An Australian Partner Visa is for partners or fiancés of Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents or eligible New Zealand Citizens who want to stay and live in Australia with their partner. You can be of the same or opposite sex to your partner and must be over the age of 18 years old. There are 3 types of Partner visas you can apply for: The Australian Prospective Marriage visa is a Temporary visa valid for 9 months. This visa allows fiancés to enter Australia to marry their fiancés. To be eligible for a Prospective Marriage visa you must be engaged to an;
- Australian Citizen, or
- Australian Permanent Resident, or
- An eligible New Zealand Citizen.
All Prospective Marriage visa applicants must be sponsored by their fiancé who must be at least 18 years of age. Prospective Marriage visa must be applied for off-shore and applicants must be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted. Successful applicants of the Australian Prospective Marriage visa are permitted to work, study and travel in and out of Australia during the 9 month period. The time frame for processing of the Prospective Marriage visa is approximately 5 – 12 months but this is assessed on each individual application. Our costs: The ONE derland professional Migration Agent fee for this visa is currently set at $2,000 AUD plus GST. This fee excludes medical examination, visa charge, translation of documents (if required), and other associated charges. Visa application charge: The charges for lodging this application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection are as follows (non-refundable):
|Base application charge:||AUD $3,085|
|Additional Applicant Charge (aged 18 and over):||AUD $1,340|
|Additional Applicant Charge (aged under 18):||AUD $670|
The Australian Partner Temporary visa can be lodged either off-shore or in Australia, but if you lodge the visa off-shore you must be outside of Australia when the Temporary visa is granted or if you lodge the visa in Australia you must be in Australia when the Temporary visa is granted. The Partner (Temporary) visa and the Partner (Permanent) visa is a two stage process. You can apply for both the temporary and permanent visa in the one application at the same time. You are able to stay in Australia until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa, you are able to work and study in Australia if you are granted a Partner Temporary visa and can enrol in Medicare (Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses). The Partner Permanent visa can be lodged either off-shore or in Australia, but if you lodge the visa off-shore you must be outside of Australia when the Permanent visa is grant or if you lodge the visa in Australia you must be in Australia when the Permanent visa is granted. Permanent residence cannot be granted less than 2 years from when you lodge your application. It may be waived if:
- You have been in a relationship with your partner 5 years or more or
- You and your partner have been married or in a defacto relationship for 2 years and have children.
The time frame for processing of the Partner Temporary and Partner Permanent visa is approximately 6 – 8 months but this is assessed on each individual application. Our costs: The ONE derland professional Migration Agent fee for this visa is currently set at $3,000 AUD plus GST. (This fee excludes any medical examination, visa charge, translation of documents (if required), and other associated charge). Visa application charge: The charge for lodging this application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection onshore are as follows:
|Base application charge:||AUD $4,575|
|Additional Applicant Charge (aged 18 and over):||AUD $2,290|
|Additional Applicant Charge (aged under 18):||AUD $1,145|
DE-FACTO RELATIONSHIP AUSTRALIA In order to be in a de-facto relationship, you must be able to demonstrate that you have met and lived together in a 12 month relationship. You need to live in Australia cities such as Perth, Melbourne or Sydney to be eligible for this De-Facto Visa. To be eligible for a Partner visa on the basis of a de-facto relationship at the time you apply, you and your partner:
- Must be aged 18 or over
- Have been in the relationship for at least 12 months before you lodge your Partner visa application
- Lived together for twelve months or more or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis
Evidence/Proof supporting your Australian Partner Visa application There are several documents or evidence needed to support the application of your De-Facto Partner Visa such as joint ownership or joint rental of the house in which you live, joint utilities accounts (electricity, gas, telephone), correspondence addressed to both you and your partner at the same address in Australia, statutory declarations from your partner’s parents, family members, relatives and other friends about their assessment of the nature of your relationship, evidence that you and your partner have declared your relationship to government bodies, commercial or public institutions or authorities, joint membership of organisations or groups, evidence of joint participation in sporting, cultural or social activities, evidence of joint travel, and many more. You must provide as many as documents to prove your 12 months de facto relationship.