This visa allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.
The visa application is processed in two stages, about two years apart. The first stage grants a temporary visa and the second stage grant a permanent visa. However, a single application is lodged for both the temporary and permanent visas, and a single application fee is charged. Based on the location of the applicant there are two types of Partner visas.
- For onshore applicants: Temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) and Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801)
- For offshore applicants: Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) and Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)
The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820 or 309) is the first stage towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801 or 100 respectively). For Temporary Partner visa, the applicant(s) must be onshore when the outcome of the visa application is decided. Similarly, for Partner (Provisional) visa, the applicant(s) must be offshore when the outcome of the visa application is decided. However, the applicant can be in or outside Australia when the outcome of Permanent Partner/ Partner (Migrant) visa is decided.
In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than two years from the day the initial application is lodge.