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Why My Australian Partner Visa Refused or Denied

Why My Australian Partner Visa Refused or Denied

Are your partner visa refused recently? Do you want to know why?

Are you wondering why your Australian partner visa refused after you applied? I know it can be devastating to receive a refused visa from Immigration, when your spouse or partner is waiting in Australia to be with you and this decision affects your life together.

So I thought it best to cover the most common reasons of why your Australian partner visa refused. Which explained in the next video or you can read it on the text below:

Australian Partner Visa Refusal


Reason #1: Your partner visa refused because your relationship is not genuine in the eyes of immigration

The number one reason for a partner visa refused is that the relationship is not genuine in the eyes of immigration. For example, you didn’t have any pictures together, no joint bank accounts, no records of text messages or phone calls, you didn’t travel together or the sponsor never even came to see you in your home country.

You cannot give details of the relationship, or the details do not match up.

All are definite reasons for a refused visa. Your relationship must be genuine and you must have evidence to back it up. As well as, if you have a fake relationship, say you want to stay in Australia and hire someone to be your sponsor, Immigration will find out and you will receive a denied visa.

Reason #2: Failed to respond to the requests of the embassy or Immigration case officer

You have failed to respond to the requests of the Embassy or Immigration case officer, regarding additional documentation or information, or you did not complete your medical examination to continue the assessment of your partner visa application.

This would mean you did not provide enough documentation and your visa was refused based on this.

Reason #3: Failed during the Interview process

If the applicant is not aware of their partner’s birthday, how the relationship was established and developed, couldn’t remember any important dates about their relationship, didn’t know each other’s sibling or parents’ details or even how they met in Australia, the application might get refused if they fail to answer vital questions during the interview.

If the applicant during the phone interview with the case officer from Immigration, cannot explain anything about their partner or spouse or their answers differ from the sponsor’s and they could not address any questions asked by Immigration.

This would lead them to assume the applicant and sponsor are not in a genuine relationship, as they do not even know each other.

Reason #4: Your partner visa refused because of fraudulent or bogus document/information

If you give Immigration a fraudulent or bogus document/information, this may result to qualify you for the public interest criteria PIC4020.

An example of this would be, when you try to create a fake divorce certificate from your previous relationship, fake marriage certificate from your country, or fake documents to show the evidence of your relationship and thought that Immigration might not notice or verify it – you would be completely wrong, because every bit of information you provide, and all documents you submit will go through their integrity check.

Then they will use their means and facility to verify each document you submitted, and if the details or data you provided were found to be different than what they found, expect a denied visa, although you may be asked to provide comments by the case officer within the prescribed period of time.

Reason #5: Failed to meet the Health requirements

The applicant did not meet the health requirements needed for the partner visa. All applicants for an Australian partner visa must meet certain health requirements for temporary entry to Australia.

These medical examinations and x-rays are conducted by specific panel doctors chosen by Immigration. If you do not do a health examination or do not meet the requirements for the exam, this could be the reason your visa was refused.

The level of health exam you must undergo depends entirely on these factors: the activities you plan on doing while in Australia, your intended length of stay in Australia and your country of residence prior to entering Australia.

Reason #6: Failed to meet the Character requirements

You may have been refused if you as the applicant do not pass the character requirements for the visa.

  • You may not pass the character test if:
  • You have a substantial criminal record,
  • You have been associated with people or groups that Immigration suspects of being involved in criminal activities,
  • Your prior or current criminal or general conduct is of concern to Immigration, or Immigration is concerned that while you are in Australia, there is a high risk that you may: be involved in criminal conduct, harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person, vilify part of the Australian community, incite discord in the Australian community, or represent a danger to the Australian community.

Reason #7: You have section 48 Bar and schedule 3 criteria imposed in your visa status

Have you overstayed your Australian visa, had your visa cancelled or refused and now you want to apply for a partner visa onshore? You may be able to apply, but in order to do so you would need to go over the Section 48 bar and the schedule 3 criteria.

These are the regulations that will apply to whether or not you can have a successful onshore partner visa application (or other substantive visas) after you’ve overstayed an Australian visa or been refused/cancelled in the past. If you fail to get the Section 48 waived or meet the schedule 3 Criteria, then your partner visa application will be refused.

Please note that these are not the only reasons that your partner visa can be refused, they are just the most common reasons of refusal, based on previous experience and information.


These are 7 most common reasons for partner visa refusal that most people aren’t aware of. Submitting a partner visa application without proper preparations will cost you money and a chance to reunite in Australia. This is why the Australian border and immigration department (DIBP) recommend seeking professional help before submitting a partner visa application.

ONEderland Consulting had more than 9 years experiences handling various case of partner visa whether for partner visa application or partner visa refusal appeals. We are recognised as one of the highest-rated partner visa experts in Perth with 4.9 out of 5 stars average rating from 200+ reviews across the Google and Facebook.

Still unsure about your or your partner eligibility for obtaining a partner visa? We are here to help you. Simply contact us on 1300 827 159 or email at [email protected] to get started.

Published On: September 2nd, 2016 / Categories: Partner Visa_en, Visa Refusal /

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