Partner VISA

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VISA Duration

Up to indefinite

Work Hours

Potentially No cap

Average Processing

4 to 12 months after successful completion of application.*


If you’re considering joining your partner in Australia, the Partner Visa program offers a pathway for you to reunite and build a life together. This page will provide you with critical information about the available partner visas, including the Subclass 820, Subclass 801, Subclass 309, and Subclass 100. Gain a deeper understanding of their features, durations, work permissions, processing times, eligibility criteria, and more.

VISA Streams & Durations:

The partner visa program offers different subclasses, each with its own duration and pathway to permanent residency in Australia. The available partner visas include:

  • Subclass 820: The subclass 820 visa allows you to live in Australia temporarily while your permanent partner visa (subclass 801) application is being processed. It typically grants a temporary stay for up to two years. During this period, you can work and study in Australia and access Medicare benefits. Once the subclass 801 visa is granted, you become eligible for permanent residency.

  • Subclass 801: The subclass 801 visa provides permanent residency in Australia and allows you to live and work in the country indefinitely. It is the permanent stage of the partner visa and is granted once the subclass 820 visa application is approved. With this visa, you can enjoy the rights and privileges of an Australian permanent resident, including access to healthcare, education, and social security.

  • Subclass 309: If you are applying from outside Australia, the subclass 309 visa is designed for you. It grants a temporary stay while your permanent partner visa (subclass 100) application is being processed. The subclass 309 visa allows you to enter and remain in Australia with your partner for a temporary period until a decision is made on your permanent visa application.

  • Subclass 100: The subclass 100 visa is the permanent partner visa that allows you to live and work in Australia indefinitely. It is granted once the subclass 309 visa application is approved. With the subclass 100 visa, you can enjoy the benefits of permanent residency, including access to healthcare, education, and social security.

How many hours can I work?:

While holding a partner visa, you are generally allowed to work and study in Australia. The work permissions are unrestricted, providing you with the opportunity to pursue employment and educational opportunities.


To be eligible for a partner visa, certain criteria must be met, including but not limited to:

  • Genuine Relationship: You must be in a genuine and committed relationship with an eligible partner who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.


  • Sponsorship: Your partner must be willing to sponsor you and meet the sponsorship requirements.


  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Statement: You must demonstrate that you genuinely intend to enter Australia for a temporary period and have reasons to return to your home country.


  • Health and Character Requirements: You must meet certain health and character requirements. This includes undergoing a health examination and obtaining relevant police clearances.

The Partner Visa program offers a remarkable opportunity for couples to unite and build a life together in Australia. By understanding the different partner visa subclasses, work permissions, processing times, and eligibility requirements, you can navigate the application process with confidence. Our team at OZI is here to provide expert guidance and support throughout your partner visa journey. Book a free consultation today and take the first step towards a future together in Australia.

important things you should know

Questions And Answers

Australia offers various types of visas, including tourist visas, student visas, work visas, skilled visas, partner visas, and more. The specific visa you need depends on your purpose of travel and eligibility.

To apply for an Australian visa, you typically need to complete an online application through the Department of Home Affairs’ website. The application will require you to provide personal information, supporting documents, and pay the required fees.

The processing time for an Australian visa can vary depending on the type of visa and individual circumstances. It can range from a few days to several months. It’s advisable to apply well in advance of your intended travel date.

It depends on the type of visa you hold. Visitors to Australia on tourist visas are not required to have health insurance. However, it’s highly recommended to have adequate health insurance coverage as healthcare costs in Australia can be high.

In some cases, it is possible to extend your stay in Australia. However, it depends on the type of visa you hold and the specific circumstances. It’s important to check the conditions of your visa and consult with the Department of Home Affairs or a registered migration agent for guidance.

The cost of an Australian visa varies depending on the type of visa and the duration of your stay. The fees can range from AUD 140 for a tourist visa to several thousand dollars for more complex visas like skilled migration visas. It’s best to check the Department of Home Affairs’ website for the specific fees.

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