Partner Visa (820 and 801)
If you’re interested in a Partner Visa so you can live, work and study in Australia indefinitely because your spouse or de facto is residing permanently in the country, it will greatly help your application if you hire a professional Partner Visa consultant in Brisbane, who can advise you on all the necessary stages to help speed up the process.
Both the permanent and temporary Partner Visa allows the spouse or partner of an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.
Initially, the temporary Partner Visa (subclass 820) is granted to the applicant, which allows them to stay in Australia until the permanent Partner Visa (subclass 801) is processed.
To apply for the Partner Visa (subclass 820 and 801), you must be in a genuine relationship with your spouse or de facto partner, who must be an Australia citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and also when the outcome of the temporary visa application is decided. A Partner Visa migration agent can advise you further on how to best go about your application.
You may add dependent family members to your application (either before or after the temporary 820 visa is granted); however, they must also be in Australia when the visas are applied for.
To be eligible for the Partner Visa in Australia, you and any family member that applies for the visa with you must have a sponsor. This sponsor will be your partner, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. However, there are certain sponsorship limitations surrounding your partner’s ability to sponsor you if they’ve had a previous spouse or de facto relationship that has required sponsorship. Your Partner Visa consultant in Brisbane can help you with this information.
Accordingly, your sponsor must be approved and cannot change throughout your application – the person who sponsors you when you apply for the visa must be the same person who sponsors you for two years after your temporary (subclass 820) visa is granted.
Additionally, to apply for the subclass 820 and 801 visas, you must be of the right age. This means that married applicants must be typically 18 or older when they apply (as you must be 18 years or older to be married under Australian law). Those in de facto relationships must also be 18 or older when they apply.
You must apply for the 820 visa online within Australia. To do so, you must gather the required documents and provide accurate information only, which your Partner Visa migration agent can help you with. This includes identity documents, evidence of your relationship with your partner, character documents, etc. If your 801 permanent partner visa is granted immediately after your temporary 820 visa is granted, you do not need to do anything else. However, if the 801 visa is not granted immediately, you must provide additional information and submit these documents two years after you have lodged your visa application.
Although the Partner Visas 820 and 801 are linked, they limit the applicant and applicant’s dependents for various activities
With a temporary Partner Visa (subclass 820), you can:
- Stay in Australia until a decision has been made on your Partner Visa (801)
- Work in Australia
- Study in Australia (without government support)
- Travel to and from Australia as many times as you like
- Attend up to 510 hours of free English language classes through the Adult Migration English Program
- Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme
With a permanent Partner Visa (subclass 801), you can:
- Stay in Australia permanently
- Work in Australia
- Study in Australia
- Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme
- Sponsor your family members to come to Australia
- Travel to and from Australia for five years (after this period you must either apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident, or you could consider applying for Australian citizenship)
- Attend free English language classes if eligible
- Become an Australian citizen if eligible
Partner Visa (820 and 801) Requirements
The process of applying for a Partner Visa in Australia is highly regulated in an attempt to weed out fraudulent applications, so genuine couples who are truly committed to building lives together can do so following the correct procedures. To avoid something looking amiss on your application, it pays to hire an expert Partner Visa consultant in Brisbane to help guide you towards a more straightforward application.
- To apply for the Partner Visa (subclass 820 and 801), the individual must be married or in a de facto relationship with:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen
To be a married applicant, your marriage must be valid under Australian law and you and your spouse must be committed to sharing a life together. This includes having a genuine and continuing relationship and living together.
Similarly, to be a de facto applicant, you must have been in a de facto relationship for a minimum period of 12 months. You are not married to each other but committed to sharing a life together, live together, and are not related by family. The de facto partner’s 820 visa application also includes an array of exemptions based on individual circumstances, which our Partner Visa migration agents can help you understand through a consultation session.
Additionally, to complete your visa subclass 820 and 801 applications, you must meet health and character checks. Our Brisbane Partner Visa consultants are your best bet to proceed through this process without too many hurdles, having dealt with numerous visa claims and applications for many happy customers who now call Australia home. Any dependent family members who are included in your application must also meet these requirements and, in some instances, even family members who will not accompany you to Australia may also need to meet health checks.
Length of Stay
- The length of stay for the Partner Visa varies depending on the subclass – therefore, 820 and 801 have different lengths of stay.
For the Partner Visa (subclass 820), you are granted a temporary visa, which means you can stay in Australia until the decision is made on your permanent Partner Visa (801).
When granted a Partner Visa (subclass 801), you can finally celebrate being able to stay in Australia permanently.
Cost of Visa
The payment for the Partner Visas (subclass 820 and 801) is completed concurrently. At the moment, the price for both visas is AUD $7,715 for most applicants.
However, there are some exceptions to this cost. Those who hold a Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) will pay AUD $1,285. Similarly, if you previously held a Prospective Marriage Visa but did not apply for the subclass 820 or 801 visa before it expired, the price of the Partner Visas will come to AUD $1,630.
With the Partner Visas (subclass 820 and 801), there is a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with you. Additionally, you may have to pay for other costs, such as health checks and police certificates.
Processing times for the Partner Visas (subclass 820 and 801) vary depending on the individual’s circumstances as well as the time it takes to process each of the two visas. Generally, the process for the 820 temporary visa takes 24-29 months, whereas, for the 801 permanent visa, it will take 13-21 months to be completed.
Book a consultation with us today
The Partner Visa (subclasses 801 and 820) requires a few steps to be completed. Each of these is important to enable a smooth transition to the next step, without having to go back and reassess certain requirements. Therefore, our migration agency in Brisbane can support you throughout your application process and work to help you achieve your dream of living in Australia. Avoid the heartache of having to reapply by contacting our Partner Visa consultants in Brisbane to book an appointment or phone us on 1300 92 33 22 to talk to one of our helpful visa consultants.