With a record number of Partner Visa places included in the 2020/2021 Migration Program and again for the new Migration Program year for 2021/2022, partner visa applicants can anticipate fast-tracked processing times for partner visas to continue for the year ahead.
Partner Visa eligibility
A person may be considered the partner of an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident when they are validly married or in a de facto partner relationship with that person.
The relationship must also be assessed as genuine and continuing to the exclusion of all others, by reference to the following factors:
Financial aspects of the relationship, including:
any joint ownership of real estate or other major assets; and
any joint liabilities; and
the extent of any pooling of financial resources, especially in relation to major financial commitments; and
whether one person in the relationship owes any legal obligation in respect of the other; and
the basis of any sharing of day-to-day household expenses; and
Nature of the household, including:
any joint responsibility for the care and support of children; and
the living arrangements of the persons; and
any sharing of the responsibility for housework; and
Social aspects of the relationship, including:
whether the persons represent themselves to other people as being married to each other; and
the opinion of the persons’ friends and acquaintances about the nature of the relationship; and
any basis on which the persons plan and undertake joint social activities; and
Nature of the persons’ commitment to each other, including:
the duration of the relationship; and
the length of time during which the persons have lived together; and
the degree of companionship and emotional support that the persons draw from each other; and
whether the persons see the relationship as a long-term one.
Lodging A Partner Visa Application
Partner visa applications are lodged online via the Department of Home Affairs Immi Account and must be sponsored by an eligible partner. Importantly, the partner visa application must be accompanied by supporting documents evidencing each of the above matters. Additional evidence is also required to demonstrate that visa applicants meet meet health and character requirements, and partners meet relevant sponsorship requirements.
Partner Visa Costs
At the time of writing, the Department of Home Affairs Visa Application Charge for a Partner Visa is AU$7,715.00. The Visa Application charge is payable on lodgement of the visa application and is non-refundable if your Partner Visa application is refused.
Getting Help From An Immigration Lawyer With My Partner Visa Application
When applying for a Partner Visa it is important to speak to an Immigration Lawyer to ensure that you meet the relevant criteria and have sufficient supporting documents before you apply.
Where you want an Immigration Lawyer to prepare your Partner Visa application and act on your behalf throughout the process, an immigration lawyer can assist you to:
Assess your and your sponsor’s eligibility to apply for an sponsor a partner visa based on your particular circumstances and immigration history.
Advise you on the type of supporting documents required to meet the legal requirements for a Partner Visa.
Ensure your partner visa application is decision-ready so as to avoid processing delays.
Guide you through the practical process and preparations required for your Partner Visa Application.
Ensure your supporting documents are updated at regular intervals throughout the processing of the application.
Represent you in all dealings with the Department of Home Affairs or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal regarding your Partner Visa, where any issues arise as part of the processing of your application.