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What is a Partner Visa?

Partner Visas, also known as de facto visas, are provided to partners and spouses of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens living in Australia. These visas are available for both opposite and same-sex couples. The process for applying for a partner visa in Australia consists of two stages. The first stage is the application for a provisional partner visa, also known as a temporary partner visa. These are categorized as subclass 309 for applicants applying outside of Australia and subclass 820 for applicants applying within Australia. This temporary visa allows the applicant to stay in Australia while the application for the permanent partner visa is being processed or until it is withdrawn.

Types of Partner Visa

The Prospective Marriage visa, also known as the subclass 300 or fiance visa, allows an individual to enter Australia for a period of 9 months from the date of visa approval in order to marry their prospective partner, who holds Australian Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or is an eligible New Zealand Citizen. This visa can only be obtained by those living outside of Australia.
The Subclass 309 temporary partner visa allows the same-sex partner or spouse of a Permanent resident of Australia, Australian Citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen to temporarily live in Australia. This visa serves as the first step towards obtaining the permanent partner visa subclass 100. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must be residing outside of Australia at the time of application.
The Onshore and Offshore partner visas have similar requirements and benefits. The key difference between the two is that the Onshore visa requires the applicant to be in Australia at the time of application, whereas the Offshore visa does not. Like the subclass 309 temporary partner visa, these visas will also be assigned as temporary until a decision is made on the permanent partner migration application by the Home Affairs of Australia or the application is withdrawn.

Basic Requirements

Process time

The exact processing time for a visa application is uncertain, but typically it takes between 16 to 24 months. The speed of the department’s response can vary and some applications may be processed ahead of schedule while others may take longer than the published dates on their website. The processing time may be affected by various factors.

  • Completeness of the supporting documents submitted by the applicant.
  • Promptness of the applicant’s response to additional information requests.
  • Time is taken to complete additional information such as health, national security, character, and background checks.
  • The final decision is based on the thoroughness of the information collected and the applicant’s authenticity.

It is recommended that you apply for your partner visa well in advance of your planned travel date to ensure that you receive your visa in a timely manner.