A partner (subclass 801) visa is an application for permanent residency on the grounds of an established relationship. The application for a partner (subclass 801) visa is lodged with a partner (subclass 820) visa which is a temporary residency which when granted allows for you to stay onshore with your partner.
Application is first assessed on the grounds of the subclass 820 upon satisfying visa grant requirements, the applicant will temporarily be allowed to live, study, work and apply for Medicare onshore, whilst their application for permanent residency i.e. partner (subclass 820) visa is being processed.
If your relationship to the sponsor (your partner) has been long term your subclass 801 and 820 applications will occur at the same time in the duration of stage one and if successful you will be granted permanent residency.
Long term is defined as:
This will be validated with substantial evidence of the relationship.
Partner (subclass 820) visa
75% of applications take 23 months
90% of applications take 30 months
Updated on 19 October 2021
Stage 2- Subclass 801 Partner visa (Permanent)
2 years after lodgement of your application, specified evidence will need to be provided to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) with substantial indication you are still with your partner.
The applicant can still progress for permanent residency and maintain 820 temporary visas where there are circumstances that they could not stay in the relationship, such as domestic violence.
partner (subclass 801) 75% of applications take 9 months
90% of applications: 14 months
Updated on 19 October 2021
Your sponsor must past a specific character assessment with all relevant police and health checks
Will my relationship qualify for the permanent partner (subclass 801) visa?
You must meet one of the two categories: married or defacto relationship
Your marriage must satisfy the following:
If you are not legally married
When determining a relationship is genuine the department of home affairs (DOHA) and immigration will assess validity via the following categories that must be shown throughout the entire relationship and not just at date of application:
Financial: Proof of joint assets (real-estate or other relevant assets) and joint financial responsibility
Social: Third party knowledge of the relationship can be demonstrated
Household: Recognised shared household responsibilities
Nature of commitment: You can demonstrate lifelong commitment to only each other and to the exclusion of all others
As well as the department requires a statutory declaration by the sponsor that describes your
You paid for this visa when you made your combined application for the temporary and permanent partner visas.
Note: You might have to pay other costs such as those for health checks or police certificates.
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