Partner Visa

This subclass of visas allows the spouse or de-facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen to live in Australia. It is an application that can be submitted whilst inside or outside of Australia. Processing timeframes are current 9-15 months depending on your location at the time of visa lodgment.

PARTNER TEMPORARY / PERMANENT (SUBCLASS 820/821)

The subclass 820 and 801 visas allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia. The visa applicant must be in Australia at the time of application lodgment.

PARTNER PROVISIONAL (SUBCLASS 309/100)

The subclass 309 visa allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to travel to and live in Australia. The visa applicant must be outside Australia at the time of application lodgment.

PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE (SUBCLASS 300)

The subclass 300 visa is for people who want to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse. It is a temporary visa for nine months. You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when the visa is granted.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

In order for the applicant to qualify they must be married to or in a defacto (including same sex) relationship with an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen.

Generally, the Partner visa is processed in two stages with the first stage of the process being the grant of a temporary (subclass 820 or subclass 309) visa. This temporary visa will remain valid until a decision is made on the permanent residency application which will occur approximately two years after the submission of the temporary application. The temporary and permanent residency visa is submitted at the same time. Both visas have full work and study rights.

In order for the applications to be granted at the first and second stage the applicant must be able to demonstrate that they are in a genuine and ongoing relationship with their (Australia, Permanent Residency or eligible NZ Citizen) Partner.

The visa information provided below should only be used as a guide. If a particular visa is appropriate for your circumstances, then we would encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and visa eligibility.

We understand that this area of immigration can be very stressful given that we are dealing with relationships, families and in many cases, children. It requires a great deal of attention, compassion and understanding. As your Registered Migration Agent we provide:

  • A fair and honest eligibility assessment
  • Advice for your individual circumstances
  • Strategic immigration planning
  • Latest policy and legislative advice
  • Detailed costs and expenses
  • Advice on required documents
  • Forms and paperwork assistance
  • Prepare and lodge your application
  • Critical date and deadline monitoring
  • Liaise with the Department of Immigration
  • Keep you up to date with your application

A recent query to the department of immigration and border protection (DIBP) in relation to a 2nd stage partner visa (subclass 801) application has resulted in the following way:

Now the typical partner visa applicant will have to:

  • Wait 12 to 18 months before the temporary partner (subclass 820) visa is granted
  • Wait another 6 to 12 months before you can apply for a permanent partner (subclass 801) visa
  • Wait another 12 to 18 months before you receive your permanent partner (subclass 801) visa
  • You will receive a permanent visa after 36 to 42 months (3 to 4.5 years time)

At Asia Pacific Group, our team of Global Experts will assist you in every possible way with the application, paperwork and procedures. You can speak to our experts for any information or assistance.