What is a Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801)?
There are two types of Partner Visas: Subclass 820 and Subclass 801. The Subclass 820 visa is a temporary partner visa that allows you to live in Australia. The Subclass 820 visa is the first stage towards a permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801). You apply for both visas at the same time and pay only one application charge. Applications are processed in two stages, about two years apart.
To be eligible, you must be married to or in a de facto relationship with:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen
How Can I Apply for a Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801)?
Step 1: Prepare Your Documents
You must provide certain documents with your application to prove your claims. Please contact email@example.com for a list of these documents.
Step 2: Lodge Your Application
The Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801) visa may be lodged online, by post, or in person. When you apply, you must have all documents ready as well as the visa application fee, which can be paid by credit card.
Step 3: Wait for a decision
It can take several months for the Immigration department to make a decision on your visa application.
Step 4: Receive your visa and start working
Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start work in Australia
Prospective Marriage Visa
If you are engaged to an Australian citizen or permanent resident, then you may enter Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130) and marry your bethrothed. Persons engaged to eligible New Zealand citizens may also come to Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130). If you enter the country on this fiancé visa, then you must marry within 9 months.
It is important to note that the Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130) is a non- immigrant, temporary visa. That means you are not given Australian permanent resident status. To become a permanent resident, you must marry your Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen partner.
Once you enter Australia and marry your partner, you may apply for a Partner Visa. The Partner Visa is a permanent resident visa.
How to marry in Australia
If you come to Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 130), then you will need to marry your partner within nine months of your arrival. In order to be eligible for a permanent resident partner visa after you are married, your marriage ceremony must be conducted properly according to law and you must register your marriage. The following are steps to officially be married as recognised by the Australian government.
- Have an authorised marriage celebrant conduct your marriage ceremony.
- Register your marriage at the registering authority in the place where you were married.
- Apply for a marriage certificate at the registering authority in the place where you were married.
You must apply for a Partner Visa before your Fiancé Visa expires.
Bring your family to Australia on a dependent family visa. Whether you have a child or spouse living abroad whom you want to join you or you are coming to work or study temporarily in Australia – your family is eligible for a dependent visa.
Children of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens may immigrate to Australia to join their parents. Only children under the age of 25 are eligible. These children may become Australian permanent residents on the Child Visa (Subclass 101).
The parent sponsor must promise to be responsible for the child. He must promise to provide financial support, including accommodation, for at least the first two years of the child’s stay in Australia.
Stepchildren and adopted children are also eligible for a Child Visa (Subclass 101).
Dependent Student Visa
If you are coming to Australia to study, you may bring your dependant family members with you. You can either include them on your original student visa application or you can apply for them to join you after you have started your course in Australia. Spouses, partners and unmarried children under the age of 18 are eligible for dependent visas.
If you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, then you must include all members of your family on your original Form 157A, Application for a student visa.
If you are applying for family members to join you after you have started your course, then you must submit the following documents:
- Form 919, Nomination of student dependants;
- Form 157A, Application for a student visa;
- A letter from one your teachers stating:
- The course you are studying,
- The length of the course and your expected completion date, and
- If you are satisfying all the course requirements;
- Evidence that you can financially support your dependent family members;
- Evidence of family ties such as marriage certificate or birth certificate;
- Evidence of school enrolment of school-aged children; and
- Evidence of health insurance for dependants.
Dependent Work Visa
If you are coming to Australia on a worker visa, your dependent family members are eligible to join you on dependent visas.
If you are coming to Australia on temporary worker visa, only your spouse or partner and any unmarried children under the age of 18 are eligible for dependent family visas.
If you are coming to Australia on a migrant worker or business visa, any dependent family members are eligible to join you including:
- Spouse or Partner;
- Any children under the age of 25;
- Aged dependent relatives such as parents or grandparents