If you have found a suitable partner in Australia and would like to settle down with them, then you may require a Partner visa.
The Partner visas (subclasses 820 and 801) allow you to live in Australia as the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. This applies to same-sex couples as well. To be eligible must be married or in a de facto relationship (for at least 12 months) with your partner.
Other factors that determine eligibility:
- You must be 18 or older for your marriage to be valid under Australian law.
- You must meet the department of immigration health and character requirements.
- If you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia, you might not be eligible for this visa.
- You must have settled your debts, if any, to the Australian government.
Normally the temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is granted to you first allowing you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) is processed.
Evidence of your relationship
Australian Immigration is especially strict on partner visa, and as such always gives them closer scrutiny. The success of your application will heavily depend on the quality and quantity of evidence you provide about your ongoing relationship. Some states in Australia allow you to register your relationship to support your application if you are already living in the country; a partner visa migration agent can elaborate this further for you.
Cost of the visa
The cost of a partner visa starts from AUD 7000, but if you hold a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300), the fee is AUD 1170. This is paid as one fee, to cater for the permanent and the temporary visa. Payment is made at the time of lodging your application. This is a non-refundable fee. An additional fee is applicable for any children applying for the visa with you.
If there is a need for health checks, police certificates and biometrics you will have to pay for these as well.
After your partner visa is granted, you receive full work rights and are free to live anywhere in Australia. If your partner visa is lodged while you are in Australia (this option is available to marry and de facto couples), you are entitled to a bridging visa that will enable you to work as you wait for the processing of your visa. We can tell you more about how this works.
The department of immigration lets you include your dependent children or stepchildren in your application. If you are granted the visa, your children are entitled to the same rights and visa conditions as yourself.
If you require a migration agent in Sydney to handle your case, we are always available to assist you.