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Differences Between Onshore and Offshore Australian Partner Visa Application

Differences Between Onshore and Offshore Australian Partner Visa Application

Differences Between Onshore and Offshore Australian Partner Visa Application

Do you know the differences between onshore and offshore Australian Partner Visa?

Not sure whether to apply for your Partner visa on-shore in Australia or off-shore overseas, here are some differences between onshore and offshore Australian Partner Visa that may help you make your decision easier.

Question:  What type of Partner visas are available in Australia?

There are currently 3 different Partner visas available in Australia

Notice that differences between onshore and offshore Australian Partner Visa is outright stated by Australian immigration itself.

Question:  What is a Prospective Marriage (300) visa?

A Prospective Marriage visa is a visa that enables an applicant to temporarily come to Australia, it gives you up to 9 months to live with your partner before the marriage has to take place. This visa must be applied outside Australia, and the applicant must be outside Australia at the time of decision.

Question:  What is a Partner visa?

A Partner visa is a visa that allows partners of legally married couples and de-facto couples of Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and eligible New Zealand Citizens to be able to come to Australia to stay.

Question:  What is an onshore (820/801) Partner visa?

The on-shore Partner visa (820/801) is a two stage process visa, which you have to apply for on-shore in Australia;

The first stage (820) is a temporary visa once granted you will be given 2 years to live in Australia with your Partner.

The second stage (801) is a permanent visa that allows you to stay with your partner in Australia on a permanent basis.

If you apply for an on-shore visa in Australia you must be in Australia when you lodge the application and you must also be in Australia when a decision is made.

If you apply your partner visa onshore while you have a substantive visa in Australia, you will be granted a bridging visa to allow you to stay in Australia while you are waiting for the process of your partner visa application.

The bridging visa will give you permission to work and study in Australia. It won’t allow you to travel outside Australia, however if you need to, you will need to apply for a Bridging visa B – travelling.

2 - Differences between onshore and offshore Australian Partner Visa Application

Question:  What is an off-shore (309/100) Partner visa?

The off-shore Partner visa (309/100) is also a two stage process visa, which you have to apply off-shore in another country other than Australia, once granted you are then able to come to Australia and live with you partner whilst you apply for the Permanent stage of the visa.

The second stage (100) is a permanent visa that allows you to stay with your partner in Australia on a permanent basis.

If you apply for an off-shore visa overseas you must be overseas when you lodge the (309) (provisional) application and you must be overseas when a decision is made.  With the (100) Permanent visa you can be in Australia or Overseas when the visa is granted. There is no bridging visa granted if you apply the visa outside Australia.

Question:  Do we have to have lived together to apply for a Partner visa?

If you are applying for a De-facto Partner visa you will have to have been in a relationship with your partner for at least 12 months prior to applying. 

Question:  How long is the temporary Partner visa valid for?

Generally you will be granted a two year temporary visa leading to a permanent residence visa, as long as the relationship is still genuine and continuing.

Question:  Can I work or study whilst on a temporary Partner visa?

Whilst on a temporary visa you can work and study in Australia.

Question:  Am I entitled to Medical benefits?

You can enroll in Medical Benefits whilst on a temporary Partner visa.

Question: Can I get Government funding whilst studying on a temporary Partner visa?

No, unfortunately on a temporary Partner vi