PARTNER VISAS

Under this visa option, the partner or spouse or prospective spouse (fiancé) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen can enter Australia to live here. These are 2-step visas where you will be granted a temporary visa first, and will be granted a permanent visa, which is usually after 24 months.

You can apply for the temporary and permanent visa together.

Partner Visa (subclass 820/801) (Apply in Australia)

Partner visas (subclass 820/801) are temporary and permanent visas for the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, who are already in Australia, seeking to live here.

It is a two-step process; divided as Partner visa (subclass 820), which is a temporary visa, and Partner visa (subclass 801) which is a permanent visa.

Partner Visa (subclass 820)

Partner visa (subclass 820) is the first step towards getting a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801). It allows the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live temporarily in Australia. 

You can study or work, and enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme (Medicare) while under this visa.

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa

  You must be in a genuine relationship with your spouse or partner

  You must be sponsored, which in this case is usually by your partner or spouse

  You must be 18 years or older, for both married or unmarried applicants

  You must meet health and character requirement

 

AUD 7,850

Visa Application Fees

It includes application fees for both temporary and permanent visas
AUD 1,310 only for Prospective Marriage visa holders
There are additional charges for every family member who applies for this visa along with you
You also have to pay for health checks, police reports and biometrics

24 mos.

Avg. Processing Times

75% of applications: 20 mos.

90% of applications: 27 mos.

24 mos.

Max. Stay Tenure

Your stay tenure is usually until your permanent visa (subclass 801) is granted or the application is withdrawn Applicants who have already been in a long-term relationship might not have to stay under the temporary visa (subclass 820). They might receive their permanent visa (subclass 801) immediately after receiving the temporary visa (subclass 820)

Partner visa (subclass 801)

Partner visa (subclass 801) is the final step of having a Partner visa. It allows the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live permanently in Australia. 

You can study or work, and enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme (Medicare) while under this visa. You are eligible to sponsor family members to come to Australia or even apply for Australian citizenship.

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must  hold a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820)

  You must be in a genuine relationship with your spouse or partner

  You must continued to be sponsored by your partner or spouse

 

Paid already

Visa Application Fees

*You have already paid for this visa while applying for the temporary partner visa

15 mos.

Avg. Processing Times

75% of applications: 11 mos.

90% of applications: 19 mos.

Permanently

Max. Stay Tenure

FAQ Partner Visa (subclass 820/801)

You must be in a de-facto relationship with your partner for at least 12 months immediately before applying for the visa.

You can include a dependent child or children when you apply for this visa. They must hold a Dependent Child visa (subclass 445) and be in Australia.

You can bring your immediate family members along with you as subsequent entrants through this visa. These family members must apply for the visa and must meet the health and character requirements.

Beyond the cost for the main applicant, there is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa. But there is no charge for Dependent Child visa (subclass 445). 

You have to pay for their health check, police check, and biometrics too.

If you have a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820), you can travel in and out of Australia as much as desired within the time your visa is valid.

If you have a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801), you can travel in and out of Australia as much as desired for 5 years from the date your visa is granted.

After the first 5 years, you must have a Resident Return visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia as a permanent citizen. If you apply for Australian citizenship, you do not require any visa to re-enter. You can use your Australian passport.

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