Top 5 things to know about the Partner Visa of Australia
The Partner Visa of Australia allows you to join your better half in Australia. However, applying for a Partner Visa for Australia takes time and commitment.
Here are the top 5 things that you should know about the Partner Visa:
- It is expensive
Partner Visas and Prospective Marriage Visas are some of the most expensive visas in Australia. In fact, the visa fee has increased significantly over the years.
The current Partner Visa is AUD 7,715. The fee for dependent children under 18 years is AUD 1,935 per child. To include a child who is over 18 but is still dependent on you, the fee is AUD 3,860.
Apart from the application fee, you also need to pay for police clearance and a medical exam. The police clearance could cost you AUD 50 while a medical exam can cost anywhere between AUD 220 and AUD 280.
Miscellaneous costs like certifying paperwork or engaging a migration agent should also be considered.
2. It takes time
The Dept. of Home Affairs is trying to fast-track Partner Visa applications. However, the processing time is still long.
Here are the current processing times:
For offshore applicants:
- Subclass 309 (Partner Provisional Visa) 75% of the applications get processed in 13 months 90% of the applications get processed in 17 months
- Subclass 100 (Partner Permanent Visa) 75% of the applications get processed in 17 months 90% of the applications get processed in 25 months
For onshore applicants:
- Subclass 820 (Partner Provisional Visa) 75% of the applications get processed in 21 months 90% of the applications get processed in 26 months
- Subclass 801 (Partner Permanent Visa) 75% of the applications get processed in 18 months 90% of the applications get processed in 24 months
3. The length of your relationship is important
If you are in an authentic and ongoing relationship and also have children, you may be able to speed up the processing times. A long-term relationship is defined as one that has been existing for at least 3 years or 2 years in case you have a child/children together.
4. Common-law relationships should have been ongoing for at least 1 year
If you are not married but have been living together, you have to prove that your relationship is authentic and ongoing for at least 1 year.
You will also need to provide evidence for the same. Evidence could be joint finances, correspondence like email, chat etc., a timeline or history of your relationship and the like.
5. You can lodge a Partner Visa application even if either of you is not yet divorced from your earlier partner
Under Australian laws, you may not get married to your partner if you are still legally married to someone else. However, your common-law relationship is recognized as long as the one married is separated legally from their previous spouse.
You may obtain a Partner Visa if you can prove that your previous marriage has ended, as per SBS News.
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