Great news for partners and spouses of Australian citizens! This year the Department of Home Affairs is working harder to process more visa applications for partners. Currently, the processing times for partner visas is 16-22 months. The department plans to process at least 72,000 partner visas this year, if not more!
The Partner Visa allows the de factor partner or spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to stay in Australia. Applying for a temporary Partner visa is the first step towards a pathway to a permanent partner visa followed by a permanent residency.
Applying for a partner visa can be a complex process depending on an individual’s circumstances and a substantial amount of documentation and evidence of a genuine relationship can be required by the department to quickly and efficiently process partner visas. The department urges applications to have all the required information, including health and police checks and make sure to include any dependants if required. Individuals must also make sure to provide documents that are appropriate for their specific circumstances (such as on-shore or off-shore applicants). Lack of proper guidance and insufficient paperwork can lead to delayed outcomes.
To apply for a Partner Visa you must fulfil the following specified criteria:
To apply for this visa, you must:
- You must be in a genuine relationship with your spouse or de-facto partner who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
- You must have comprehensive and sufficient evidence of your relationship to support your claims of being in a relationship with your partner.
- You must meet the de-facto or marriage requirements.
- If you are in a de-facto relationship, you must meet the 12-month relationship requirement, unless you are eligible for a waiver.
- You must not have had a visa refusal or cancellation.
- You must be in Australia at the time of application and decision.
- Your sponsor must be an eligible sponsor and is not barred from sponsoring you.
- You must satisfy the Australian health and character requirements.