All you need to know about Partner Visa in Australia

A partner visa allows a spouse or a partner of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or an eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia. There are two classes under which the partner visa is divided namely, subclasses 820 and 801. The subclass 820 refers to a temporary partner visa which is what one is granted first upon applying for a partner visa. In the mean time, the process for giving a permanent partner visa under subclass 801 is done.

Eligibility for partner visa:

  • You must be spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • There are some relationship criteria to be met. You must be spouse or de facto partner. An important point to note here is that the visa doesn’t get cancelled if the relationship breaks after lodging an application.
  • The applicant must be 18 years of age or older as this is the required age by the Australia law for marriage
  • Your partner must be your sponsor except in the case that partner is under 18 years of age
  • There are health and character requirement also to be met
  • Applicant might be refused for partner visa if in past he or she was denied a visa or their visa got cancelled
  • There must be no outstanding debts towards Australian government from you. Before applying make sure to arrange for their repayment if any.

Cost for partner visa:

The charges start from AUD 6865. If you are a holder of Prospective marriage visa then the charges are AUD 1145. You have to pay only one fee which is to be paid at the time of applying for partner visa. This fee shall cover both the permanent and the temporary visa.

If you are planning to bring any additional family members say, children, then there is extra fee for the same.  The family member has to a dependant one and thus can be children or step children

Also the cost may further get increased if you are required to get checkups and verifications like health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

The length Visa:

The temporary visa lasts from the date it was granted until the time a decision is made on your permanent visa. The permanent visa lasts indefinitely and it starts from the date the visa was granted.

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