Falling in love was the easy part. Getting a visa – yikes – who thought it was going to be this hard?
Whether you are married or in a de facto relationship, planning ahead for your Partner visa is critical. Even if you have been married for several years, there are a number of other factors that immigration takes into consideration to assess the partner relationship. With no refunds available for your Visa Application Charge, it is important that you get your visa application right the first time!
The first decision to make is whether you will make an ONSHORE (subclass 820) or OFFSHORE (subclass 309) visa application. Applying onshore will entitle you to a bridging visa that allows you to stay in Australia whilst awaiting an outcome on your application.
The sponsoring spouse or de-facto partner must also complete an application to be assessed by immigration. This application is to determine that the sponsor is an eligible citizen or resident and meets the character criteria to sponsor. It also confirms that the sponsor agrees to the sponsorship obligations which require them to help their partner by providing accommodation, financial assistance and other support.
In some cases, the permanent visa can be granted at the same time as the temporary visa. Where this does not occur, there will be an additional step required to provide evidence that the relationship is continuing and that the visa applicant continues to meet the character requirements for the grant of a permanent visa for Australia.