If you want to visit your Partner/Spouse in Australia, you need to lodge a Partner visa 309/100 application. To acquire the Permanent Partner (Migrant) Visa (subclass 100), you first have to acquire a temporary Partner (Provisional) Visa for Australia (subclass 309).
But before you apply, here are a few things you might be unaware while applying.
- You don’t have to be married to visit your partner in Australia.
- The necessity of a 12-month period of living together can be overlooked.
- You can visit your partner during the processing time of the application.
- You can add your child to the application after it is lodged.
- You can apply for a de facto visa, even if you are still married (but separated) to someone else.
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You don’t have to be married to visit your partner in Australia
If your partner is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you don’t have to be legally married to your partner to lodge a Partner Visa for Australia. Then, this would generally require you to exhibit evidence of your living together for at least a period of 12 months before lodging.
The necessity of a 12-month period of living together can be overlooked
You might have heard the rule that it is necessary for a couple to have proof of living together for at least 12-months before lodging for a Partner visa. Well, not anymore! It is recognized that, for certain reasons, a couple may have to live separately. Therefore, the one-year relationship norm does not ask the couple for proof of having physically lived together, rather be in a de facto relationship for that period of time.
You can visit your partner during the processing time of the application
After lodging a Temporary Partner Visa for Australia offshore, you can still visit your partner during the processing time. It doesn’t oblige you to stay in your country during that period. But, when your visa is ready and you’re still onshore, the Immigration Department will let you know and give you the notice to fly back before it’s granted, for, a Temporary Partner Visa (subclass 309) will not be granted unless you’re offshore.
You can add your child to the application after it is lodged
During the processing time of the Partner visa application, if you decide to add your dependent child or stepchild to the application, the Australian Immigration law allows it. The child should first be granted a Dependent Child visa (subclass 445) after which he/she can visit or stay in Australia. Also, after the temporary Partner visa has been permitted to their parent, the child can be added to the permanent Partner visa application.
If you are submitting numerous pages of the same document, then include all the pages in one file rather than loading each page as a separate file. And, if you are required to submit pictures as evidence of a relationship then consider printing and scanning multiple pictures into one.
Also, if you have reached your limit and had more documents to attach, you will need to wait until your application has been allocated to a case officer. They will advise you of what additional information or documents you need to provide and how to do so.
If you have any queries or want to know more about Australia Partner Visa, always take assistance from certified Immigration Consultants!