Partner Visa (subclasses 820 and 801) and (subclass 309 and 100)
The partner visa allows you to enter and live in Australia if you are the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
To be eligible for this visa, you must:
- Be sponsored by your partner who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- Have a valid marriage under Australia law; or
- Be in a de-facto relationship for at least 12 months immediately before the application. Under compassionate and compelling circumstances, the visa can be granted where a relationship exists for less than 12 months.
- Provide evidence that this is a genuine and continuing relationship.
The partner visa is a two-staged process. At the first stage, a temporary visa is granted. The second stage occurs two years after the initial application, to determine if the relationship is still genuine and continuing, before a permanent visa is granted.