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Subclass 820/801 – One step closer to Australian permanent residence

From 2022-2023, Australian Partner visas will be granted on a demand driven basis to facilitate family reunification. There are 40.500 visas for 2022-2023. If you and your partner wish to apply for a succesful visa application soon, you should know all the following information listed below.



What is a Partner visa – Subclass 820/801?

It’s commonly known as a Partner visa that you apply during your temporary stay in Australia.

It allows an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen living in Australia temporarily to sponsor his/her spouse to come live in Australia permanently.


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What is a Subclass 820/801 visa?


The difference between subclass 820 and 801?

A partner visa – subclass 820


It’s a temporary visa. To apply for this visa, the relationship between two people must be at least 1 year (if the couple do not officially register for their relationship).


This visa allows you to live in Australia temporarily until you get a permanent residency visa – Subclass 801.

After the visa being granted for 2 years since the time of application lodgement, you are eligible to apply for the PR Subclass 801 visa.

A partner visa – subclass 801

To apply for this visa, you must hold a temporary Partner Visa – Subclass 820. A Partner Visa – Subclass 801 allows you to live in Australia permanently.

The benefits of having a 820/801 visa

Each Subclass has different benefits:

Subclass 820 visa


Residence benefits
    • Stay in Australia until a Subclass 801 is granted
    • Study in Australia until a Subclass 801 is granted (you will not get support from the government for your study)
    • Have unlimited hours to work in Australia
Free entries benefitsTravel in and out of Australia as many times as you want
Education benefitsAttend free English language classes that are provided by the Adult Migrant English Program up to 510 hours
Social security benefitsReceive an Australian’s medicare (covering most health services with no costs) and other social security programs
Sponsor family member benefitsInclude dependent children  (must be in Australia) if they meet all the DHA requirements


These benefits are extremely precious. That’s why so many people want to obtain this visa.

The Subclass 820 visa requires people to be in Australia in order to apply. Therefore, VEM is a great companion for you.


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Benefits of a Partner visa – Subclass 820


Beside one office located in Vietnam, VEM’s main headquarter is in Australia. So, no matter if you’re applying for a Subclass 300 visa in Vietnam or you’re beginning to apply for a Subclass 820/801 in Australia, VEM can still fully support you.

Moreover, Mr Phong Cao (CEO of VEM) is currently living and working in Australia. That’s why he can provide you with some advice and support directly if you’re also living in the ‘Land of Kangaroo’.

All you need to do is contact us to schedule an appointment that suits you.

Subclass 801 visa

After 2 years of a Subclass 820 visa being granted, you’ll be eligible for a Subclass 801 visa application. With this visa, you’ll receive all the benefits listed in the Subclass 820 as well as some other perks.

  • Become a permanent resident in Australia
  • Apply for an Australian citizenship
  • Sponsor your family members to Australia

The requirements of a Subclass 820/801 visa


For the applicant
    • Must be 18 years old or older
    • Must be in Australia during the application time
For the sponsor

Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

For both
    • Your marriage must be valid under Australian Law
    • Your relationship with your partner must both be committed to a shared life together, be honest and carry on
    • Your relationship must be over 12 months (if not yet married)
    • Must meet the health requirements
    • Must meet the character requirements
    • Must be free of debt to the Australian government
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or application refused


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Requirements for applying for a Subclass 820/801 visa


The cost of a Partner visa – Subclass 820/801

Depending on different cases, the cost of a Partner visa will vary. However, the estimated cost for most cases would be:


Types of charges and feesThe amount of money (AUD)
For the visa applicant
    • If not yet had a Subclass 300 visa: 8,085
    • If already had a Subclass 300 visa: 1,350
For the accompany member
    • Over 18 years old: 4,045
    • Under 18 years old: 2,025
Others: health, criminal record, biometricsApproximately AUD300 per person

Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.


Starting from 07/2021, the estimated cost of a Subclass 820/801 visa is set to be increased by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Besides, the cost for this visa fluctuates every time the Australian Government updates their immigration policy.


You should contact VEM for the latest update on the Subclass 820/801 visa cost.

Processing times of a Partner visa – Subclass 820/801

Your visa processing times will depend greatly on the accuracy of your documents and papers. Specifically,


Subclass 820 (Temporary)Subclass 801 (Permanent)
75% of applications are processed within21 months12 months
90% of applications are processed within33 months21 months


Time is money. That’s why you and your spouse shouldn’t wait another second to apply for a Subclass 820/801 visa now. That’s why you should reach out to VEM.


With our assistance, your 820 visa application and other related things will be attentively taken care of. Hence, you and your partner will have a lot more time for each other before applying for a permanent Subclass 801 visa.

Step by step of a Partner visa – Subclass 820/801

  • Step 1: Check your applications to see if you meet all requirements.
  • Step 2: Apply for a Subclass 820 visa and a Subclass 801 visa.
  • Step 3: A Partner Visa – Subclass 820 is granted to you.
  • Step 4: Preparing your documents to continue applying for a Subclass 801 visa.
  • Step 5: A Permanent Partner Visa – Subclass 801 is granted to you.


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The process of applying for a Partner visa – Subclass 820/801


What documents and papers are required when it comes to a Partner visa – Subclass 820/801


Types of documents

Identification papers
    • Copies of your certified birth certificate
    • Copies of your certified identification papers
    • Copies of your certified passport (within 6-month period starting from the beginning of your visa application)
    • Copies of your certified household registration book
    • Copies of your certified marriage certificate (if married)
    • Proofs that you had changed name before
    • Proofs that your relationship with your partner: living together, etc
    • Proofs that you had ended any previous romantic relationships
Proofs of financial commitment between you and your partnerSatisfy the financial requirements such as: using a joint bank account, regularly transferring money or sending gifts to each other, etc.
Proofs of relationship between you and your partner
    • Live together as spouses
    • Share responsibilities if having kids
    • Share household works
Proofs of social commitment between you and your partnerProofs that your relationship has been made public to your families and friends (photos with friends, hanging out with families, etc)
Proofs of long-term commitment between you and your partnerDiscussion about the future such as: having kids, working plans, etc
Application formsVEM will provide these forms and instruct you


Common reasons for a Subclass 820/801 visa rejection

Knowing these mistakes would reduce the risk of your Subclass 820/801 visa being rejected. In most cases, the application for a Partner visa is refused due to:


Documents inaccuracy
    • Not submitting a proper application and sufficient documents
    • Unclear and inaccurate documents
    • Inaccurate translation in papers
Inaccurate relationship proofs
    • Unrealistic financial proofs
    • Unconvincing proofs of family and social commitment
    • There is an arrangement in your marriage
    • You met your partner as a child and the marriage was arranged
    • You meet your partner online and do not have any commitments
    • Give false answers during interview
    • Unable to give answer during interview
    • Both of you and your partner’s answers don’t match up


With more than 11 years of experience of working in Australian migration services, VEM has helped so many couples successfully become Australian permanent residents with a Partner visa – subclass 820/801.

Thus, with the ongoing changes happening right now, you should let VEM assist you in your migration pathways.

Being a member of the MIA (Migration Institute of Australia), Mr Phong Cao always updates the latest information for the clients so as to make sure the documents are complete, accurate and legal.



Frequently asked questions

If I’m granted a Subclass 820/801 visa, how long can I stay in Australia?

When applying for a 820 visa, you must attach applications for a 801 visa. Therefore, when your 820 visa is approved, you’re allowed to stay in Australia until you receive a 801 visa.

Can I sponsor another family member while applying for this visa? If yes, what requirements does this person need to fulfil?

Yes. If you want to sponsor your children, your children need to be:

  • Under 18 years old
  • If your kids are between the age of 18 to 23, they must still be dependent on you.

Can I change my sponsor when applying for a Subclass 820 visa?

The answer is no. The Australian Law stated that the person who sponsors when you first apply for an 820 visa must be the same person to sponsor you while you’re having an 820 visa.

How long does it take to get a Subclass 801 after a Subclass 820 visa?

It is around 13 – 21 months depending on your applications. Contact us to get more useful information about the whole process for a Subclass 801 visa.

Can I apply for a Subclass 820/801 visa while in Australia on a Subclass 600 visa?

It is possible for you to do so if on your visa there is no condition “8503 – No further stay” and you meet the eligible criterias.


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