Partner Visas

Another pathway to working and living in Australia is through a partner visa. STEP MIGRATION provides an efficient, and time saving professional service that maximises the chance of obtaining a partner visa.

If you are married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, plan to marry one, or you are in adefacto relationship with one, you can apply for for a partner visa.

The applicant must be sponsored by their Australian independent or de-facto partner aged over 18 years, and the sponsorship must be for a minimum period of 2 years.

General requirements for Australian partner visas are:

  • The sponsor of the applicant must be an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Both the applicant and the sponsor must be aged over 18 years.
  • The applicant must be married to or in a relationship with the sponsoring partner for at least 12 months.
  • There must be satisfactory proof that the relationship or the marriage is genuine, e.g. that you live together, that the relationship is strong and there is mutual commitment. This happens usually by providing documentation including photos, joint bank statements etc.

OFFSHORE VISAS

PARTNER VISA – (309/100)

This Partner Visa is for foreign nationals who are not in Australia and have a partner or spouse who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or who is an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Applicants must either be married to their sponsor or else have been in a de facto relationship with them for at least 12 months prior to the point of lodgement.

Once the Temporary (309) visa is granted, after two years the applicant will be eligible for the grant of the Permanent (100) visa, which is essentially the second stage of the application process. However, if the applicant has been married to or in a de facto relationship with their sponsoring partner for at least three years when lodging their initial application, or two years if the couple have children together, it is possible to be granted the permanent (100) visa immediately.

PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE VISA (300)

On this visa an applicant is able to enter Australia and marry their fiancé within nine months of the visa being granted. Once they have married their fiancé, they then apply for an Onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820) on the basis of their marriage before the subclass 300 visa expires.

The applicant must be engaged to an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, be free to marry, provide evidence that they have met in person and genuinely intend to marry

ONSHORE VISAS

PARTNER VISA (820/801)

This visa is for foreign nationals who are in Australia on an eligible visa and have a partner or spouse who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or who is an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Applicants will either be married to their sponsor or else have been in a de facto relationship with them for at least 12 months prior to the point of lodgement

At the point of lodgement, the applicant will usually be granted a bridging visa which will allow them to continue to stay in Australia on the conditions of their original visa.

Once the Temporary (820) visa is granted, after two years the applicant will be eligible for the grant of the Permanent (801) visa, which is essentially the second stage of the application process. However, if the applicant has been married to or in a de facto relationship with their sponsoring partner for at least three years when lodging their initial application, or two years if the couple have children together, it is possible to be granted the permanent (801) visa immediately