There are three pathways through which partners of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents can obtain a visa for Australia. The most suitable visa option will depend on your individual circumstances, including whether the person applying for the visa is inside or outside Australia at the time of application. Migration Ways can help you select the option best suited to your requirements, and formulate a strategy which allows you and your partner to feel secure in the knowledge that the migration process will be as stress-free as possible.
● The Subclass 820/801 Onshore Partner Visa: This visa is available to those who are married to, or in a de facto relationship with, an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen. An applicant for this visa must bein Australia. The initial stage, the subclass 820, requires that you have been in a de facto relationship with your partner for 12 months, be married, or have registered your relationship with a relevant State/Territory authority. Two years from the date of application for the subclass 820 visa, the applicant is invited to submit evidence that the relationship is continuing, to allow DOHA to process the permanent stage, the Subclass 801 visa. An applicant is entitled to Medicare access, work rights, and study rights, upon grant of the temporary 820 visa.
● The Subclass 309/100 Offshore Partner Visa: This visa is available to those who are married to, or in a de facto relationship with, an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or an eligible New Zealand Citizen. This pathway is for applicants who are outside of Australia. An applicant must be outside of Australia when the temporary Subclass 309 visa is granted, after which they can enter Australia, and access Medicare, work rights and study rights. In much the same way as the onshore process outlined above, the applicant will initially be granted a Subclass 309 visa, and will be given the opportunity to obtain the permanent visa, the Subclass100, two years from the date the initial application was submitted.
● Subclass300 (Temporary Residence) - Prospective Marriage Visa: This visa is available to those who are engaged to be married to an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or an eligible New Zealand Citizen. This pathway is for applicants who are outside of Australia. Once granted, the subclass 309 visa allows the holder to enter Australia and marry their Australian partner within a nine-month period. Prior to the end of this nine-month period, applicants can apply for an onshore Subclass 820/801 visa as outlined above. This visa allows holders to access work and study rights.