You may be eligible for a partner visa if you are engaged, married to, or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealander. This includes same-sex couples.
A temporary visa for family members of New Zealand citizens. You can live and work in Australia for up to 5 years on this visa type.
An onshore Australian partner visa that allows you to remain in the country during processing.
Offshore partner visa. Find out if you're eligible for a temporary partner visa (309) and then permanent residency (100).
A nine-month temporary visa enabling you to travel to Australia and marry your Australian partner.
Add a partner or dependent to your existing or pending visa
Partner visas are closely scrutinised by the Department of Home Affairs. A successful application depends on the quality and quantity of evidence of your genuine and ongoing relationship.
You need to show that you live life as a couple. You can do this by demonstrating financial commitments, a shared household and social recognition.
If you are living in Australia, certain States allow you to officially register your relationship. This is crucial if you have not lived together for 12 months when you lodge your application.
Many partner visa applications are a two-part process. You apply for a temporary visa first and two years after lodging that, you provide further information to prove you are still in a committed relationship.
If you meet the requirements, you are then granted permanent residency. Long term couples can bypass the temporary stage. For example, if you have lived together for three years, or two years and have a child together.
Once your partner visa is granted, you have full work rights. You can live anywhere in Australia.
If your partner visa is lodged whilst you are in Australia (this option is available to married and de facto couples), you may go onto a bridging visa that will allow you work during the processing time.
Our partner visa blog is a useful resource for anyone at the research stage.
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