- Spousal Visa- A spouse visa can be applied by a spouse or a de facto partner, or a fiancée/fiancé of an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. Your application for a spouse visa should be sponsored by your Australian resident spouse or de facto partner for a minimum of 2 years.
The spouse visa/partner visa, can be applied in these subclasses – (i) 820 (ii) 801 (iii) 309 and (iv) 100
A spouse visa under subclass 820, is a temporary spouse visa. With this visa, you can move to Australia and subsequently work and live here. You will be given an Extended Eligibility Temporary visa.
After you live in Australia for 2 years with a temporary spouse visa, you will be entitled to apply for Permanent Partner Visa under subclass 801 after an assessment of eligibility.
You must be in Australia at the time of application and issuance of partner visas under subclasses 820(temporary) and 801 (permanent).
This spouse visa can be granted even if the partner relationship has ended. Read further to know under what circumstances, permanent spouse visa can be granted.
You can lodge one partner visa application for both temporary and permanent partner visas in on application charge. Your partner visa application would be processed by DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) in two stages, after 2 years.
A spouse visa under subclass 309, is a temporary spouse visa. After 2 years, if you are still in a genuine relationship with your spouse/partner, you would be eligible for a permanent partner visa under subclass 100.
You must be outside Australia when you apply for and receive a temporary spouse visa under subclass 309.
You can either be in Australia or outside Australia when you receive a permanent partner visa under subclass 100. However, you must apply for this spouse visa outside Australia.
You can apply for one partner visa application for both temporary and permanent visas, which would be processed after 2 years. You pay the charges of only one visa application.