Australian Partner Visas
If you’re in a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you could be eligible to apply for a visa to live in Australia on a temporary or even permanent basis.
Our team at Emergico are Partner Visa experts. Enter your details on this page, and you can access our exclusive Partner Visa fact sheet, giving you an essential introduction to this area of Australian migration.
You can also find answers to common questions below.
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There are various Partner Visas available to apply for, each with different eligibility criteria, and providing different lengths of residency. You can read more about them here. They all require you to be in a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident. We can provide a professional opinion on your specific visa opportunities. Complete our eligibility form to explore further.
This depends on the visa subclass you are granted, which is at the discretion of the case officer who processes the application. A temporary partner visa (subclass 309/820) will be granted initially. If the application satisfies the requirements for permanent residency, that will be granted straight away. Otherwise, temporary residency will granted until a decision is made on a permanent Partner Visa.
In nearly all cases, partners will need to live together in order to qualify for a Partner Visa. Typically, 12 months of cohabitation is required before an application is made, however consideration is given to marriage or civil partnerships. The Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) allows a Partner Visa pathway in spite of not living together, on the basis of marriage within 9 months of visa grant.
The current Visa Application Charge (VAC) for a standard Partner Visa application is $7,715 (AUD). The VAC is only paid once, and covers the second-stage permanent residency application, if that is necessary. There are also health and character costs in addition to the VAC. Given the high costs involved, we strongly recommend securing professional assistance from our team to minimise risk.
Our team are very experienced in managing the Partner Visa application process from beginning to a successful end. We’ve helped hundreds of couples to get the visa they need to secure a future together in Australia. Our service is comprehensive and thorough. It all starts by completing our Partner Visa assessment form. If we believe you have a pathway to a visa, we’ll invite you to talk with us further so we can best understand your situation.
Partner Visa application processing times can vary significantly, depending on the country from which you apply and the visa processing centre that will manage the application. A typical processing time might range from 12 to 18 months. Our team can provide you with tailored advice specific to your situation so that you have a full understanding of your own application process and time frame. Complete our Partner Visa eligibility form to get started.
Australian Visas & COVID-19
The current global health crisis has complicated almost every facet of life, and obtaining an Australian visa is no exception. As this is a developing situation, the impact on those who have plans to secure an Australian visa is not yet known with certainty.
We do know that the Australian government are continuing to accept, and process, Partner Visa applications.
While it seems reasonable to expect a degree of disruption to the application process, our team are monitoring and acting on the latest government advice closely, and advising our clients accordingly.
As registered migration agents, we act in the interest of our clients, in accordance with government policy and the Code of Conduct set out by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority, which protects your rights as a consumer.