New policies during the COVID-19：COVID-19 Visa Concessions for Partner and Child visas
According to information released by the Department about their migration program in 2020-2021:
The Partner visa subclass you apply for will be different depending on whether you are insider or outside Australia or intending to marry:
|Subclass 820 & 801 be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when the Department decides your temporary visa application. Family who applies with you must also be in Australia||Subclass 309 & 100 Usually, be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted||Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage visa intend to marry your prospective spouse before the visa period ends and apply for a Partner visa|
Despite appearing straightforward on the surface, applying for a Partner visa is a stringent process, requiring caution all the way through. A small mistake can be very costly.
You require a sponsor for your Partner visa application, who is usually your partner.
In most cases, you must be the spouse or de facto partner of an:
Your relationship can be with someone of the same or different sex.
To be a married applicant:
De facto partners
To be a de facto partner, you must be in a de facto relationship.
Usually your de facto relationship must have existed for at least 12 months immediately before you apply for the visa. Time spent dating or in an online relationship might not count as being in a de facto relationship.
The 12-month requirement will not apply if you can show us compelling and compassionate circumstances exist.
It also will not apply if you:
The key criteria which you need to prove is that you and your Partner satisfy the following:
If you are married, you will need to provide your marriage certificate or other evidence that your marriage is valid in Australia. If you are a de facto partner, provide proof of your de facto relationship.
The Department requires you to provide a statement about:
Show how you and your partner share financial matters. You could provide:
Show how you and your partner share domestic matters. You could provide:
Show evidence that others know about your relationship, such as
Show how you are committed to a long-term relationship with each other. You could provide:
You will also need to provide:
Detailed information is available under ‘gather your documents’ on the Department’s website:
Steps in applying for a Partner visa:
Partner and Prospective Marriage visas requires significant fees to lodge:
There is also a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with you, unless they hold a Dependent Child visa (subclass 445). There is no fee for subclass 445 visa holders.
This does not take into account fees for police and health checks.
As of January 2022, the estimated processing times are:
820 Provisional Partner Visa Processing Time
801 Partner Visa (Permanent)
309 Provisional Partner Visa Processing Time
100 Partner (Migrant) Visa
What if my partner visa is refused?
You will be informed of reasons for the refusal and of your appeal rights to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
What happens after I am granted my Provisional visa?
While you are on your Provisional visa, you can:
Keep documents that you will need to provide when you are assessed for the Permanent visa:
You will need to show that, since you were granted your temporary Partner visa, you and your sponsor have continued to:
You also need to tell the Department if your circumstances change:
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