Frequently Asked Questions About Australian Partner Visa Sponsorship
Are you planning to apply for a partner visa application? Do you have some questions in mind? Your questions might be in one of below list. As a registered migration agent, there are many frequently asked questions that we’ve got, when it comes to Australian Partner Visa sponsorship. This is the reason why we have written these Australian Partner Visa sponsorship FAQ for you.
1. Am I Eligible To Be A Sponsor?
To be an eligible sponsor you must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
You must also be 18 years of age or older.
2. Can I Sponsor Someone If I Have Already Sponsored Someone In The Past?
If you have previously sponsored an applicant under a partner or prospective marriage visa, you can only sponsor again if a time frame of 5 years has passed since the first sponsorship application was lodged.
A sponsor can only sponsor 2 applicants in total.
This means if you are wanting to sponsor a third partner, you cannot. However, in some circumstances, the 5 year period may be waived, usually only if the previous partner has passed away, or the applicant has left the relationship, leaving young children behind.
The 2 applicants in the total rule may be waived, where there is long term relationship and compelling reasons.
3. What Happens If My Partner And I Break Up?
Where an applicant and sponsor’s relationship has broken down, you need to notify the Department that you are no longer in a relationship with your partner. As an applicant, usually, you will have 28 days to comment and provide additional information as to why your visa should be granted.
The reasons may be that your partner has died or you suffered family violence or you and your partner have shared custody of a child etc. If you are the sponsor and would like to no longer want to sponsor your partner, you need to write the letter to the Department stating that you don’t want to sponsor your partner and would like to withdraw the application.
4. I am Still Married To My Ex-Partner, But We Have Been Separated For A Long Time, Can I Sponsor My New Partner?
A sponsor and applicant must not be married to another person when applying for a Prospective Marriage or Partner visa.
In the case where the sponsor or applicant are still going through divorce proceedings at the time of application, court documents that state the divorce proceeding is ongoing must be provided.
Should you apply for the visa and fail to provide these documents, the application will be considered by the department as invalid and the visa will not be granted.
5. I’m Holding A Temporary Visa, Am I Eligible To Sponsor My Partner?
Only Permanent residents, Australian Citizens and Eligible New Zealand citizens are able to sponsor someone on the partner visa.
6. I Have A Criminal Record, Can I Still Sponsor My Partner?
You may still sponsor your partner even you have a criminal record. However, it depends on the severity of the offence committed and the length of jail time. You will need to provide police clearance as well in regards to this criminal record.
7. My Partner Has A Child From A Previous Marriage, Can I Sponsor Them Both Or Only My Partner?
You can sponsor both your partner and your partner’s child as long as that child is a dependent of the applicant.
A dependent child must be your partner’s child or a stepchild from a current or a previous relationship. He/she is under 18 years of age and wholly or substantially reliant on the applicant for their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.
8. I Don’t Live In Australia, But I Am An Australian Citizen, Can I Sponsor My Partner?
You must be living or have the intention to live in Australia with your partner when applying for a Partner visa.
You cannot sponsor your partner if you will not be with them in Australia.
You must have a permanent address in Australia and you must be able to show that you and your partner will be living together.
9. We Have Children Together, They Are Australian Citizens, Do I Need To Sponsor Them Also?
If your children are Australian citizens they do not need to be sponsored and should travel to Australia on an Australian passport. However, you should declare all of your children on your application as your family unit.
10. Can I Sponsor My Partner If They Are The Same Sex?
Yes, a same-sex couple is now able to have the same rights as any other couples when it comes to Australian Visa applications, following the legislation of same-sex marriages on the 9th of December 2017 in Australia.
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