AustraliaJune 17, 2022by Prominent Overseas CareerAll You Need to Know About Australia Partner Visas in 2022!

The Australian spouse visa application process is complicated and time-consuming. Before applying for a spouse visa, you must gather evidence for all required documents and meet certain eligibility criteria. All You Need to Know About Australia Partner Visas in 2022!

The blog contains all pertinent information about the application process as well as the financial requirements. Read on.

What are Temporary and Permanent Partner Visas in Australia?

An Australian partner visa is another name for an Australian spouse visa. The primary applicant, i.e. the Australian spouse, must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen.

An Australia spouse visa allows you to bring your spouse (husband or wife) or de facto partner (fiance, in a committed relationship) to Australia.


Eligibility Requirements for an Australian Spouse Visa
  • The main requirement for obtaining a Spouse Visa Australia is that the relationship be long-term and genuine.
  • You and your spouse share a permanent residence.
  • You must have been married for the previous 12 months.
  • You must both meet health and character requirements.
How long does it take to obtain an Australian Spouse Visa?
Visa Type Processing time of 75% applications Processing time of 90% applications
309- Provisional Visa 11 months 15 months
100- Permanent Visa 20 months 23 months
 How much does an Australian Spouse Visa cost?
 Fees for a spouse visa to Australia from India are approximately INR 4,20,857.
Visa Type Details
Spouse or De-facto Visa Application

(Application lodged outside of Australia – SC 309/100)

Visa Application fee of main applicant – $7,715

Child accompanying over 18 years – $3,860 each

Child accompanying below 18 years – $1,935 each

Prospective Spouse Application

(Lodged Outside Australia-Sc300)

Visa Application fee of main applicant – $7,715

Child accompanying over 18 years – $3,860 each

Child accompanying below 18 years – $1,935 each

Spouse Or De Facto Visa application

(Lodged Inside Australia-Sc820/801)

Visa Application fee of main applicant – $7,715

Child accompanying over 18 years – $3,860 each

Child accompanying below 18 years – $1,935 each

Eligible New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Application (Sc461) Visa Application fee of main applicant – $365

Child accompanying over 18 years – $185 each

Child accompanying below 18 years – $90 each

Medical Examination Approximately $350 per adult and $300 per child
Police Checks The fee for this depends on the police authorities in your country.
Transition of Documents This is considered if you have concerned any person for translating your documents or certificates.
How to Apply for a Spouse Visa in India?
 Step 1: Prepare your documents.

You must be prepared to obtain any document that will help your immigration or visa process.

Step 2: Submit an application for an Australian partner visa.

 You must submit an online partner visa application. You must pay the fees and keep the receipt once you have submitted the partner visa application.

Step 3: Obtain the DHA’s decision.

 The DHA takes several months to make a decision on your partner visa application after you submit it.

Step 4: Wait for approval.

Once you have received DHA approval, you can receive your visa and begin your journey.

Note : It is important to note that obtaining a spouse visa can take a year or more. As a result, it is best to begin your application process as soon as possible.9

Contact our visa officer, who will provide you with a detailed breakdown of how to begin your Australia spouse visa application.

What types of Australia Spouse or Partner Visas are there?

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1. Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 309)
 Type of visa: Temporary visa
  • The Subclass 100 visa can be used to obtain Permanent Residency.
  • After a year of application, a visa may be granted.
Who is it intended for?
  • You and your sponsor are married or in a de facto relationship.
  • You are submitting your application from outside of Australia.
  • Your Australian sponsor must be either a citizen of Australia or a permanent resident of New Zealand.
2. Visa for a Permanent Partner (Subclass 100)
Type of visa: Permanent visa

You can apply for this visa at least two years after receiving your Subclass 309 temporary visa.

Who is it intended for?
  • You have a temporary Subclass 309 visa.
  • You are still involved with your Australian Sponsor.
  • You’ve been in Australia with your partner for more than two years.
3. Partner visa (temporary) (Subclass 820)
Type of visa: Temporary visa

The Subclass 801 visa can be converted to Permanent Residency.

Who is it intended for?
  • Those who are married to or have a de facto relationship with your sponsor.
  • You apply for this visa while residing in Australia.

Your Australian sponsor is either a citizen of Australia or a permanent resident of New Zealand.

4. Visa for a Permanent Partner (Subclass 801)
 Type of visa: Permanent visa

You can apply for this visa at least two years after receiving your Subclass 820 temporary Partner visa.

Who is it intended for?
  • You have a temporary visa of Subclass 820.
  • You are still involved with your Australian Sponsor.
  • You’ve been in Australia with your partner for more than two years.
5. Fiancé visa or Prospective Marriage visa (Subclass 300)


Type of visa: Non-immigrant temporary visa
  • You have a visa that allows you to stay in Australia for nine months.
  • In Australia, you can marry your partner.
  • You can then apply for a Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 820).
Who is it intended for?
  • If you are engaged to an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or New Zealand citizen.
  • You must have lived together for 12 months if you are in a de facto relationship.
  • You intend to marry your partner within nine months of moving to Australia.
6. Visa for Dependent Child (subclass 445)

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Type of visa: Temporary visa

 After this visa has been granted, you can add the dependent child to the subclass 100 or subclass 801 permanent partner visa application.

Who is it intended for?
  • If you have a child, stepchild, or adopted child under the age of 25.
  • You must be able to provide the child with both a place to stay and financial support for at least 2years upon arrival in Australia.

Note: Choosing the correct visa type is critical because it directly affects whether your visa is approved or denied. Before you begin the visa application process, make sure to consider all aspects of your profile and that of your spouse.

Our Australia spouse visa experts can provide you with the best advice and a free evaluation today!

What are the Most Common Exemptions for a Permanent Partner Visa?

You do not need to spend two years in Australia with your partner to transition from temporary to permanent partner visa status if:

  • You have 5 years or more of evidence of a relationship or marriage with your Australian partner.
  • You have children from your marriage or relationship. Your relationship must have lasted at least two years.
  • You and your spouse had a documented relationship before they obtained a protection visa or a permanent visa.
What Documents Should I Bring to Prove My Identity and Marital Status?
For Finances Joint mortgage or lease documents

Joint loan documents for major assets like homes, cars, or major appliances

Joint bank account statements

Household bills in both names

For Your Household An email about how you share housework

Household bills in both names

Mail or emails addressed to you both

For Social Matters Invitation to prospective marriage, parties, etc.

Images of togetherness with common friends

Marriage Certificate

Proof you do joint sporting, cultural, or social activities together.

Proof you travel together.

To Prove Commitment Proof you have knowledge of each other’s background, family situation.

Proof you have combined your personal matters.

To prove De facto Commitment Evidence of marriage and event photos or videos

Evidence of contact (eg: emails, letters. Messages, call history,etc)

Birth certificates for any children you share

Proof of Joint ownership or finances shared (eg: joint rental agreement, joint bank accounts, joint credit cards, bills and lease agreements)

Written statements by spouse explaining your relationship history

Social evidence of your relationship (eg: invitation sent to you by relatives and friends)

 As proof of identity and marital status, the following documents are required:

Not sure what documents to gather as evidence for your Australian spouse visa? We can help!

Other Important Frequently Asked Questions


What exactly is a De Facto Partner?

 Your partner is a de facto partner if and only if the following conditions are met:

  • You are not legally married to one another.
  • You have a genuine relationship with the intention of continuing it.
  • You are both committed to sharing your lives.
  • You two share a residence.
  • Families do not understand you both.
  • The partner can be of the same or opposite gender.
  • Before applying for the visa, you must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.
What are the various types of Permanent Spouse Visas in Australia?
Visa Type  Basis to Apply
Provisional Partner Visa Applicants must be outside Australia while applying.
Work Visa for Spouse For the temporary Visa: you need to be outside Australia while applying

For the Permanent Visa: You need to be inside Australia while applying

Student Visa for Spouse Australian Partner visas seekers can either be in or outside Australia. Depending on which Visa they are applying for: Temporary or Permanent Visa
Who does not qualify for a Spouse visa?
  • Polygamous Relationships.
  • Marriages within a Relationship Degree Prohibited.
  • Siblings can be parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren.
  • Marriages between minors
What are the advantages of getting a Spouse Dependent Visa?

 You can obtain many benefits by obtaining the Spouse Dependent Visa, including:

  • You will be able to apply for citizenship in Australia.
  • You will be eligible for social security benefits.
  • You can enter and exit Australia (for 5 years).
What are the requirements for applying for a Dependent Child Visa?
  • The child must be the parent’s biological child, adopted child, or step-child.
  • The child’s sponsor must be the same person who sponsors the partner parent.
  • The child must be under the age of 18 and single, that is, not married or engaged.

There are a few exceptions for a child over the age of 18 to be accepted:

  • They must be financially dependent on the parent with a temporary visa.
  • If the child is mentally or physically unfit.
What if my current visa runs out?
  • If your current visa expires before you receive your temporary partner visa, you must remain in Australia by obtaining a Bridging Visa A. (BVA).
  • The BVA (Bridging Visa A) is a short-term visa that allows you to stay in Australia after your current visa expires.
  • There is no need for you to apply for the visa separately.
What do you think of Partner Visa Sub classes 820 and 801?
  • You can live in the country with an onshore partner visa if you have a Subclass 820 visa. This type of visa requires the applicant to be sponsored by the partner and to live in Australia for two years.
  • After that, if you want to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply for subclass 801. The visa is also known as the Partner Permanent Onshore visa.
What steps should you take if you intend to live outside of Australia on a partner visa?

 If you intend to live outside of Australia with an offshore partner visa, apply for the subclass 309 visa (Provisional Partner Visa).

Can a New Zealand citizen sponsor an Australian partner?

 Citizens of New Zealand are generally ineligible for Australian citizenship. They also cannot sponsor relatives or prospective spouses for Australian PR, Partner, or Parent visas.

What are the different types of family, partner, and spouse visas available in Australia?

 The following is a list of dependent visas:

  • Marriage Prospective Visa (Finance Visa)
  • Outside of Australia, a partner visa application is made (Offshore Partner Visa)
  • Application for a Partner Visa from within Australia (Onshore Partner Visa)
  • Visa for Senior Citizens
  • Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary) Visa for Parents
What forms do you need to fill out?

Form 47SP: Application for partner migration to Australia.

Form 40SP: Sponsorship for an Australian partner.

Form 956: ‘Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance.’

Form 956A: is the ‘Appointment or Withdrawal of an Authorized Recipient.’

Can I meet my partner on a visitor visa and then apply for a marriage visa in Australia?

 Yes. You can apply for an Australian Marriage Visa while in the country on a visitor visa. In fact, you must have a valid visa before applying for a partner visa in Australia.

Can a registered migration agent assist me in becoming a permanent resident of Australia?

 Yes, registered migration agents can assist you with your application for permanent residency in Australia. Check, however, that they are up to date with current Australian law and procedures.


The main points to remember for Temporary and Permanent Partner Visas in Australia are listed below.

Temporary Partner Visa  Permanent Partner Visa 
Eligibility: This is for married partners or prospective partners (fiance or in a long term same-sex or opposite-sex relationship) Eligibility: This is for married partners or prospective partners (fiance or in a long term same-sex or opposite-sex relationship)
Process Time: Takes 20-25 months to process. Process Time: 5 months approx. after the Temporary Partner Visa has been processed. Overall, it takes about 13-25 months.
Cost: AUD 7,715 (INR 4,20,857 approx.) Cost: The payment is included while applying for a Temporary Partner Visa.
Type of visa: This is a temporary visa. Type of visa: This is a permanent visa.
Other critical factors include:
  • If your Spouse Visa expires, you can apply for a BVA Visa to save time when renewing your Spouse Visa.
  • If you meet certain urgency criteria, you can obtain an Australian visa in less than 25 months.
  • If you (the parent) have a Temporary Partner Visa, you can bring your children with you.
  • Australia Spouse Visa does not consider gender. It could be for same-sex or opposite-sex partners.

Hiring a good visa consultant will help you save time and effort on your visa application process. It also eliminates mistakes or missed opportunities, increasing your chances of visa approval significantly.

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How Can Prominent Assist?

 Prominent Overseas specializes in Permanent Residency Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Temporary Visas, and Dependent Visas to Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany, and Hong Kong.


Personalized services for applicants seeking the Australian Dependent visa:
  • Profile Evaluation: An in-depth analysis of you and your primary applicant’s profile ensures a 100 percent Visa Approval.
  • Professional Advice: Our experts will assist you in filling out any gaps in your profile and expediting it 4X for the visa application.
  • Visa Filing: Prominent ensures that your visa application meets all the standard requirements as per the immigration authorities of the country that you are applying for.
  • Documents & Review: We will verify all documents, including those of your family members, to ensure that none are missing, incomplete, unverified, or incomplete.
  • Interview Preparation: We allow you and your families to answer important Interview Questions that confirm your relationship with them, their motivation for moving with you, and so on.
  • Professional guidance: Be it providing you with interview training, French/English courses or working samples for resumes, cover letters, we can help.
  • Post-Landing Services: After you’ve received your visa, we’ll help you settle in. These services are specifically customised as per your requirements.

Begin your application for an Australian partner visa right away!

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