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Posted On : 17 August 2023     |     By : Kangaroo Edu

Partner Visas : The Key to Unlocking Your Life Together in Australia

Australia is a lovely country with much to offer. For many aspirants, starting a life with your partner in Australia can be an exciting journey. Well, if you are in a relationship with an Australian permanent resident, citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen, you may be qualified to apply for a partner visa. With a partner visa, you can live and work in Australia permanently. In this blog post, we’ll go over all you need to know about partner visas in Australia, including the several types of visas available, qualifying criteria, required documents, cost, and processing time. To make it easier to break down the different visa types, we have categorized the Australian visa into two categories: Onshore and Offshore applicants. Onshore Partner Visas:  If you are an eligible partner already living in Australia, this visa category is for you. Onshore partner visas are further classified into two types: Subclass 820- Temporary Partner Visa This is a temporary visa that allows partners of Australian permanent residents, citizens, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia while their permanent visa application is being processed. It is the first step towards qualifying for the permanent partner visa subclass 801. This visa is unique in the sense, applicants would need to apply for both subclass 820 and subclass 801 visas in the same application. This subclass of visas is a great way to build a life in Australia with your loved one temporarily until your permanent visa is processed. Subclass 801- Permanent Partner Visa This is a permanent visa that allows the partners of Australian permanent residents, citizens, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia permanently. To apply for this visa, the applicant must already possess a temporary partner visa (subclass 820). Subclass 100-Partner (Migrant) Visa  The permanent migrant partner visa subclass 100 allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia permanently. This visa is typically granted to those who already hold a temporary partner visa subclass 309. Offshore Partner Visas:  If you are an eligible partner living outside Australia, this visa category is for you. Offshore partner visas can also be further classified into two types: Subclass 309- Partner (Provisional) Visa  Australia offers a provisional visa that allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian permanent resident, citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen to travel to and live in Australia temporarily. Applicants must be outside Australia when applying for the visa and when it gets granted. The visa is temporary until a permanent visa (subclass 100) is finalized. Subclass 100- Partner (Migrant) Visa Australia offers a prospective Marriage Visa that allows people who plan to marry an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to come to Australia. The visa enables the holder to stay in the country for 9-15 months to get married to their partner. Applicants must be outside Australia when applying for the visa and when it gets granted. Once married, they can apply for a Partner Visa subclass 820 and 801 to stay in Australia. To make it easier for our readers to navigate through the different visa categories and know more about their eligibility criteria, documents required, cost, processing time, and more, we have created a table below.
Visa TypeEligibility Criteria Documents RequiredCostProcessing Time

Entitlements While Visa Application is Being Processed

Temporary Partner Visa (subclass 820)-For Onshore ApplicantsEligibility Criteria for Subclass 820
Partner visa (temporary)
Documents Required for Subclass 820
Partner visa (temporary)
AUD 8,085 for most applicants.

AUD 1,350 for Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)
25% of applications: 6 Months

50% of applications: 9 Months

75% of applications: 18 Months

90% of applications: 37 Months
Live, work, and study in Australia during the processing of your permanent Partner visa

Unlimited travel to and from Australia

Eligible to attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program

Ability to apply for access to Australia's public healthcare scheme, Medicare.

Permanent Partner Visa (subclass 801)-For Onshore ApplicantsEligibility Criteria for Subclass 801
Partner visa (Permanent)
The fee for this visa will already have been paid for when the applicant makes a combined application for temporary and permanent partner visa.25% of applications: 6 Months

50% of applications: 11 Months

7% of applications: 156 Months

90% of applications: 25 Months
The freedom to study, work, and live in Australia indefinitely.

The ability to sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia.

The opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.
Partner Provisional Visa (subclass 100)-For Onshore ApplicantsEligibility Criteria for Subclass 100
Partner (Migrant) visa
Documents required for Subclass 100
Partner (Migrant) visa

The fee for this visa will already have been paid for when the applicant makes a combined application for temporary and permanent partner visa.25% of applications: 5 Months

50% of applications: 12 Months

75% of applications: 17 Months

90% of applications: 31 Months
Live, work, and study in Australia for an unlimited time.

Sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia.

Apply for Australian citizenship if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Partner Provisional Visa (subclass 309)-For Offshore Applicants

Eligibility Criteria for Subclass 309
Partner (Provisional) visa


Documents Required for Partner Provisional Visa (subclass 309)
From AUD 8,08525% of applications: 4 Months

50% of applications: 8 Months

75% of applications: 15 Months

90% of applications: 30 Months

Live, work, and study in Australia while waiting for your permanent Partner visa to be processed.

Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want.

If eligible, attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program.

Apply for access to Australia's public health care scheme, Medicare
Prospective Marriage V)-For Offshore Applicantsisa (subclass 300

Eligibility Criteria for Subclass 300
Prospective Marriage visa


Documents Required for Subclass 300
Prospective Marriage visa

From AUD 8,08525% of applications: 5 Months

50% of applications: 9 Months

75% of applications: 19 Months

90% of applications: 35 Months
The visa allows the applicant to stay in Australia for a duration ranging from 9 to 15 months after being granted the visa.

The applicant is permitted to work and study in Australia during their stay.
   Source: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

Tips for Applying for a Partner Visa:

  1. Make sure you meet all of the eligibility criteria before you apply.
  2. Gather all of the required documents.
  3. Complete the application form carefully.
  4. Pay the application fee for counseling.
  5. Attend your visa interview.
  6. Be patient. The processing time for a partner visa can take several months.
Applying for a partner visa can be a complex process. However, it’s worth it if you’re looking to live and work in Australia permanently. If you have any questions, be sure to contact a registered migration agent. Kangaroo Education Foundation is a team of specialist consultants and migration agents helping people begin their lives in Australia. Contact us at sydney@kangarooedu.com for the info! Related Blog: A Comprehensive Guide to Skilled Migrant Visas in Australia
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