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How to be well-prepared for an Australian Partner visa

It’s estimated that around 40.500 Partner visas will be granted in this financial year. How to choose the most suitable Partner pathway and be well prepared for it? Let’s read on to get the best advice from our qualified consultant!

 

 

What is an Australian partner visa?

Australian Partner visas allow Australian citizens/ permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to sponsor their spouse or prospective spouse to come to Australia for marriage, relationship build-up, and long-term stay.

 

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What is an Australian partner visa? 

 

How many types of Australian Partner visas?

There are 3 types of Australian Partner visas as below:

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

 

Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

A Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300 visa is a temporary visa for applicants outside Australia.

It allows a potential spouse/partner of an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia in 15 months. Subclass 300 visa is the first stage for the permanent residency Partner visa – Subclass 820/801.

 

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Prospective Marriage visa – Subclass 300

 

Partner (Provisional) visa – Subclass 309/100

A Partner (Provisional) visa – Subclass 309 allows a spouse/partner of an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia temporarily.

This visa is the first stage before applying for a permanent residency Partner Migrant visa (Subclass 100). Besides, you must be offshore when applying for visa 309.

 

Partner (Temporary) visa – Subclass 820/801

Partner (Temporary) visa – Subclass 820 is a temporary visa that allows you to live in Australia temporarily while waiting for the grant of a PR Partner visa – Subclass 801. You must be onshore when applying for visa 820.

 

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Partner (Temporary) visa – Subclass 820/801

 

Basic difference among three types of Australian Partner visas

 

Subclass 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 visa 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

 

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

 

Required documents for Aus Partner visa application

 

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 application forms via ImmiAccount. Contact VEM for assistance.

 

Common reasons that a Partner visa gets refused:

    • Not submitting a proper application with sufficient documents.
    • Unclear and inaccurate documents.
    • Providing conflicting information during the interview.

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.

 

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Required documents for Aus Partner visa application

 

Note that the Australia partner visa cost may increase every year, and you may not receive any refund if your application is refused. Therefore, it’s best to be well-prepared.

 

Our qualified and experienced migration consultant (MARN: 1577877) and member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) has always been among the first people to get updates of Australian immigration changes. Therefore, VEM knows how to prepare and lodge your visa application that meets the requirements.

 

Important notes

A sponsor can sponsor no more than 2 partner visa applicants. Besides, the last partner sponsorship must be made at least 5 years ago.

 

Interview experiences for Australian Partner visas

A sponsor can sponsor no more than 2 partner visa applicants. Besides, the last partner sponsorship must be made at least 5 years ago.

Notes about Australian Partner visas

Most questions in an interview for Australian Partner visas will relate to personal information, work, daily life, and relationship between you and your partner.

 

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Notes about Australian Partner visas

 

You may receive a phone interview at any time from a case officer. Keep yourself calm and give the information matching with the one you have provided on the application.

 

Common questions during a Partner visa interviews

 

Personal information
    • Your partner’s name, date of birth, hometown
    • Is this the first time you two get married?
    • Does your partner/spouse have any children? What is their name and age?
Hobbies/ Habits
    • Your partner’s hobbies
    • Talk about the last time you two travel together
    • How did you first meet?
Working experiences
    • Questions about your partner’s occupation
Relationship
    • Your relationship history
    • How long have you been in the relationship?
    • How long have you and your partner been together
Future intentions
    • When are you going to get married?
    • What’s your plan for the wedding?
    • Will the wedding be in Australia or somewhere else?
    • What’s your plan after the wedding?
    • Do you plan on having kids?

 

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Common questions during a Partner visa interviews

 

Frequently asked questions

How many times can I sponsor the applicant with a Partner visa?

You have no more than 2 times to sponsor the applicants on a Partner visa.

What should I do to be well-prepared for the interview?

As we mentioned above, you should prepare the answer for the common questions we provided, and it’s best to make sure that the answers of you and your partner are matching.

What is the processing time of a Partner visa?

As mentioned, you must be offshore when the visa is granted. If your Visitor visa excludes the 8503 provision, you can totally travel then get married in Australia.

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

You can find the cost of each Partner visa in relevant writings on VEM’s website.


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