Australia is an amazing country with remarkably developed infrastructure and
stable economy. It is one of those nations which provides the best environment
for people to settle, besides offering multiple job opportunities to many
proficient and capable workers from the foreign land.
The Partner Visa also known as the Spouse category visa is one of the key
aspects of Australia immigration. It boosts the enthusiasm of the applicants to
explore great opportunities of career in Australia. The partner visa allows the
partners or spouses of the Australian permanent citizens and residents to reside
with their partners in Australia.
How to apply for Partner or Spouse Visa in Australia?
Subclass 309 and 100 Visa, i.e. the Partner Visa allows the partners and spouses
of the Permanent Residents and Citizens in Australia to reside with their
partners in Australia. The spouses or partners of eligible citizens of New
Zealand are also allowed to apply for Australian Partner Visa.
How is the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) different from the
Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)?
The Partner Visa (Subclass 309) is a temporary visa (allocated first) that grants
you permission to reside in Australia for the time, till the Permanent Visa i.e.
Subclass 100 Visa is processed.
The Eligibility Requirements to apply for Subclass 309 Visa:
To apply for Partner visa, an applicant must be in a de facto relationship or
married to any of the mentioned below:
• An Australian citizen.
• A permanent resident of Australia.
• An eligible citizen of New Zealand.
The other key requisites to apply for Visa:
• You stay outside Australia.
• Australian Visa can be granted to you if you are married and your
relationship breaks down and that there is a child of the relationship.
• Your partner isn’t alive and that the relationship would have continued if
your partner was alive and you own the culture, business or any personal
ties in Australia.
• Your relationship breaks down and either you or your family members
The marriage needs to be appropriate as mentioned in the Australian law. If you
are applying for a partner visa in Australia as a de facto partner, then you must
complete a time period of at least 12 months in a de facto relationship.
Moreover, you are granted visa if you are in a de facto relationship that is less
than 12 months, if:
• You are able to show understanding and compelling status, like that of
having dependent children.
• Your partners have a permanent humanitarian visa, you were in the de
facto relationship before the visa was granted, and that you informed us
about the de facto relationship before the visa was granted.
• Your de facto relationship has been enrolled in Australia (it is not
applicable in all territories and states).
• You have good conduct of health and moral.
• There aren’t any pending dues to the Government of Australia or have
arrangements to pay it.
How to proceed if you wish to apply
It is a two stage process to apply for the Australian partner visa. If you are in a
de facto relationship (for minimum 12 months), you are eligible to apply for the
subclass 309 visa in Australia. The application for both the classes i.e. subclass
100 visa (permanent) and the subclass 309 visa is submitted together, whereas
you pay for one visa only. If you have successfully applied for Subclass 309
Partner visa (temporary), you are then eligible for the assessment of the
Permanent visa (Subclass 100 visa).
The subclass 309 grants you the permission to stay in Australia temporarily and
is also granted on a temporary basis, till the time you are granted the permanent
visa. After completing two years in Australia, on the basis of subclass 309 visa,
you need to provide additional documents if you wish to apply for the subclass
309 visa. Your documents are checked by the immigration authorities, and if
everything goes right, you will be eligible for the permanent visa, i.e. Permanent
Partner (subclass 100) visa.
Key Benefits of 309 Visa
• You are granted the permission to stay in Australia for the time period
until the decision about your permanent partner visa is made.
• Complete your education in Australia without the access to government
• Subscribe to Medicare, i.e. the Australia’s scheme for health-related
management and expenses.
• After you have lodged your application for around 2 years to get this
application, you need to undergo assessment for a permanent visa
Partner visa (subclass 100)
Subclass 100 is a permanent visa and the second level of application for partner
visa, at the time when provisional visa, i.e. subclass 309 has already been given
to the applicant. After 2 years of lodging of your application for subclass 309
visa, you can be assessed for subclass 100 visa.
Criteria for the Permanent Visa to be granted earlier:
1. If you have been in a relationship with your partner at the time of
applying, for at least 3 years or more than two years if you have a
dependent child of your relationship.
2. Your de facto partner or sponsor is dead, but you would have continued
the relationship if they were not dead, and you have established close
culture, personal ties and business in Australia.
3. There is a child of the relationship and that the relationship breaks down.
4. When the relationship breaks down due to some family violence.
Key Benefits of Subclass 100 Visa
Following are the key benefits of Subclass 100 Visa:
• Grants permission to reside in Australia for an indefinite time.
• Rights to work in Australia at the time you reside.
• Applicant can register in Medicare, i.e. Australia scheme for all the health
related care and costs.
• Allowed to apply for citizenship if you suit certain requirements.
• Allowed to move anywhere for next five years that begins from the day
your visa is granted.
• Grants the permission to sponsor your relatives if they wish to apply for
The Partner Visa cost in Australia
• Partner visa (Subclass 309/100 visa) – 7000$ • Additional Charge for Applicant 18 and over – 3505$ • Additional Charge for Applicant 18 and under – 1755$
Additional charges that are applicable
• Medical Examination:- To be directly paid to the doctor who conducts
medical examination. • Police check:- To the authorities in the corresponding countries where
you have resided for more than 6/12 months that depends on the visa
subclass. • Translation/Certification of Documents:- Depends on the certifying
person and the number of copies that are to be certified.