Partner (Provisional) Visa (subclass 820) and Partner (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 801)

Australian Partner Visa – Partner (Provisional) Visa (subclass 820) and Partner (Migrant) Visa (subclass 801)

This visa allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to live in Australia.

The Australian Partner Visa is a 2-stage process. That is, you apply for a temporary and a  permanent visa at the same time, and depending on your circumstances, you will be granted either one or the other.

In most circumstances, you will first be granted the 820 temporary visa, followed by the 801 visa 2 years later. Long term committed couples who have lived together for at least 3 years immediately prior to lodging the visa, or 2 years living together and with a child together, will receive the permanent residency 801 visa straight away.

The DOHA visa application fee that you pay on lodgement of the application covers both the temporary and permanent visas.

Obtain a quote for an Australian partner visa.


In most cases you will be married, in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months, or have registered the relationship with an Australian State Government.

For the 820 and 801, you need to show evidence of your shared life. This includes your financial commitment to one another, shared living arrangements and social recognition of your relationship. We will assist you with putting together the evidence required to demonstrate your commitment to each other, and assist with the preparation of your personal statement, which is an important document explaining the nature of your relationship.

Generally, you must be able to show 12 months of cohabitation evidence. However, depending on where you live, you may be able to register your relationship and waive this requirement.

  • You and your sponsor must be at least 18 years of age
  • Your relationship is genuine, continuing and mutually exclusive
  • You live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis
  • Be in a de facto relationship (at least 12 months), married or have registered the relationship
  • You meet the Australian health requirements
  • You and your sponsor meet the character requirements

Bridging Visa A:

When your partner visa is lodged whilst you are in Australia, an associated Bridging Visa A (BVA) is automatically issued by the Department of Home Affairs. The BVA only comes into effect once your current visa has expired. For example, if you hold a 3 month tourist visa, your BVA would come into effect at the end of the 3 months. In this case, your work rights would commence only once your 3 month tourist visa has expired, and the BVA is activated. You can work until a decision is made on your Partner visa.

Cost of visa:

Australian Government fee due when the visa is lodged AUD$7,850.00.

Apply from:

You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa.

Processing times:

Currently 6-12 months.

Impact of COVID on processing times:

The pressure to bring partners of Australian Citizens into Australia during the COVID crisis has seen the Australian Government allocate a further 73,500 Partner visas for the 2021/22 financial year. This means that processing times have been reduced considerably.

We are currently lodging more off-shore Partner (subclass 309) visas than on-shore Partner (subclass 820) due to the reduced processing times.

Discuss the best visa for you with our Migration Agent

Will registering the relationship in Australia take away the need of living together for 12 months?

If the Australian partner has lived in Australia for 3 months, or is currently living in Australia, they can apply to Register the Relationship with the State Government where they reside. This, combined with evidence that the relationship is genuine and ongoing, will negate the necessity of providing evidence of living together for 12 months immediately before lodging the visa application. Speak to our Registered Migration Agent to see if this an option for you.

Please note: only the following states currently allow relationships to be registered – NSW, Victoria, ACT, NT, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

Contact us today and speak to our Registered Migration Agent. We can assess your options and recommend the best visa pathway for you.

If you have not lived together for 12 months but have lived together at some point during the relationship, then you may still be eligible. It is possible for the sponsor to register the relationship with the State in which they are residing. This, combined with evidence that the relationship is genuine and ongoing, will negate the necessity of providing evidence of living together for 12 months immediately before lodging the visa application.

Please note: only the following states currently allow relationships to be registered – NSW, Victoria, ACT, NT, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

Bridging visas are only granted to visa applicants who apply for a Partner visa whilst in Australia, to ensure they remain lawful while their application is being processed. If you lodge your Partner visa outside of Australia, you will not be eligible for a Bridging visa.

Applications are generally processed in the order they are received and there is little scope to change this. If you feel you have compelling or compassionate reasons as to why your application should be processed earlier, you will need to provide a written statement outlining these circumstances. It should be noted that circumstances such as employment in Australia; schooling for children, pregnancy, selling your house, or separation from your partner is not considered compelling or compassionate.

No. You must still provide evidence to show that your relationship is genuine and on-going and that you both have a mutual commitment to a shared life together.

Once the application has been lodged with the Australian Government, a Health Assessment Portal (HAP) ID number will be generated. The HAP ID number must be quoted when booking your appointment with the Australian Panel Doctor.

You must undertake:

  • a medical examination regardless of age; and
  • an x-ray if aged 11 years or over; and
  • an HIV test if aged 15 or over.

All medical examinations and x-rays must be completed by Panel Doctors and Radiologists designated by the Australian Government. These are recorded electronically and kept on departmental systems.

You must provide police certificate(s) from each country where you have lived for a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years. These 12 months are calculated cumulatively and need not have been consecutive.

Are you eligible?


Good and efficient services, clear information on what documents to provide and quick answers to my questions. Got two visas approved with Kimberleys help 😊.
Lesley Botschuyver
Lesley Botschuyver
03:09 17 Oct 21
Visa Go Australia provided amazing service when applying for a partner visa. They provide great support and advice throughout the process to ensure your application is done perfectly. Kimberley was always very patient answering my questions, and following up on things I missed. I would highly recommend Visa Go to anyone applying for an Australian visa.
Rebecca Wolody
Rebecca Wolody
10:01 07 Oct 21
Visa Go were fantastic at helping me secure my partner visa . The whole process was very simple and well explained - and I got the permanent residency after only a few months which was amazing. Kimberley was very helpful and supportive throughout the process and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone!
Sam Hodson
Sam Hodson
11:11 17 Sep 21
Kimberley and Darren helped myself and my partner with our Australian residencies and we couldn’t be happier. Even through lockdown Kimberley was attentive and on the ball at all times, my visa process took no time at all! I’ve already recommended friends to visa go as they truly know what they are doing and are there to help and make the process as straight forward as possible. Highly recommend!!!
Mary Pegasiou
Mary Pegasiou
21:20 16 Sep 21
I used Visa Go to apply for my Partner Visa and I have been super impressed with the service and turnaround time. Kimberley was very thorough with her communication and kept us updated through out the whole process. I can’t recommend the service enough!
Jacob Forrest
Jacob Forrest
14:06 20 Jul 21
My agent with Visa go was Kimberley Chatt. She was fantastic the whole way through. Always had very professional and prompt responses whenever I had a query. I felt like she went above and beyond to help me understand each step of the process. I now have my permanent partner visa in Australia and couldn't be happier. She turned what can often be a long arduous ordeal into a streamlined easy process. I would highly recommend this agency to anyone looking to immigrate to Australia. Thanks again Kimberley!
Ross Findlay
Ross Findlay
09:00 25 Jan 21
My Husband and I used Visa Go Australia to support us through our Visa process. Our Visa advisor was Sue, Sue was great from start to finish, always so helpful and replied to our emails and calls so quickly.
Our visa process took 11 months (as expected for the visa we applied for) and Sue kept us on track and up to date all the time, extremely organised and always happy to help and provide us with her support.
I highly recommend Visa Go Australia, we couldn't imagine trying to go through this process without Sues help and guidance. Samantha Mills
Samantha Mills
Samantha Mills
20:05 17 Dec 20
Visa Go provided an excellent service. They were professional, helpful and efficient throughout the visa process and Sue, my designated migration agent, always had words of encouragement to help deal with the tedium of the paperwork. I am a professional and I thought using a migration agent was probably unnecessary. I thought I could manage the paperwork process myself. However, it quickly became clear to me that an agent's assistance was very necessary. Visa Go's knowledge was invaluable and I have no hesitation in recommending their services.
Lorna Balfour
Lorna Balfour
11:07 17 Dec 20
Using Visa Go Australia was the BEST decision we made when planning for our move to Australia. My husband is British and needed an offshore 309 spouse visa. Sue made our life so much easier supporting us every step of the way. I was impressed with her knowledge, every question I had was answered quickly and with confidence. There is a huge amount of time and effort your agent does in the background so that you don't have to. I always felt like a priority and that I was in the safe hands of an expert. Not to mention how kind and friendly the agents are. I would highly recommend this company to anyone - 5 star service!
Lisa Garside
Lisa Garside
19:48 05 Dec 20
Amazing Darren and deanne changed our lives helping us Emmigrate to a new country.
John Docherty
John Docherty
15:17 19 Aug 20
Visa Go Australia were integral in getting our visas granted, without them the whole process would have been so difficult for us to get everything right, they were always so happy to help no matter how silly the question. They split the process up in to manageable chunks and made sure that we were always ready for the next step which really minimised the stress of it all.
Can't thank Darren and Kimberley enough.
Calam, Charlie and Rory
Chaz Manning
Chaz Manning
20:16 19 Jul 20
Me and my partner Cynthia have successfully been granted our partner visa for Australia and could definitely not have done it without all of the never ending help from Sue. Any visa process is always stressful, yet they helped so much with any problems we had along the way. I can't recommend this company enough! If you're worried about applying for a visa, you can rest assured that with their experience and knowledge, partnered with how lovely they always are even with the smallest of questions that you will be having your visa granted in no time with minimal stress!
Thank so much for all your help!
Jonas & Cynthia
Jonas Forshaw
Jonas Forshaw
12:02 27 Jun 20
We were recently granted a PR Visa and the work that Sue puts in in the background is commendable. Darren and Sue have been great to work with over the last 2 years and we were kept up to date the whole way.
I would highly recommend anyone applying for a visa to do it through them.
They made sure we had all the information at every step of they way and nothing was ever a problem if I called or emailed.
Thank you so much to all of the team!
Denny, Victoria and Caitlyn
Victoria Pullinger
Victoria Pullinger
09:12 31 May 20
I can not recommend these enough, was with us all the way, even when things got frustrating, no fault of the company, just how long the process takes. You do have to be patient and understand they have to wait on the migration department. It is worth using an agent. They completed a PMV300 for us and are now doing the next stage. It really does unburden a lot of stress during what is a stressful time. Even long after I was given advice and guidance when the job had already been completed. Honest, reliable and understanding. Thank you and keep well all. Marie & Jodie
Marie Curly-Locks
Marie Curly-Locks
23:10 14 May 20
NZ Licensed
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