Australia Partner Sponsor Visa - Partner Visa for Spouse and De-Facto Partner | Perth, WA

The Australian partner sponsorship visa allows a fiancé, partner, de-facto partner, or a person intending to marry to come to Australia to live with his or her partner. To apply for this category of visa, an applicant must be married, intending to marry or should be in a long-term relationship with an eligible Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen with proof of living together. Or there should be an intention of marrying in case of a prospective marriage visa.

What Are the Different Partner Visa Categories?

There are different types of partner sponsorship visa categories that you can apply for based on the nature of the relationship. The common categories of partner visas are:

Partner Temporary Visa - Subclass 820:This is the first step towards applying for a permanent partner visa. You can apply for this visa both onshore, that is when you are in Australia or from abroad. Partner Visa (Temporary) Subclass 820 allows you to live in Australia till the time your permanent visa application is decided upon. You are allowed multiple entries and exits from Australia and can live, work and study in Australia, without government support. You also become eligible to enrol in Australia’s public health care system.

Permanent Partner Visa - Subclass 801:After you have completed the designated period on a temporary partner visa, you are entitled to apply for a permanent partner visa. A permanent Partner Visa Subclass 801 allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently and also apply for Australian citizenship in due course. To apply for this visa, you must be a holder of a temporary partner visa and should be in a long-term relationship or married to an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You can also include your dependent children when you apply for this application.

Prospective Marriage Visa - Subclass 300:As the name suggests this visa category is for applicants who want to come to Australia before marrying an eligible Australian citizen or permanent resident. After the marriage, the applicant can apply for a partner visa to live permanently in Australia. The Prospective Marriage Visa Subclass 300 allows you to stay in Australia between 9 to 15 months from the date of granting the visa. You are free to work and study at your expense in Australia. To apply for this category, you should be outside Australia at the time of applying and should intend to marry within the prescribed duration of the visa.

The two main categories of visas are onshore and offshore visas.

These are:

Onshore visas (820 & 801):You can apply for these visas when you are in Australia. The partner visa Subclass 820 is a temporary visa while the immigration department decides on your permanent partner visa Subclass 801.

Offshore Visas (309 & 100):You apply for these categories of visas when you are outside Australia. While partner visa 309 is a temporary visa, the partner visa subclass 100 is a permanent (migrant) visa. You can stay on the 309 visas until the time your application for a 100 partner visa is decided upon. After you have been granted Partner Visa Subclass 100, you can stay in Australia indefinitely and later apply for permanent citizenship.

Partner Visa Australia Checklist

Several documents are required to be submitted along with your application. Do check the Department of Home Affairs website or talk to a qualified visa agent before applying. The important documents required are:
  • Form 80 – Regarding character assessment of the applicant.
  • Form 888 – Declaration by 3rd parties in support of the relationship. Minimum 2, recommend 4-6 forms
  • Passport biodata page
  • Passport size photo X 2
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Joint account statements
  • Joint mortgage statements
  • Health and character documents

Partner Visa Australia Processing Time

There is no fixed or stipulated time for processing the partner visa application. However, on average, the partner visa processing time is usually 16-24 months. This also depends on a lot of factors such as:
  • Visa subclass chosen
  • Providing complete documentation
  • Quick response to queries or requests for additional information by the immigration department.
  • The time taken by external agencies like police for verification and gathering of information.
  • Yearly slots available with the immigration department for a particular category.

Partner Visa Sponsor Eligibility & Requirements

These are the various partner visa sponsor eligibility requirements:
  • You should be 18 years of age or more.
  • You should be in a long term or de-facto or intend to marry the applicant you are sponsoring.
  • You should be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident and should have lived in Australia for more than 2 years.
  • You should not owe any debts to the Australian government.
  • When applying for a provisional or temporary visa the applicant must be living outside Australia.
  • When applying for a permanent visa, the applicant should be living in Australia.
  • Documentary evidence to support a partner visa.

One of the key partner visa requirements is that you need to provide documentary evidence of your relationship. This includes:
  • Joint bank accounts
  • Joint mortgage
  • Proof of cohabitation
  • Proof of holidays together
  • Bills and invoices
  • Letters and invitations
  • Email and letters
  • Social media interactions
  • Naming each other beneficiaries in insurance policies
  • Joint ownership of property

Partner Visa Australia Cost

The partner visa for Australia cost $7,715. This does not include the police certificate cost of $50 and the medical examination cost of $550. If you include any dependent’s application along with your application, then the cost of their application needs to be paid separately. Do check the Australian government's Department of Home Affairs website or check with your visa agent to know the exact fees or cost of the visa that may vary between different categories.

Why Choose Us for an Australian Partner Visa in Perth?

There is a long queue and waiting list of partner visas as thousands of migrants enter Australia. Emaus Migration is the leading agency in Perth, WA for guiding applicants to apply for every kind of partner visa. Here are the benefits of applying for a partner visa with us:
  • Personalised service
  • MARA guidelines adherence
  • Honest assessment
  • Documentation assistance
  • Fair pricing
  • Liaison with immigration authorities
  • Regular updates
  • Tailor-made solutions
  • Fast turnaround time

To get the best partner sponsorship visa services from skilled, experienced, and MARA registered partner visa migration agents in Perth, WA, get in touch with Emaus Migration today. For a free assessment and to book a consultation, contact us through email at emausmigration@gmail.com. You can also call us on 0424 437 251 or +61 424 437 251 (from overseas) for assistance and bookings.