If you are married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian partner (an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen) and currently in Australia, you can make a partner visa application to live permanently in this country. Onshore Australia partner visa is assessed in two stages namely the provisional partner visa 820 (in the first two years of the relationship) and the permanent partner visa 801 (after two years in the relationship). The partner visa requirements include evidence to prove the relationship has been ongoing, exclusive and genuine and you both are living together and not apart on a permanent basis. Partner visa reference letter can be obtained from family, relatives or friends who can be witness in your partner visa application. We will provide you with the relevant forms for the references.
If you are married, the marriage must be valid under the Australian Law and marriage certificate is a relevant document for submission. De facto partners can make a partner visa application by providing evidence that their relationship has been ongoing for at least the last 12 months before the application is made and the couple are not related by family.
You can include the dependents in your family in the partner visa application. We will provide you with the partner visa fee for all applicants included.
Your sponsor must be your partner in the married or de facto relationship and an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
Limitations on sponsorship of Partner Visa 820 and Partner Visa 801
The limitation applies to the sponsor if he/she has previously sponsored an applicant for partner visa application or prospective marriage visa application, the earlier sponsorship must at least five years ago.
A sponsor who was granted a partner or prospective marriage visa is eligible to sponsor an applicant for a partner or prospective marriage visa only after five years since he/she made his/her own visa application
In total a person is only eligible to make sponsorship of two applicants of partner or prospective marriage visa in a lifetime.
The limitation of sponsorship may be waived only if there exist very compelling circumstances which may include but not limited to situations such as:
- the previous fiancé or partner has died or left the relationship, leaving young children
- a new relationship is formed that is long-standing or involves dependent children of the relationship.