PARTNER / SPOUSE / FIANCE VISAS
Partner and Spouse visas may be available to you if you are in a de-facto relationship, married or engaged to:
- AN AUSTRALIAN PERMANENT RESIDENT
- AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN OR
- AN ELIGIBLE NEW ZEALAND CITIZEN
The critical issue for all Partner visas is the assessment by the Department of Immigration as to the “genuineness” of the relationship. The Department will take into consideration financial and social aspects, the nature of your household and your commitment to each other.
Australian Partner visa applications are usually in two stages, the first of which is the issuing of a temporary visa. After two years from the date of application, further evidence must be submitted, showing that the relationship is on going and genuine. If all requirements are satisfied, a permanent visa will be issued.
The Fiancé or Prospective Marriage visa is for people wanting to come to Australia and marry their Australian partner. Marriage must take place within 9 months of arrival. A Partner visa can then be applied for from Australia.
Depending on how long you have been in your relationship, some applicants may be eligible immediately for permanent residency. Permanent residency will let you stay in Australia with the entitlement to work, study, and access Medicare (government subsidised healthcare) benefits, sponsor eligible relatives for visas as well as applying for Australian citizenship.
Partner visa applications have restrictions regarding your location at the time of lodgement and the time of decision. This, along with long processing times makes it extremely important to strategically plan the process so you may begin living and working in Australia at the earliest possible time.
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