309 VISA

Temporary Partner Visa
Subclass 309

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MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019

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Temporary Partner Visa Subclass 309 Brief Overview

The Partner visa (subclass 309) is the first step towards getting permanent residency through a partner visa pathway.

This visa allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia temporarily until the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) is decided.

Before you apply for this visa, you have to meet the minimum requirements for this visa.

Partner Visa (subclass 309) Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age or more when you apply for this visa.
  • You must be in a de facto relationship or married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • For couples who are in a de facto relationship, the relationship must have existed for at least 12 months immediately before you apply for the visa.
  • The 12-month requirement will not apply if you have registered your relationship with an Australian authority such as a registry of births, deaths and marriages
  • Your partner is your sponsor.
  • Meet health and character requirements.

Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 309) Application Process

When you apply for a partner visa (subclass 309), you must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is granted.

Once your visa is granted, you can enter Australia to stay temporarily with your partner until the permanent partner visa application is granted.

These visa holders would be eligible to submit their second stage partner visa application (subclass 100) after 2 years after the date of the temporary partner visa has been submitted.

You will need to provide further documents for the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

Temporary Partner Visa Subclass 309 Processing Time

The processing time for a Partner visa (subclass 309) is around 17 months to 20 months, but it might take a longer time to process if you don’t fill it correctly or you don’t include all the documents that are required, that’s why it’s important to know what is required before you apply for this visa.

Temporary Partner Visa Subclass 309 Cost

The Partner visa (subclass 309) charge is AUD 7,715 for the main applicant. This fee covers the temporary visa and the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 100). There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

What You Can Do As A 309 Visa Holder

  • Once your visa is granted, there are some benefits that you can get when you have this visa, such as:
  • Stay in Australia until your permanent partner visa (subclass 100) is granted.
  • Work and study in Australia.
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want.
  • Enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Mrs. Indah Answers

ONEderland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent with MARN 0961 448 is here to answer your questions!

  1. When my temporary partner visa application is granted, can I directly fly to Australia?
    • Sure you can. And you can start living in Australia, apply for Medicare, study, and work.
    • But please kindly recheck the condition in your grant notification letter.
  2. Is there any sponsorship limitation?
    • Yes, it is. The sponsor can only sponsor a maximum of 2 partners during their lifetime.
    • If the sponsor has previously sponsored another partner, they need to wait at least 5 years since the date of their first visa lodgement.
    • If your partner was granted the partner visa by themselves, they would need to wait at least 5 years since they lodged their previous visa.
  3. What would happen if my sponsor died during my visa application process? Does that mean my visa got cancelled?
    • If your sponsor dies during the visa process, you may still be granted your visa.
    • Before that, you need to inform the Department regarding this information. You need to provide evidence which shows your relationship will continue if your partner is still alive and you have developed close business, cultural or personal ties in Australia.
  4. What if my relationship has ended? What should I do with the application?
    • 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.
    • 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.
  5. I got my partner visa refused, what should I do and will I get the refund from it?
    • There are many reasons causing a refusal but the most common one is insufficient documents.
    • If it is refused, unfortunately there’s no refund. You need to decide whether to appeal, or to apply again. When you appeal it, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) will review your partner visa application again.
  6. How much it will cost me to apply?
    • The visa fee for the main applicant is AUD 7,715. The fee for additional applicant over 18 years old is AUD 3,860 while the additional applicant under 18 years old is AUD 1,935.
  7. Can I apply this visa inside Australia?
    • Unfortunately, no. This 309 visa is designed to apply from outside Australia. Therefore, you would need to be offshore when you apply and when the Department gives you the decision.
    • If you would like to apply for onshore, you may consider to apply the visa subclass 820.
  8. Can I include my family members?
    • Yes, you can. Your family members would need to meet the character and health requirements as well.
  9. How long is the processing time for this visa?
    • For the stage 1, which is the visa subclass 309, it may take between 17-20 months, while the permanent stage (subclass 100) can take between 17-23 months.
    • It depends on each person’s circumstances. If you don’t fill the information correctly, the processing time might be longer.

309 VISA

Five Steps Process

01

Check your eligibility for the visa

There are many requirements for this visa but the crucial point is that your partner must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

This visa is based either on a marriage or a de-facto relationship. Do not forget as this is an offshore visa, then you must be outside Australia when you lodged it and when the decision is made.

02

Apply for the visa

After you meet all the requirements, you can then apply for the visa.

Please make sure to prepare the documents completely, not only that, you have to provide genuine and detailed information about the circumstances between you and your partner.

A fault from your information or documents may result in a visa refusal. After you submit the application, you are welcomed to upload all the required documents that you have prepared.

03

Your Visa Subclass 309 is granted

The time frame of Partner visa subclass 309 is 17 months to 20 months, however, some applications may take less or longer than that duration of time.

So, just be assured that you provide genuine information and complete documents into your application.

When your Partner visa subclass 309 is granted, this is a temporary visa, you can stay legally in Australia until the department notify your eligibility to apply for a permanent visa subclass 100.

04

Apply your permanent partner visa subclass 100

After 2 years since the grant of your visa subclass 309, you will be eligible to apply for the subclass 100 and should apply for it online.

‘Please make sure you provide the accurate information and updated documents for your application

05

Your Permanent Partner Visa Subclass 100 is Granted

Once it is granted, you directly become an Australian Permanent Resident.

When you are a permanent resident of Australia, you can live indefinitely in Australia with some other benefits such as work, study, sponsor your relatives to come to Australia, and if eligible, you can apply for Australian citizenship.

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Contact us through the form below to take the first step of bringing your partner to Australia.

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    309 VISA

    Temporary Partner Visa
    Subclass 309

    Temporary Partner Visa Subclass 309 Brief Overview

    The Partner visa (subclass 309) is the first step towards getting permanent residency through a partner visa pathway.

    This visa allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia temporarily until the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) is decided.

    Before you apply for this visa, you have to meet the minimum requirements for this visa.

    Photo Bu Indah

    WRITTEN BY
    INDAH MELINDASARI, B.Com

    MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019

    SHARE THIS INFORMATION

    Partner Visa (subclass 309) Requirements:

    • You must be at least 18 years of age or more when you apply for this visa.
    • You must be in a de facto relationship or married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • For couples who are in a de facto relationship, the relationship must have existed for at least 12 months immediately before you apply for the visa.
    • The 12-month requirement will not apply if you have registered your relationship with an Australian authority such as a registry of births, deaths and marriages
    • Your partner is your sponsor.
    • Meet health and character requirements.

    Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 309) Application Process

    When you apply for a partner visa (subclass 309), you must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is granted.

    Once your visa is granted, you can enter Australia to stay temporarily with your partner until the permanent partner visa application is granted.

    These visa holders would be eligible to submit their second stage partner visa application (subclass 100) after 2 years after the date of the temporary partner visa has been submitted.

    You will need to provide further documents for the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

    Temporary Partner Visa Subclass 309 Processing Time

    The processing time for a Partner visa (subclass 309) is around 17 months to 20 months, but it might take a longer time to process if you don’t fill it correctly or you don’t include all the documents that are required, that’s why it’s important to know what is required before you apply for this visa.

    Temporary Partner Visa Subclass 309 Cost

    The Partner visa (subclass 309) charge is AUD 7,715 for the main applicant. This fee covers the temporary visa and the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 100). There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

    What You Can Do As A 309 Visa Holder

    • Once your visa is granted, there are some benefits that you can get when you have this visa, such as:
    • Stay in Australia until your permanent partner visa (subclass 100) is granted.
    • Work and study in Australia.
    • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want.
    • Enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Photo Bu Indah

    Mrs. Indah Answers

    ONEderland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent with MARN 0961 448 is here to answer your questions!

    1. When my temporary partner visa application is granted, can I directly fly to Australia?
      • Sure you can. And you can start living in Australia, apply for Medicare, study, and work.
      • But please kindly recheck the condition in your grant notification letter.
    2. Is there any sponsorship limitation?
      • Yes, it is. The sponsor can only sponsor a maximum of 2 partners during their lifetime.
      • If the sponsor has previously sponsored another partner, they need to wait at least 5 years since the date of their first visa lodgement.
      • If your partner was granted the partner visa by themselves, they would need to wait at least 5 years since they lodged their previous visa.
    3. What would happen if my sponsor died during my visa application process? Does that mean my visa got cancelled?
      • If your sponsor dies during the visa process, you may still be granted your visa.
      • Before that, you need to inform the Department regarding this information. You need to provide evidence which shows your relationship will continue if your partner is still alive and you have developed close business, cultural or personal ties in Australia.
    4. What if my relationship has ended? What should I do with the application?
      • 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.
      • 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.
    5. I got my partner visa refused, what should I do and will I get the refund from it?
      • There are many reasons causing a refusal but the most common one is insufficient documents.
      • If it is refused, unfortunately there’s no refund. You need to decide whether to appeal, or to apply again. When you appeal it, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) will review your partner visa application again.
    6. How much it will cost me to apply?
      • The visa fee for the main applicant is AUD 7,715. The fee for additional applicant over 18 years old is AUD 3,860 while the additional applicant under 18 years old is AUD 1,935.
    7. Can I apply this visa inside Australia?
      • Unfortunately, no. This 309 visa is designed to apply from outside Australia. Therefore, you would need to be offshore when you apply and when the Department gives you the decision.
      • If you would like to apply for onshore, you may consider to apply the visa subclass 820.
    8. Can I include my family members?
      • Yes, you can. Your family members would need to meet the character and health requirements as well.
    9. How long is the processing time for this visa?
      • For the stage 1, which is the visa subclass 309, it may take between 17-25 months, while the permanent stage (subclass 100) can take between 17-23 months.
      • It depends on each person’s circumstances. If you don’t fill the information correctly, the processing time might be longer.

    309 VISA

    Five Steps Process

    01

    Check your eligibility for the visa

    There are many requirements for this visa but the crucial point is that your partner must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

    This visa is based either on a marriage or a de-facto relationship. Do not forget as this is an offshore visa, then you must be outside Australia when you lodged it and when the decision is made.

    02

    Apply for the visa

    After you meet all the requirements, you can then apply for the visa.

    Please make sure to prepare the documents completely, not only that, you have to provide genuine and detailed information about the circumstances between you and your partner.

    A fault from your information or documents may result in a visa refusal. After you submit the application, you are welcomed to upload all the required documents that you have prepared.

    03

    Your Visa Subclass 309 is granted

    The time frame of Partner visa subclass 309 is 16 months to 22 months, however, some applications may take less or longer than that duration of time.

    So, just be assured that you provide genuine information and complete documents into your application.

    When your Partner visa subclass 309 is granted, this is a temporary visa, you can stay legally in Australia until the department notify your eligibility to apply for a permanent visa subclass 100.

    04

    Apply your permanent partner visa subclass 100

    After 2 years since the grant of your visa subclass 309, you will be eligible to apply for the subclass 100 and should apply for it online.

    ‘Please make sure you provide the accurate information and updated documents for your application

    05

    Your Permanent Partner Visa Subclass 100 is Granted

    Once it is granted, you directly become an Australian Permanent Resident.

    When you are a permanent resident of Australia, you can live indefinitely in Australia with some other benefits such as work, study, sponsor your relatives to come to Australia, and if eligible, you can apply for Australian citizenship.

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    Let Us Help You With Your Subclass 309 Partner Visa Application

    We’ve helped couples around the world, providing high quality document work for their partner visa application.

    Never put your precious relationship at risk. Let ONEderland Consulting, the best Partner Visa visa expert in Perth handle your case.

    Contact us through the form below to take the first step of bringing your partner to Australia.

      Your Name

      E-mail Address

      Phone Number

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