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Subclass 309 visa – How to get a partner visa approval in 2024?

In 2023, 40,500 partner visas were granted by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA). You want to apply for a Subclass 309 visa, but has it been delayed for some reasons?

It is estimated that around 40,500 Partner visas will be available in 2024. How to receive a visa Subclass 309 approval in this financial year? Keep reading to get advice from our 12-year-of-experienced migration consultant.

 

 

What is a Subclass 309 visa?

A Partner (Provisional) visa – Subclass 309, allows a spouse/partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia temporarily. This visa is the first stage before applying for a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

Partner (Provisional) visa - Subclass 309
What is a 309 visa?

 

What is a Subclass 100 visa?

Partner (Migrant) visa, or visa Subclass 100, is granted to people who are holding a Visa 309. It allows a spouse/partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia permanently.

The Subclass 309 and Subclass 100 visa application must be lodged at the same time. However, the two subclass visas may be granted separately.

 

The benefits of a Subclass 309/100 visa

With a Subclass 309/100 visa, the applicant can live and work in Australia. Whether you are a temporary or permanent resident, you will be entitled for the following benefits:

 

Benefit / Subclass309100
ResidencyLive with your spouse in Australia while your Subclass 100 is being processed.
    • Become an Australian permanent resident.
    • Have an opportunity to become an Australian citizen if eligible.
Multiple entriesTravel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the Partner Subclass 100 is being processed.Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want.
Study and work
    • Study and work in Australia.
    • Attend a free Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
Family member benefitsAllow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.
Social aspectAccess to Medicare – an Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.

 

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Benefits of a Subclass 309 – Partner visa

 

If you want to apply for a Partner visa when you are in Australia, please refer to the Subclass 820/801 visa. You also can read about Subclass 300 visa – Prospective Marriage visa which may be a suitable pathway for your circumstance.

 

The requirements of a Subclass 309 visa

 

For the sponsor

    • Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • Have not sponsored any person for the second time on a Partner visa.
    • The last partner sponsorship must be made at least 5 years ago.
    • No criminal record.

For the applicant

    • Must be outside Australia at the time of making and being granted the application.
    • Must meet the health and character requirements.
    • Must have no debt to the Australian government.

For both

    • From and over 18 years of age.
    • Have met each other in person for at least 1 year.
    • Live together as a couple and commit to continue living together.
    • Genuinely intend to marry each other.
    • Your marriage is accepted according to the Australia laws.

 

Visa 309/100 may be the shorter pathway that helps the process of being permanently with your partner/spouse faster in Australia compared to Subclass 300.

However, the requirements for Subclass 309/100 are also more demanding compared to the ones of Subclass 300. Contact VEM for further advice.

 

If you understand and are clear about what pathway of partner visas suits your circumstance from the beginning, there is a higher chance for your visa being granted.

 

Processing times of Australia 309 visa

A proper preparation of your visa application can bring a positive impact on the time processing. According to the latest updates from the Australian Department of Home Affairs, the visa 309 processing time is around 11 to 24 months.

 

Subclass 309Subclass 100
50% of applications are processed within11 months12 months
90% of applications are processed within24 months23 months

 

Problems relating to supporting documents are the main reasons for being refused a Visa 300. For more than 12 years of working in the migration field, Mr. Peter Cao (CEO of VEM), a registered migration agent, has helped many clients being granted the Visa 309 earlier than expected.

 

Processing times 309 visa
Processing times of Australia 309 visa

 

If you are unsure about your visa application, please contact VEM for further advice and assessment. We can confidently assist you to have your partner visa process go through smoothly.

 

Steps to apply for a 309 visa

The process of applying for a Partner (Provisional) visa includes 5 steps:

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
    • Step 2: Apply for the Subclass 309/100 visa.
    • Step 3: Receive the grant of Subclass 309 and if without Subclass 100 visa grant.
    • Step 4: Prepare and lodge Subclass 100 visa application after 2 years since the lodgement of Australia 309 visa application.
    • Step 5: Receive the Subclass 100 visa.

 

subclass 309 process
The process of applying for a Partner visa – Subclass 309

 

The cost of a Subclass 309/100 visa

Visa application charge is paid once for both Subclass 309 and Subclass 100 visas.

 

Types of charges and feesThe amount of money (AUD)
For the visa applicantAUD8,885
For the additional applicant
    • Over 18 years old: 4,430
    • Under 18 years old: 2,215
Health, police certificates, and biometrics feesApproximately 300 per person

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

 

provisional visa australia
The cost of a Subclass 309/100 visa

 

Visa application charges may increase every year. Making a visa application within financial years can help you save a certain amount of money.

 

Required documents for a Subclass 309/100 visa

Required documents for Subclass 309/100 Partner visa must be as follows:

 

Types of documents

Identification papers

    • Certified copies of your passport
    • 2 ID card photos
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate
    • Certified copy of your marriage certificate
    • Proofs of legal name change (if necessary)
Financial aspectProofs showing financial sharing: bank accounts, credit cards, bills, etc.

Domestic aspects

    • Live together as a couple
    • Share responsibilities if having kids
Social aspectProofs shows that your relationship is known by others.
Long-term commitment aspect
    • The future plans
    • Having children
Application formsOnline application forms via ImmiAccount. Contact VEM for assistance.

 

Common reasons for a Subclass 309/100 visa being refused

Knowing these mistakes would reduce the risk of your Australia 309/100 visa being rejected. In most cases, the application for a Partner visa is refused due to:

 

Documents inaccuracy
    • Not submitting sufficient documents
    • Unclear and inaccurate documents
    • Inaccurate translated documents
Inaccurate relationship proofs

Lacking evidence of:

    • Financial aspect
    • Domestic aspect
    • Social aspect
    • Long-term commitment aspect
Interview mistakes
    • The information is conflicting
    • The answers are incorrect

VEM suggests several questions that help increase your chances of visa approval. Contact us for more details.

 

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Common reasons for a Subclass 309/100 visa being refused

 

Sometimes small mistakes can lead to the negative outcome of your visa application.

 

Contact VEM to increase the chance of your visa approval. Mr. Peter Cao (CEO of VEM), a registered migration agent (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. We, therefore, know how to prepare and lodge your visa application that meets the requirements.

 

Client’s story

VEM represented Ms. Mai Thu Hoa and her husband – Mr. Barry Wayne Hodges, to submit their Subclass 309/100 visa on June 16, 2021. After about 9 months, Ms. Hoa was granted the Subclass 100 resident visa!

Before receiving VEM’s so, Ms. Hoa had encountered many difficulties in applying for her visa:

    • She was banned for 3 years because of her visa refusal due to bad services from another company. This means she couldn’t apply for another visa for 3 years.
    • Other migration agents refused to take her case.

However, Mr. Peter Cao, our qualified and experienced consultant had successfully helped her to be granted her Subclass 309/100 visa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ujbBfjaxDA

 

Other VEM’s clients, Ms. Tien Kim Nhung and Mr. James Sumner Macpherson, were also granted a Australia 309 visa.

Before contacting VEM, they planned to apply for the visa themselves. But when they knew that the visa application charge is not refundable if their visa is refused, the couple decided to contact us.

With the support of Mr. Peter Cao, Ms. Nhung applied for a partner visa 309 on March 26, 2021. Three months later, on June 25, 2021, she was granted the visa. Currently, the couple is settling down in Surfer Paradise in Queensland, Australia.

In addition, on May 17, 2021, Ms. Nga Doan and her husband, Dean Arndel were very happy to have a visa 300 granted with our support.

After being granted the visa, Ms. Nga and her son arrived in Brisbane, Australia on August 1, 2021. Mr. Dean also shared that he was satisfied with VEM’s services and would let his friend know about VEM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_yg8tQsSGE

 

Frequently asked questions

How long can I stay in Australia with a 309 visa?

Holding a Subclass 309 visa, you can stay in Australia until you get your permanent residency when the Subclass 100 visa is granted. If your application is strong you can get both Subclass 309 and Subclass 100 visas granted at the same time.

Can I include family members in my application?

Yes, as long as they meet the requirements.

How many times can I go in and out of Australia with a Subclass 100 visa?

This is a Partner permanent visa (Subclass 100) so you can travel in and out Australia within 5 years.

If my Subclass 309 is refused, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, no. Once you have paid the fee, you will not get a refund if your visa application is refused.

To avoid wasting time and money, contact VEM for assistance.


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We hope you find this article helpful. To increase the chance of your visa success, contact VEM for further advice and assistance!

 

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