Australian Partner Visas

Bringing Your Loved One Home

There exist two variants of this visa, one being of a temporary nature, while the other endows permanence. The temporary visa has a two-year validity period during which a determination regarding your permanent visa is made. Under this visa, you are afforded the following privileges:

  1. Authorization to work in Australia
  2. The opportunity to pursue studies in any field of your choice
  3. Enrolment in Medicare, the Australian healthcare system
  4. The right to reside in Australia


Conversely, the permanent visa imposes no restrictions on your stay duration in Australia. In addition to the aforementioned advantages, it permits the receipt of certain social security payments and paves the way for Australian citizenship.

It is worth noting that if your circumstances evolve, such as entering into a marital union with your partner, your entitlement under the Spouse Visa category undergoes alteration. In such instances, it is advisable to re-evaluate your eligibility for a visa with enhanced benefits. It is crucial to emphasize that there is no necessity to submit separate applications for both a temporary and a permanent Unmarried Partner Visa.

Should you satisfy the requisite legal criteria and continue to meet all stipulated requirements after the stipulated waiting period, you may apply for both visas in a consolidated application. However, it is imperative to clarify that possessing a temporary Partner Visa does not automatically render you eligible for a permanent Partner Visa. Nonetheless, it streamlines the application process.

Regarding processing times, this aspect falls within the purview of Australian immigration authorities. While we anticipate your case to be processed within 12 to 18 months, it is important to underscore that we are not responsible for the actual processing and, therefore cannot guarantee specific timelines.

What Constitutes the Minimum Requirement for Partner Status?

To qualify for partner status, you must maintain an exclusive relationship and cohabitate (or endure only temporary separations). Additionally, you must substantiate your relationship with evidence spanning at least 12 months before your application submission.

In instances where your relationship duration is less than 12 months, you may still be deemed eligible for this visa. The Australian government recognizes various waivers, particularly if you share a child with your partner. Furthermore, in the context of same-sex relationships, the Immigration Authorities exhibit understanding when the laws of your country of origin impede cohabitation.

Similar to other Australian visas, you must satisfy Australian health and character requirements to secure approval.

A comprehensive assortment of documents is required to support your application, substantiate your identity, good health, and character, and validate your relationship. Identity documents include:

  1. Copies of your passport
  2. Certified copies of your birth certificate
  3. Four recent passport-size photographs

Furthermore, you must furnish information pertaining to your partner, encompassing details of previous relationships (such as marriage certificates) and evidence confirming the termination of these relationships (such as divorce certificates or death certificates).

Your documentation relating to the relationship must affirm the following:

  1. The existence of an exclusive, mutual relationship
  2. The genuineness and continuity of the relationship
  3. Cohabitation

These aspects are substantiated through knowledge of each other’s personal lives, financial aspects of the relationship, living arrangements, descriptions of social interactions, mutual friends (including statutory declarations by friends), and a discussion on the nature of the relationship, including its long-term commitment.

Crafting a Convincing Case

This constitutes a pivotal element of the visa application process. Many genuinely bona fide relationships have been denied due to inadequately presented cases. Our experts, who have assisted numerous individuals over the years, possess the acumen to assist you in obtaining your Unmarried Partner Visa for Australia. It is crucial to note that marriages entered into solely for the purpose of obtaining a visa for the overseas national are not permissible, and stringent assessments are enforced.

If you are in an unmarried partnership or intend to marry upon reaching Australia, kindly apprise us of your situation, and we shall engage in a discussion regarding the various partner visa options and associated criteria. To be eligible for this visa, you must:

  1. Be sponsored by an eligible individual
  2. Be legally married to your partner (typically your sponsor) and substantiate that you and your partner are genuinely committed to a shared life as spouses, to the exclusion of all others
  3. Demonstrate the presence of a genuine and continuous relationship with your partner
  4. Verify that you and your partner are residing together or, if not, that any separation is only temporary
  5. Fulfil health and character requirements, which encompass a clear medical history and absence of a criminal record

The Australian Partner Visa is classified under the temporary visa stream, and it affords you the following privileges:

  1. Residence in Australia until a decision is made regarding your permanent Partner visa
  2. Authorization to work in Australia
  3. Eligibility for studies in Australia, albeit without access to government funding
  4. Enrolment in Medicare, Australia’s healthcare support and expense scheme
  5. Inclusion of dependent children in your application (though not other dependent relatives)

Upon attaining a permanent visa, you would be entitled to:

  1. Indefinite residence in Australia
  2. Authorization to work and study in Australia
  3. Eligibility to apply for Australian citizenship (subject to eligibility criteria)
  4. Sponsorship eligibility for eligible relatives to attain permanent residency
  5. Receipt of certain social security payments
  6. Permission to travel to and from Australia for a period of five years from the visa issuance date—following this period, a separate visa will be required for entry into Australia.


To initiate your application for this visa, you must be outside Australia. The processing duration may extend up to 24 months in certain instances; however, our aim is to expedite this process whenever feasible.

Upon approval of the visa, you will be permitted to reside and work in Australia for up to nine months, during which time you are expected to apply for a spouse visa.

All the prerequisites related to sponsorship, character, and health that are applicable to spouse visas are also pertinent to the prospective marriage visa.