Partner

The following information is not intended to be exhaustive, and further eligibility requirements do apply. Please contact us to determine if you qualify.

If you are married to, engaged to, or living in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen, your partner may sponsor you for migration to Australia. The following two are the visa options:

  • Partner Visa (Subclass 820)
  • Interdependency (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 801)
  • Fiancé (Prospective Marriage) Visa (Subclass 300)
  • Partner (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 309) (apply overseas)
  • Partner (Migrant) visa (Subclass 100)

Ghan Migration understands that it is important for both the partners to live together quickly and has experience and provide expert advice on the issues that may arise when applying for the visas which could include:

  • Establishing the 12-month cohabitation requirement for de facto partners
  • Skipping the usual 2-year waiting period for permanent residence
  • Obtaining exemptions for the 12-month cohabitation requirement
  • Health waivers where the partner has a serious medical issue
  • Situations involving domestic violence

To be an eligible candidate you must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Married to an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen;
  • Engaged to an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen; or
  • In De Facto relationship to an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen

Another requirement for the candidate is to be in a relationship to an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen for no less than 12 months.

This visa lets the spouse or de facto partner to live in Australia temporarily. The candidate must be in Australia when applying for the visa. This visa leads directly to permanent Partner visa (Subclass 801).

With this visa you can

  • live, work and study in Australia indefinitely
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
  • attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program

Visa criteria

Genuine Relationship

The eligible candidate must provide the following evidence to prove you are in a genuine relationship and living on permanent basis with an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen:

Cohabitation: correspondence that is addressed to both you and your partner at the same address which could include bills.

Financial Independence: this could include evidence of joint bank accounts, joint financial commitments such as house lease, mortgage or insurance policies.

Joint Activities: proof of taking part in activities together, including cultural activities, weddings, travel or sport. In addition to 2 statutory declaration from their friend in support of their claim.

Contact: if the candidate has lived apart to provide proof of contact with their partner.

De Facto Relationship

The candidate has to prove that you have lived with your partner for the last 12 months, supported with documentary evidence of living together which could include a joint lease, or correspondence sent to both you and your partner at the same address.

The 12 months cohabitation requirement could be waived if you are:

  • married to your partner;
  • your relationship is registered in an Australian state or territory; or
  • unable to live together due to exceptional circumstances.

Health and Character

  • You will need to provide full health and police checks to the Department of Immigration.

This visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia permanently. It is usually only for people who currently hold a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820).

With this visa you can

  • live, work and study in Australia indefinitely
  • sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship if eligible

You must

With this visa you can

  • you can stay in Australia for 9 months from the date of the grant of the visa;
  • work in Australia; and
  • study in Australia at your own expense

You must

  • be engaged to an Australian citizen, or Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen;
  • have intention to get married within Australia, and live in the spouse relationship;
  • both be aged over 18; and
  • you must be outside Australia both at the time of application and time of decision.

This visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily. Getting this visa is the first step towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

Temporarily, until we decide your permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) application or the application is withdrawn. Leads to permanent partner visa

With this visa you can

You must

  • be in a genuine relationship with your spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • usually, be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted
  • not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering Australia
  • not enter Australia before the person specified in the visa has entered Australia

The visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, live in Australia permanently. It is usually granted to people who hold a temporary Partner visa (subclass 309).

With this visa you can

  • live, work and study in Australia indefinitely
  • sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship if eligible

You must

  • in most cases, hold a temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309)
  • in most cases, continue to be in a genuine and ongoing relationship with your partner
  • not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering Australia
  • not enter Australia before the person specified in the visa has entered Australia