Understanding your Partner Visa Options
An Australian partner visa provides a pathway to permanent residence for the partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens. Children can be included in a partner visa application.
Applications are submitted in ImmiAccount. Once your partner visa is granted, you can live in Australia with your partner.
Opposite and same sex couples can apply for a partner visa. You must be able to satisfy the Department of Home Affairs that your relationship is genuine; that you are both in the relationship for the long haul and that you can meet the many partner visa eligibility requirements. Always check your eligibility first!
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What are the different partner visa options?
The Australia partner visa program provides three basic pathways to permanent residence. These are:
The subclass 820/801 visa is applied for by married or defacto couples who are living in Australia. You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and in Australia when the visa is granted.
The subclass 309/100 visa is applied for by married or defacto couples who are living overseas (outside of Australia). Your sponsor could be living in Australia when you apply, but you (the applicant) must be overseas when you apply for this visa and you must be overseas when your 309 visa is granted. The good news is that you can be in Australia or overseas when your 100 visa is granted. The 100 visa is the permanent residence visa.
The Prospective Marriage visa (PMV) or (fiancé visa) is for people who are planning to get married to an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. Children can be included in a prospective marriage visa application. Some people call this visa the Prospective Spouse Subclass 300 visa.
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If you want a really great visa outcome, make sure that you have an effective visa application strategy. Poor strategies and poor preparation can result in longer than average visa processing times or, worse still – a visa refusal!
Remember the old saying – “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!”
Getting your partner visa application refused can put a huge amount of stress on your relationship; a huge amount of stress on your pocket (appeals are expensive!!) – so it’s important to get it right first time!
You want to get your visa granted. We want you to get your visa granted and we are here to guide you along the pathway to success! Preparation makes perfect!
If you have any questions, or want help getting your visa strategy as good as it can be, get in touch today.
Disclaimer: Although we aim to provide accurate information on our website, we do not accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Australian immigration law is constantly changing. Consequently, the information provided on this website must not be used as immigration advice or assistance. There is no substitute for up-to-date advice and assistance from an Australian registered migration agent.