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Partner (Provisional) Visa (subclass 820) and Partner (Migrant) Visa (subclass 801)
This visa allows the partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to live in Australia.
The Partner Visa is a 2-stage process. You apply for a temporary and a permanent visa at the same time, and depending on your circumstances, you will be granted either a temporary partner visa or a permanent partner visa.
In most circumstances, you will first need to apply for 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 a child together, will be assessed for the temporary 820 and permanent 801 at the same time.
Those applicants who do not have evidence of living together for 3 years, or 2 years and a child, are most likely to be granted a temporary partner visa in the first instance. After 2 years, you must then apply to the Australian Government for your permanent partner visa. The Australian Government visa application fee that you pay on lodgement covers both visas.
Usually your relationship must have existed for at least 12 months immediately before the application is lodged, or the relationship has been registered with an Australian State Government. Time spent dating or in an online relationship may not count as being in a de facto relationship.
- 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
Cost of visa:
Australian Government fee due when the visa is lodged AUD$7,850.00
You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa.
Currently 2-5 months
Visa Go Australia fee to process the visa:
With Visa Go Australia offices in the United Kingdom and in Australia, we can offer payment in both currencies, as follows:
Applications processed in the UK and Europe – £1,500.00 paid in 2 stages
£750.00 Due on Lodgement of Visa
Applications processed in Australia or Asia- $3,000.00 paid in 2 stages
$1,500.00 Due on Lodgement of Visa
What if we have not lived together for 12 months?
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. You will need to provide evidence to prove that you have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months – Tenancy Agreement, Council Tax, Utility Bill, etc. Facebook screenshots of your relationship status are not sufficient. Without strong evidence to show your relationship has existed for 12 months, your application is likely to be refused.
Will Registering the Relationship in Australia take away the need of living together for 12 months?
Yes. If the Australian partner has lived 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.
Do I need a Bridging Visa?
Bridging Visas are granted to visa applicants who apply for a visa in Australia, to ensure they remain lawful while their application is being processed. If you lodge your Partner Visa while outside of Australia, you will not be eligible for a bridging visa.
Can my application be processed sooner?
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.
Does being married help with an application for a Partner Visa?
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.
When do I complete the medical?
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 radiological examination if aged 11 years or over; and
- a medical examination regardless of age; and
- a 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.
Do I require Police Checks?
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.
Why do you charge for consultations?
Our consultations are conducted with a Registered Migration Agent who is licensed with OMARA. Many companies offering free consultations use salespeople, who are not adequately qualified to advise you of Australian migration laws and processes. Should their advice be incorrect, and your visa application fails, there is no recourse and compensation.
Visa Go Australia is covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Are you eligible?
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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
Can't thank Darren and Kimberley enough.
Calam, Charlie and Rory
Thank so much for all your help!
Jonas & Cynthia
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