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applicant to stay in Australia while the application for the permanent partner visa is being processed or until it is withdrawn.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 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.