This visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily. Getting this visa is the first step towards a permanent Partner visa.
Partner or Spouse Visa
A partner visa allows a spouse or de facto (opposite or same sex) partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen to travel to or remain in Australia with their partner/spouse.
A partner visa application can be made inside or outside of Australia. Partner visas are processed in two stages – the visa applicant applies for a provisional visa. After two years, the relationship is reassessed and if deemed genuine a permanent visa is granted.
To be eligible to apply the applicant must be either married to or in a de facto relationship with:
an Australian citizen; or
an Australian permanent resident; or
an eligible New Zealand citizen.
A prospective partner visa applicant must be sponsored by their partner who must be at least 18 years of age.
To be eligible for a partner visa as a married partner, the marriage must be recognized under Australian law; the relationship must be reassured and genuine.
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