages – a provisional visa and a permanent visa.
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Types of Partner Visas
There are 3 types of partner visas that you can apply basis on your relationship. These are prospective marriage (subclass 300), provisional partner visa (subclass 820) and permanent partner visa (Subclass 801).
Prospective Marriage (subclass 300)
Partner Visa (if Overseas)
- You can apply for an offshore partner visa (subclass 309 & 100) if you are overseas and in a genuine relationship with your spouse or de facto partner, an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- You need to first apply for the temporary partner visa or provisional partner visa (Subclass 309) before you apply for the permanent partner visa or partner (migrant) visa (Subclass 100).
- You should clear all the health and police checks.
- You or your partner should not owe any debt to the Australian government, or you need to have the arrangement to pay it back, and your partner should provide you with sponsorship.
Partner Visa (if in Australia)
- You are eligible to apply for a partner visa if you are in Australia if your spouse or de facto partner is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
- You need to first apply for the Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 820).
- Those who hold subclass 820 provisional visas can apply for a permanent visa (Subclass 801).
- Once you have the permanent visa, you are entitled to live in Australia indefinitely, irrespective of the future continuation or discontinuation of your relationship with your partner.
- You also become eligible to apply for Australian citizenship in due course.
Check Your Eligibility for an Australian Partner Visa
- You must be the spouse, engaged to or in a de facto long-term relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- Your partner should provide you with sponsorship.
- You and your partner must be 18 years of age or above.
- If you are not married, you and your partner must be in a serious relationship for more than 12 months.
- You should be able to provide satisfactory proof of relationship or cohabitation.
- You and your partner must be able to pass the interview along with authentic documentation.
Documents You Require for Partner Visa
The documents you need to provide are based on the type of partner visa. Apart from the education, work experience, health, and character certificate, you need to deliver:
- Financial details, like joint bank accounts and joint mortgage
- Jointly held property lease or ownership proof
- Bank statements
- Invoices, bills, and receipts that reveal your relationship
- Will or insurance policy with your partner as nominee
- Photos and social media chats that show your relationship
- Flight tickets and joint holidays
- Proof of cohabitation
- Emails or letters written to each other
Please be aware that there is only a general documents list. You may wish to contact our expert visa consultant or migration attorney for the complete list of documents or advice on assistance in applying for any category of partner visa.
Partner Visa Processing Time
There is no mandated processing time for a partner visa applicant. It may take 16-24 months for your partner visa application to get processed by the Department of Home Affairs. The important thing is that you file your application with all the supporting documents.
These are a few things on which the processing time of your visa application depends:
- You have provided all the supporting documents.
- You promptly responded to all queries or additional information requests of the immigration authorities.
- The time is taken for checking the information you have provided.
- The time external authorities take for approvals and information, e.g., Police check, health check, national security clearance etc.
- The number of slots available with the authorities in the visa stream category under which you have applied.
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