The Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801) is designed for individuals in a committed relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. This visa allows the applicant to live in Australia temporarily (subclass 820) until the permanent partner visa (subclass 801) is granted, typically two years after the initial application.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Relationship: The applicant must be in a genuine and ongoing relationship with an eligible Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen partner.
  2. Sponsorship: The applicant must be sponsored by their partner.
  3. Health and Character: Both the applicant and sponsoring partner must meet health and character requirements.
  4. Legal Age: The applicant and the sponsoring partner must be at least 18 years old.
  5. Commitment: Both partners must demonstrate a commitment to a shared life together.

Application Process:

  1. Eligibility Check: Ensure both the applicant and the sponsoring partner meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Sponsorship: The sponsoring partner lodges a sponsorship application, demonstrating the genuine nature of the relationship.
  3. Visa Application: Once sponsorship is approved, the applicant submits the visa application, including necessary documents such as identity proofs, relationship evidence, health assessments, and character documents.
  4. Processing: The application undergoes thorough processing, during which additional documents may be requested.
  5. Temporary Visa (Subclass 820): Upon approval, the applicant receives a temporary visa allowing them to live in Australia until the permanent visa is decided.
  6. Permanent Visa (Subclass 801): Approximately two years after the initial application, if the relationship is still genuine, the applicant may apply for the permanent partner visa (subclass 801).

Benefits and Privileges:

  1. Live and Work in Australia: Allows the applicant to live, work, and study in Australia.
  2. Medicare: Access to Australia’s healthcare scheme, Medicare.
  3. Travel: Multiple entry and exits from Australia until the permanent visa is granted.
  4. Social Services: Eligibility for certain social services and benefits.
  5. Path to Citizenship: After a waiting period, the applicant can apply for Australian citizenship.


Q: What constitutes evidence of a genuine and ongoing relationship?
A: Evidence includes joint financial commitments, shared living arrangements, joint social activities, and supporting statements from friends and family.

Q: Can I include dependent children in the application?
A: Yes, dependent children can be included in the application if they meet the relevant criteria.

Q: Is there an English language requirement for this visa?
A: There is no specific English language requirement for the partner visa. However, applicants might need to demonstrate English proficiency for the permanent visa application later.

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