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How to apply for a Partner visa for Australia?

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Partner & Family
Partner - Principal Migration Lawyer
October 23, 2023
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For some, navigating the Australian immigration system is not dissimilar to finding your way through a never ending maze. We're here to help you with that.

We understand there's an overwhelming amount of information out there about the options available, making it tough to distinguish fact from fiction. That's why we're committed to being your trustworthy guide on this journey. Whether your aim is a temporary, provisional, or permanent Partner visa, or perhaps the Prospective Marriage visa, we can assist you. Understand more about the different Partner visas.

For optimal clarity and peace of mind when going through the process, work with us to ensure you put forward the best possible application to obtain an Australian visa.

The application process

Checking if you are eligible for a Partner visa

If you are pursuing the Partner visa pathway as an option to live in Australia with your partner, there are both the temporary or permanent options available. The first step is to meet with a professional migration lawyer to provide advice on your eligibility for a visa, including the subclass 820 and subclass 309, depending on your circumstances and if your partner is onshore or offshore.

In each case, the Sponsor is required to be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. 

Applying for a Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 820) or a Provisional Partner Visa (Subclass 309)

Once you engage Australian Migration Lawyers, we will provide you with a detailed checklist of all the documentation and evidence about the social, financial and other aspects of your relationship required for a comprehensive application. We will review all documentation and prepare submissions with you. We will also lodge on your behalf and be the key point of contact for the Department of Home Affairs if they have any questions. 

As simple as these steps above might appear, don’t be fooled. Working with a dedicated migration lawyer is also important as we understand the legislative and policy requirements for your application, and will make sure a comprehensive case is put forward. This experience can sometimes be the difference in obtaining a visa or not. We can assist you at all stages in the process, and appeals if required. 

Applying for a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

Another option that might suit you and your partner is the Prospective Marriage visa (300). If you're engaged and planning to marry an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, this might be the right path for you.

Transitioning from a Temporary Partner Visa to a Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801 or 100)

After living in Australia on a temporary partner visa, you may be eligible to apply for a Permanent Partner visa. Our team at Australian Migration Lawyers can assist you with advice if you might be eligible to apply for a Permanent Partner Visa (often after being on a Temporary Partner visa 820 and 309) and the evidence required. If you are, it will require you to continue to gather evidence regarding the nature of your ongoing relationship, including shared financial responsibilities and social activities. The costs for this stage are less as it is often building on earlier temporary applications and providing further evidence.


Free consultation

If you are interested in getting more information about a partner visa, get in touch with Australian Migration Lawyers for a free consultation.


Special Considerations

Applying when on another visa type

If you're already holding another type of Australian visa (visitor, skilled, protection, others), it is important to get advice from the team at Australian Migration Lawyers on the condition of your visas and what options are available to you before you start a new process. Our team can meet with you to discuss your specific requirements and pathways forward.

Remember, every couple's journey is unique, so it's crucial to seek professional support to make it as straightforward as possible.

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