Document Checklist For Australian Spouse Visa
Document Checklist For Australian Spouse Visa 2021
Are you a spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident? Or maybe you are a spouse of a New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia? Have a plan to move to Australia and live with your partner there?
If you do, you can apply for an Australian Partner Visa!
Before applying for the partner/spouse visa, you need to make sure that you have completed all the documents needed.
In this article, we will discuss further about Australian Partner Visa application along with the documents that you and your partner need to provide.
Let’s go to the list!
All You Need to Know about Partner Visa Application
Australian Partner Visa application can be done when you are in or outside Australia. You need to apply for a different Partner Visa subclass if you are in or outside Australia.
- If you are in Australia, you can apply for a Partner (subclass 820) Visa for temporary stay, then apply for a Partner (subclass 801) Visa for permanent stay in Australia.
- If you are outside Australia, you can apply for a Partner (subclass 309) Visa for temporary stay, then apply for a Partner (subclass 100) Visa for permanent stay in Australia.
Processing Time and Fee for Partner Visa Application
It might take around 17-23 months to process a Partner Visa application for an offshore application and 23-27 months for an onshore application. The fee for Partner Visa application is AUD7,715 for the main applicant. The fee might increase every July as this is the Australian Financial Year.
First Thing First – Check Your Eligibility For Partner Visa
Before moving to the document checklist, the first thing that you must do is checking your eligibility for Australian Partner Visa.
To be eligible for an Australian Partner Visa application, you must meet these critical criteria:
- Be married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen;
- If you are in a de facto relationship, you and your partner must have been living together for at least 12 months or be sure that you have registered your relationship under the state law;
- Be sponsored by your partner;
- Under legal age for a marriage or de facto relationship (18 years old or older).
To support your eligibility, you and your partner must provide evidence which is shown in documentation. So, what documents do you need to prove your eligibility?
You will need to provide documentation to support your visa application. It will be in your best interest to provide as much information as possible to immigration with your application.
Please be sure to provide certified copies of your personal documents. Your personal documents must be certified to prove that your personal documents are genuine and do not ever ever submit a false or bogus document for your visa application.
It can be certified by a person or agency recognized by the laws of your home country. If you are outside Australia, the State Public Notary and the local People’s Committees are authorized to certify copies of original documents as appropriate.
If immigration requires the original documents they will ask you for them, so leave them out until needed.
Also, be sure to provide accredited English translations as well for documents which are not in English. If you apply online, you may send in your scanned certified copies, which will be attached to your application through your ImmiAccount.
Refers to image below as an example of certified copy of personal document:
There are 5 main categories of partner visa checklist that you must prepare in order to minimise partner visa refusal. They are as follows:
- Document Checklist for Applicant;
- Document Checklist for Sponsor;
- Document Checklist for Supporting Genuine & Continuing Relationship;
- Document Checklist for Health and Character Documentation;
- Document Checklist for Additional Information.
1. Document Checklist for Applicant
a. Forms Applicant must fill in:
- Form 47SP – this form is called Application for Migration to Australia by a Partner. This form should be filled in by the Applicant.
- Form 80 – this form is called Character Declaration. This form should be filled in by the Applicant.
- Form 956 – this form is called Advice by a Migration Agent/Exempt Person. This form should be filled in if you receive assistance from a migration agent.
b. Required Personal Documents:
- Certified copy of the biographical pages of current passport (consist of your photograph and personal information);
- Recent passport-sized photographs;
- Certificate confirming single status – if you are not married with your partner;
- Certified copy of name change certificate – if you had ever change your name;
- Certified copy of your military service record – if you has served in the armed forces of any country;
- Certified copy of birth certificate;
- Certified copy of fami