4 May 2016

Partner Visa Processing Times Reduced

Partner Visas for Australia

Being away from your loved one can be hard, so if you’re separated by a few continents and oceans, then you may want to apply for a Partner Visa for Australia.

What Is A Partner Visa?

There are two types of Partner Visa available, a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is the first stage towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).

What makes you legible to apply?

To apply for a Temporary Partner Visa or Permanent Partner Visa you must be one of the following:

– an Australian citizen
– an Australian permanent resident
– an eligible New Zealand citizen.

So what’s new?

Applying for a Partner Visa could previously take up to 24 months, however due to a significant fall of 30% in applications for this visa, the time has reduced on average to just over 12 months to process. Nowadays the majority of applications are assessed approximately 1-2 month’s after the application has been lodged.

What does the Partner Visa allow you to do?

– With your temporary Partner Visa you can stay in Australia until a decision is made about your permanent Partner Visa
– You can work in Australia
– You may study in Australia, but you will not be legible for any government funding.
– You can apply for Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses.
– You can include any dependent children on your application, but not other relatives, unless you hold a prospective Marriage visa.
– You can be in Australia when you apply.
– You can apply for citizenship – if you tick all the boxes.
– Receive social security.
– Travel to and from Australia within a period of 5 years from the date the visa is granted. After which, you’ll need to apply for a new visa.

Have more questions about a temporary or permanent Partner Visa? Contact one of our Australian Migration agents at

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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