How do I apply for an Australian Partner Visa?

by mapadmin : December 1st, 2016 myauspath-partner-visa

If you have fallen in love with an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, then Australia is the best place to live happily ever after.

Australia’s strong history of migration has created a country that is multicultural, diverse and tolerant, which is perfect if you are looking for a place to live together and maybe to raise a family.

If you have decided that you want to live together in Australia you will need to apply for a visa. The Department of Home Affairs offers visas for people who are engaged, married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen.

The basic requirements and processes required for applying for the different types of Partner Visas are outlined below, and there are links so you can find out more information or get further help.

Some people decide that they would rather apply for a work Visa than a Partner Visa, and you can find out more about applying for a Work Visa here.

Prospective Marriage Partner Visa Subclass 300

The Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa is for people who are intending to marry an Australian.

Most people who apply for this visa are engaged to be married, which is why the visa is often called the “Fiance Visa”.

To be eligible for this visa you need to be over 18 years of age and you need to genuinely intend to marry, and be eligible to marry in Australia.

You also need to have met in person to be granted this visa. If you have met online or through an arranged marriage, you need to know each other and have met in person, not just talked on the phone and Skype.

Once your visa is granted, you will have a period of 9 months that you can spend in Australia. You will need to be married during this time so you can then apply for a Partner Temporary Subclass 820 Visa.

Partner Provisional Subclass 309

The Partner Provisional Subclass 309 visa is for people who are married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian. Only people who are outside of Australia can apply for this visa.  You also need to be outside Australia when the visa is granted.

People in a same sex relationship can apply for this visa. Dependent family members can also be included in your application for this visa

Once your Subclass 309 visa is granted you are able to travel to Australia and start your new life together as a couple in Australia.

This visa has no work restrictions, so you can find work in Australia knowing you have full work rights.

Partner Residence Subclass 100

The Partner Residence Subclass 100 visa is a Permanent Residency visa. An application for a Subclass 100 Visa is made at the same time as an application for a Partner Residence Subclass 309 Visa.

Once you have held your Subclass 309 visa for two years your application for a Subclass 100 Visa is considered. You are required to continue to meet the relationship requirements at the time when your Subclass 100 visa is granted.

Partner Temporary Subclass 820

The Partner Provisional Subclass 820 visa is for people who are married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian. Only people who are in Australia can apply for this visa.  You also need to be in Australia when the visa is granted.

People in a same sex relationship can apply for this visa. Dependent family members can also be included in your application for this visa.

Applying in Australia for an 820 visa means that you can start your life together in Australia while a decision is made on your 820 visa application.

When you apply for a Subclass 820 visa you will be granted a Bridging Visa with full work rights. This means that you can stay in Australia with the person who you love while your application for an 820 visa is being decided. When your Bridging Visa commences will depend on the visa grant period of the visa that you hold when you apply for your Subclass 820 visa.

Partner Visa Permanent Subclass 801

The Partner Permanent Subclass 801 visa is a Permanent Residency visa. An application for a Subclass 801 Visa is made at the same time as an application for a Partner Temporary Subclass 820 Visa.

Once you have held your Subclass 820 visa for two years your application for a Subclass 801 Visa is considered. You are required to continue to meet the relationship requirements at the time when your Subclass 801 visa is granted.

Partner Visa Sponsorship

To apply for all of the visas above, the Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen partner needs to act as the sponsor for the visa applicant.

Sponsors need to be over 18 years of age, and there are sponsorship limitations on Partners who have previously sponsored Partners for visas.

The sponsor also needs to declare that they are willing and able to support their fiancé, spouse or partner while they are in Australia holding a temporary visa.

Complex Visa History

If you have a complex visa history involving visa refusals, cancellations or periods in Australia without a valid visa there may be instances where you are still eligible to apply for an Australian Partner Visa.

Where can I get Partner Visa help?

At MyAusPath we love helping our clients who are excited about starting life together in Australia. Achieving visa success for our clients is our main goal, and we pride ourselves on the way we make a complex process simple and stress free.

Each visa has a different application process and requirements. The waiting times for the visas are also different, and the wait time can be impacted by the country that you come from. Constant changes to the Australian Migration Legislation also make it hard to know which option is the best for you.

Talk to the team at MyAusPath to book an in depth consultation to get the ball rolling on the application that best suits your needs and circumstances.

 

About MyAusPath

MyAusPath is a full service Australian Migration Agency. We help individuals, business owners and HR managers to consistently achieve successful visa outcomes and we are registered with MARA so you know you can rely on our advice.

At MyAusPath we are here to give you friendly, efficient service to make the complex and constantly changing Australian visa application requirements simple and stress free for clients. We’d love to chat about how we can help you.

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