This Visa allows the spouse or de-facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia. This visa can be lodged onshore or offshore and the applicant must be sponsored by their Australian partner.
Partner visa is a two stage (temporary and permanent) visa, and an applicant applies for both visa at the same time and paying only one fee. If eligible, then you will be granted with temporary visa (subclass-309 for offshore applicants/820 for onshore applicants) first which allows you to live and work in Australia. If the relationship is still genuine and ongoing at the end of two years that the applicant will be granted a permanent visa.
- The 2-year waiting period may be waived if you are in a long-term partner relationship before lodging the application
- Permanent visa may be granted despite the partner relationship has ended because the applicant is a victim of family violence provision.