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Want to live with your partner in Australia? At Keystone Visa and Migration Services, we serve you with professional and clear assistance. We help you obtain the results you desire. If you want to live with your partner in Australia, then we can help you with your partner visa application.

What is an Australian Partner Visa?

An Australian Partner Visa allows a partner of an Australian citizen to live in Australia. Spouse and de-facto partners of an Australian citizen can apply for this visa. This includes the 820/801 and 100/309 visa subclasses. Partners of permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may also apply.

These visas apply to individuals in genuine relationships looking to live in Australia. You can either be married to your spouse or in a committed de facto relationship.

Partner Visa Checklist

Partner Visa Australia
(Subclasses 820 and 801)

Partner Visa subclasses 820 and 801 are applicable for individuals who are currently in Australia. These subclasses are also called onshore partner visas. And for that matter, the individual must be in Australia when they apply.

The process for an Australian Partner Visa can be confusing. Our Registered Migration Agent will assist you in making the entire process less complicated. By removing the confusion from your application process, we will deliver you a smoother experience.

The requirements for a Partner Visa (subclasses 820 and 801) include:

  • Being in a marriage, de facto relationship or a registered relationship with an:
    • – Australian citizen.
    • – Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • You must be in Australia when you apply.

Provisional Partner Visa (Subclass 309) and Migrant Partner Visa (Subclass 100)

Partner Visa subclasses 309 and 100 are applicable to those applying for a partner visa outside of Australia.

These subclasses are also called offshore partner visas. And for that, the visa must be applied by the individual while they are outside of Australia. When acquired, this will allow the applicant to travel and live in Australia.

When you hire Keystone Visa, we will help remove the confusion from your Australian Partner Visa application. Our Registered Migration Agent will guide and help you achieve the result you desire.

The requirements for Partner Visa (subclasses 309 and 100) include:

  • Being in a marriage, de facto relationship or a registered relationship with an:
    • – Australian citizen.
    • – Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • You must be outside of Australia when you apply.

Partner Visa Application

Unlike other visa applications, the process for a Partner Visa in Australia can take longer. This is because the process first begins with submitting the temporary application. Then there is a two-year wait before you can apply for the permanent Partner Visa.

For both applications, you need to organise significant documentation. If your application is accepted, you can be granted an Australian Partner Visa. However, the process can take three to four years for your partner to become a permanent Australian resident.

What is the Process?

If you are in Australia…
If the applicant is currently in Australia, they will need to apply for Partner Visa subclasses 820 and 801. These two subclasses work together and are both needed to acquire permanent residency in Australia.

We have outlined the application process below. Please note that during this process our Registered Migration Agent will help you throughout the entire process.

  1. Gather the documentation and requirements you need to apply.
  2. Apply for subclass 820 while in Australia.
  3. Gain temporary residency first with subclass 820.
  4. Two years after applying for subclass 820, you will gather additional documentation to apply for visa subclass 801.
  5. You will then be granted your permanent residency on subclass 801.

If you are outside of Australia…
If the applicant is not currently in Australia, they will need to apply for Partner Visa subclasses 309 and 100. To acquire residency in Australia, the applicant will need to apply and acquire both subclasses.

We have outlined every step of the application process. During this process, our Registered Migration Agent will assist you throughout the entire duration.

  1. Check if you are eligible and gather the required documents needed for the application.
  2. Apply for subclass 309 while outside of Australia.
  3. Obtain provisional residency with subclass 309 and arrive in Australia.
  4. Wait two years after applying for subclass 309 before providing further documentation for the subclass 100 application.
  5. Receive granted permanent residency on subclass 100.

Am I Eligible?

Eligibility for a Partner Visa will vary depending on the situation. However, for all subclasses, you must be in a genuine and exclusive de facto relationship or marriage. And your partner needs to be a citizen or a permanent resident in Australia. They may also be an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Subclass Requirements Partner and Relationship Requirements Additional Needed Requirements

Document Checklist

When applying for a partner visa, there are several documents you will need to provide with your application. Document requirements may change depending on the visa subclass you are applying for. These include several documentations such as:

  • Identity documents
  • Relationship proof documentation for
    • – Joint finance
    • – Joint household
    • – Social matters
    • – Commitment
  • Previous relationship documentation
  • Character documents
  • Documents for any dependents
  • Passport

When preparing your documentation, you can photocopy or scan them to be presented. You must also keep a copy of each document and have all non-English documents translated.

Start your Partner Visa Application

If you’re looking to apply for an Australian Partner Visa, talk to Keystone Visa and Migration Services. Our migration agent has years of experience in helping couples from different countries reunite in Australia.

Specialising in Partner Visas, our Registered Migration Agent can answer any questions you may have. We’ll help with every aspect of the process, including organising the documentation and your submission. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call on +61 468 838 899 today.

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Complete the form on this page or talk to our Australian Migration Visa Agent in Sydney on +61 468 838 899 to learn more about Partner Visa and how you can apply today.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Partner Visa application?

A partner visa, allows partners in a de facto relationship or a marriage, or registered relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to reside in Australia to live with your partner.

What are the requirements for a partner subclass 820 Visa?

The requirement for a partner visa (820 visa) is to be in a de facto relationship or married, or have your relationship registered, to an Australia citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. The applicant must also be lawfully in Australia when they apply for the subclass 820 (i.e. on a substantive visa or bridging visa). You must have been in your de facto relationship for twelve months or longer prior to the application. You must be in an exclusive relationship to the exclusion of all others.

Note: For the subclass 309 partner visa, you must be outside of Australia when applying and when the visa is determined.

What is the average processing time for an Australian Partner Visa application?

There is no determined processing time as all cases can be different. Average processing of partner visas are currently being published on the Department of Home Affairs website as:

  • 75% of applications: 21 months
  • 90% of applications: 28 months

If you apply in Australia for a partner visa you will be granted a Bridging Visa which will become active when your current visa expires, to allow you to remain in Australia until your partner visa is determined.

Do I have to be married to get a Partner Visa in Australia?

To apply for a partner visa, you do not have to be married; you can also be in a de facto relationship with your partner that has been ongoing for at least 12 months, or have your relationship Registered in a State of Australia that allows relationship registration.

Do I need to live with my partner for a Partner Visa in Australia?

You need to be able to demonstrate a mutual comittment to the exclusion of all others. You must be either in a defacto relationship (for at least 12 months) or have your relationship Registered in a State of Australia that accepts partner registrations or be married. You must also be able to demonstrate that you live together or that circumstances apply that prevent you living together.

What is the length of a partner subclass 820 Visa?

The partner visa (820 visa) is an onshore temporary visa allowing the applicant to remain in Australia with their partner. Two years after the subclass 820 visa is applied for, the applicant can re-submit their information for the determination of the Subclass 801 permanent residency partner visa.  Applicants who apply for the Subclass 820 visa will be granted a Bridging Visa to allow them to remain in Australia while their subclass 820 is determined after their current visa has expired.

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