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Partner Visa

Spouse/De-facto Partner visa

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Applicants for the spouse or de factor partner visa must satisfy either of the following requirements in order to apply for this visa.
Partner Visa

What is a Partner Visa?

If you are married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian, Permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. You may be eligible for a partner visa.

There are two types of Partner visas.

  • Onshore Partner visa 820
    The subclass 820 visa is a temporary visa that allows the applicant to live in Australia with their partner or spouse who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

  • Offshore Partner visa 309
    The subclass 309 visa is a temporary visa that allows the applicant to live in Australia with their partner or spouse who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Permanent Stage subclass 801 or 100:

The path to permanent residency consists of two stages, where the applicant is first granted a temporary Partner visa subclass 309 or subclass 820. After two years, if the relationship is still ongoing or there are exceptional circumstances, the visa holder may be eligible to apply for permanent residency subclass 801 or subclass 100.

Conditions for applicants:

  • Applicants must be 18 years or over
  • Meet the DHA’s health requirement
  • Meet the DHA’s character requirement
  • The applicant and sponsor must show that they are of good character by providing police clearances for any country they have lived in for 12 months or more (cumulatively) within the past 10 years.
  • Pay any debts to the government
  • The application is in the best interests of the child
  • Applicants must be sponsored by their spouse or de facto partner
  • Your spouse or de facto partner must be either an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • The relationship must be characterised by commitment to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others, genuine and continuing, and not living apart permanently
Evidence of Genuine Relationship

The applicant and sponsor must provide evidence and written statements including statutory declarations to show they have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others and that their relationship is genuine and continuing. The following aspects will be considered when the relationship is assessed:

  • The financial aspects of the relationship
  • The nature of the household
  • The social aspects of the relationship
  • The nature of the persons’ commitment to each other