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Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 820) and Permanent visa (subclass 801) for applicants in Australia

(Partners of students and other temporary residents can apply for corresponding temporary visas to join their spouses here.) 

These visas are for people to stay in Australia with their partners, who are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. The partner visa option for you is Subclass 820/801 visas. Two years after you have applied for the partner visa initially and if the relationship is still genuine and continuing, a permanent visa (Subclass 801) may be granted.

Meet relationship requirements  
 
In most cases, you must be the spouse or de facto partner of an: 
 
  • Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent resident or
  • eligible New Zealand citizen 
 
Your relationship can be with someone of the same or different sex. 
 
You might still be eligible for the visa if  your relationship breaks down or your sponsor dies while we are considering your application. 
 
Married applicants 
To be a married applicant: 
 
  • you and your spouse must both be committed to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others
  • your relationship with your spouse must be genuine and continuing
  • you must live with your spouse or do not live apart on a permanent basis
  • your marriage must be valid under Australian law 
 
To find out if your marriage is valid under Australian law, contact the relevant state or territory agency for births, deaths and marriages. 
 
De facto partners 
 
To be a de facto partner, you must be in a de facto relationship. you and your partner are in a de facto relationship if all these apply: 
 
  • you are not married to each other
  • you are committed to a shared life to the exclusion of all others
  • your relationship is genuine and continuing
  • you live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis
  • you are not related by family 
 
Usually your de facto relatioship must have existed for at least 12 months immediately before you  apply for the visa. 
 
Time spent dating or in an online relationship might not count as being in a de facto  relationship. 
 
The 12- month requirement will not apply if you can show us compelling and compassionate 
 
circumstances exist to grant the subclass 820 visa. 
 
The 12-month requirement also will not apply if: 
 
  • your partner holds or held a permanent humanitarian visa
  • your de facto relationship existed before we granted their visa
  • you de facto partner told us about the relationship before we granted their visa  
 
It also will not apply if you: 
 
  • are in a de facto relationship with a partner who is an applicant for a permanent humanitarian visa, or
  • you have registered your relationship with an Australian authority such as a registry of births, deaths and marriages 
 
You might still be granted the temporary visa if your relationship has broken down or if your sponsor died.
 
  

You must have a sponsor when you lodge your application and when you are on this visa. 

We must approve your sponsor. There are limitations on approval. 

You can’t change your sponsor. The person who sponsors you when you apply for the visa must be same person who sponsors you for 2 years after we grant your temporary 309 Partner visa

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