Applications for Partner (Temporary) visas (subclass 820) and Partner (Provisional) visas (subclass 309) are currently taking between 12 and 15 months to process, due to high demand. If you are planning to apply for a Partner category visa, either in Australia or overseas, here are a few helpful tips:
- Use a document checklist to help prepare your application.
- Lodge your application with all required documentation using ImmiAccount.
- If you need help, consider using a registered migration agent.
1. Use a document checklist
There are checklists on our website to assist you in preparing your application.
Stage 1 – Temporary Partner or Prospective Marriage visa (300,309,820)
Stage 2 – Permanent Partner (100, 801)
For applicants outside Australia:
- Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) document checklist
- Partner visa (subclasses 309 and 100) document checklist
For applicants in Australia:
Note: If you hold a Stage 1-Partner (subclass 309 or subclass 820) visa, you can check your eligibility for the Stage 2 Permanent visa using the Partner (Permanent) Calculator.
2. Lodge your complete application using ImmiAccount
Lodging your application online is a quicker and easier method, and will get you faster results than lodging by paper. First, you will need to create or login to your ImmiAccount. Once logged in, you can submit your application and attach any relevant documentation. You can login to your ImmiAccount at any time to prepare, track or manage your application.
All documents must be scanned and uploaded to your ImmiAccount. Do not send them by email or by post as it will delay your assessment.
Complete applications that contain comprehensive documents in support of a genuine relationship will get priority and are quicker to process.
Information on creating an ImmiAccount and lodging on line can be found here: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Immi
Information on attaching documents to an online application can be found here: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Atta
See Partner Category Visa Options for detailed information about what to lodge with your Partner application.
For information about supporting evidence such as statutory declarations, and certifying and translating documents, see information to help prepare your application.
3. Consider using a registered migration agent
Registered migration agents can assist you to prepare your application for a fee. To practise in Australia and act on behalf of visa applicants, agents must be registered with the Office of Registered Migration Agents of Australia (OMARA). For more information about using a registered migration agent, see http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Usin. To search for a registered migration agent, visit the OMARA website.