Australian Partner Visa

How To Be Well – Prepared For An Australian Partner Visa

It’s estimated that approximately 40,500 Partner visas will be granted this financial year. Wondering how to select the right Partner pathway and prepare thoroughly for it? Keep reading for expert advice from our qualified consultant!

What is an Australian Partner visa?

Australian Partner visas enable Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to sponsor their spouse or prospective spouse to migrate to Australia for building the relationship, and long-term residence.

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What is an Australian partner visa?

How many types of Australian Partner visas?

There are 3 types of Partner visa Australia, which are:

  • Prospective Marriage visa Australia (Subclass 300).
  • Partner Provisional visa (Subclass 309) and Partner Migrant visa (Subclass 100).
  • Partner Temporary visa (Subclass 820) and Partner Permanent visa (Subclass 801).

Partner Temporary visa – Subclass 820/ 801

The Partner (Temporary) visa – Subclass 820 is a temporary visa that allows you and your partner to live in Australia temporarily. This visa permits Australian citizens/permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens residing legally in Australia to sponsor their spouse to Australia. It’s necessary to be in Australia (onshore) when applying for the Subclass 820 visa.

After 2 years of holding the subclass 820, if your relationship remains ongoing and both of you meet the requirements, you can become a permanent resident with the subclass 801 visa.

Depending on the nature of the relationship, these two visas can be granted simultaneously or separately. If the relationship is determined to be genuine long-term before applying, the Australian Department of Home Affairs may grant the subclass 801 immediately after the subclass 820.

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Partner (Temporary) visa – Subclass 820/801

Partner (Provisional) visa – Subclass 309/ 100

The Partner (Provisional) visa – Subclass 309 permits the spouse or partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to temporarily live in Australia. 

This visa serves as the initial stage before applying for the permanent residency Partner Migrant visa (Subclass 100). It’s important to note that you must be offshore when applying for the Subclass 309 visa.

Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

The Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300) is a temporary visa designed for applicants residing outside Australia. It permits the prospective spouse or partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to reside in Australia for up to 15 months. 

The Subclass 300 visa serves as the initial step towards obtaining permanent residency through the Partner visa (Subclass 820/801).

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Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

In addition to Partner visas, you can refer to other Australian Family visas. Contact VEM for further information.

Basic difference among three types of Australian Partner visas

The main differences among the three types of Australian Partner visas include their validity, extension, and the place at the time of visa lodgement:

CriteriaSubclass 300Subclass 309Subclass 820
Visa validity15 months since the visa grant dateUntil your Subclass 100 visa is grantedUntil your Subclass 801 visa is granted
Validity extensionNo extensionAfter 2 years of lodging the Subclass 309 visa application, you can apply for a Subclass 100 visa.After 2 years of lodging the Subclass 309 visa application, you can apply for a Subclass 801 visa.
Free Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)Not availableAvailableAvailable
Place to be at the time of Partner visa Australia application/ lodgement Offshore when the visa is grantedOffshore when applying for the visaOnshore when applying for the visa


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Basic difference among three types of Australian Partner visas

Required documents for Aus Partner visa application

The required documents for an Australian Partner visa application include:

  • Identification documents:
    • Certified copy of your passport
    • ID card photos
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate
    • Certified copy of your marriage certificate (if married)
    • Proof of divorce (if necessary)
  • Financial aspect: Proofs showing financial sharing: bank accounts, credit cards, bills, etc.
  • Domestic aspect:
    • Evidence of living together as a couple
    • Share responsibilities
  • Social aspect: Proofs show that your relationship is known by others.
  • Long-term commitment aspect:
    • The future plans
    • Having children
    • Having joint property ownership
  • Application forms: Online Partner visa Australia application forms via ImmiAccount. Contact VEM for assistance.

To know whether you meet Marriage visa Australia requirements, contact VEM. Our consultant – Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877), with more than 10 years of experience in the migration field, will assist you.

Common reasons that a Spouse visa Australia gets refused

Partner visas can be refused for various reasons, but some common ones include:

  • Not submitting a proper application with sufficient documents.
  • Unclear and inaccurate documents.
  • Providing conflicting information during the interview.
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Required documents for Aus Partner visa application

There is other detailed information which you can find in relevant writings on VEM’s website. Otherwise, you can contact VEM’s office for further support.

Please note that the Partner visa Australia cost may increase annually, and there is no refund in case your application is rejected. Therefore, thorough preparation is advisable.

Our qualified and experienced migration consultant (MARN: 1577877), who is also a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648), stays updated with the latest Australian immigration changes. This ensures that VEM knows precisely how to prepare and lodge your visa application to meet all requirement for Partner visa Australia.

Important notes when applying for a Partner visa Australia

A sponsor is allowed to sponsor a maximum of two partner visa applicants. Additionally, the most recent sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia must have occurred at least 5 years ago.

Interview experiences for Australian Partner visas

If an interview is conducted (which is rare), questions during the Couple visa Australia interview will typically cover personal information, employment history, daily routines, and details about your relationship with your partner.

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Notes about Australian Partner visas

Common questions during a Partner visa interviews

  • Personal information:
    • What is your partner’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth?
    • Is this the first marriage for both of you?
    • Does your partner have any children? If so, what are their names and ages?
  • Hobbies/ Habits:
    • What are your partner’s hobbies or interests?
    • Describe the most recent trip you took together.
    • How did you first meet your partner?
  • Working experiences: Questions about your partner’s occupation
  • Relationship:
    • Can you describe your relationship history?
    • How long have you been in this relationship?
    • How long have you and your partner been together?
  •  Future intentions:
    • When do you plan to get married?
    • What are your wedding plans?
    • Will the wedding take place in Australia or another location?
    • What are your plans after the wedding?
    • Do you intend to have children? 

You may receive a phone interview from a case officer at any time. Stay composed and ensure the information you provide matches what was submitted in your application.

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Common questions during a Partner visa interviews

Contact VEM and consult with Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648), to ensure your visa application is carefully prepared and submitted.

By: Peter Phong D Cao – Registered migration agent

(MARN: 1577877, MIA: 12648)

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Frequently asked questions

How many times can I sponsor someone for a Partner visa?

You can sponsor applicants for a Spouse visa Australia up to two times.

How should I prepare for the interview?

Prepare answers to common questions as mentioned earlier, ensuring that both you and your partner’s answers are consistent.

Is evidence of financial capacity required from the sponsor?

No, evidence of financial capacity is not required.

What is the processing time for a Partner visa?

If applying offshore, processing time is approximately 17 to 35 months. If onshore, processing time is around 6 to 15 months.

How much does it cost to apply for a Partner visa in Australia?

The Partner visa Australia cost varies depending on each type of visa. You can find them on VEM’s website.