Partner Visas- An Insight into the differences and how to apply

Partner Visas- An Insight into the differences and how to apply

Partner Visa:

Basically, an Australian Partner visa will enable a spouse or de facto partner of an Australian to live and work in Australia. An Australian Partner visa application can be either onshore (subclass 820/801) or offshore (subclass 309/100).

Prior to obtaining a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801/100), you must first obtain a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820/ 309). In order to qualify for this visa, you must first meet the following requirements:

Basically, an Australian Partner visa will enable a spouse or de facto partner of an Australian to live and work in Australia.

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You are the spouse or de facto partner of:

  • Australian citizen
  • eligible New Zealand citizen or
  • a permanent resident of Australia

The Onshore or Offshore partner visa is a two-stage process:

Stage 1: Temporary Visa (Subclass 820/ 309)

This stage provides you with a temporary visa that allows you to live in Australia with your partner. You can apply for a temporary partner visas (subclass 820/ 309) either Onshore or Offshore. In the first stage, the department grants you a temporary visa that allows you to live with your partner in Australia for two years.

Stage 2: Permanent Visa (Subclass 801/ 100)

Filed two years after stage 1 to demonstrate that the relationship is genuine and still ongoing this is a permanent visa. To qualify for an offshore/ Onshore partner visa, you must first meet the following basic requirements.

Difference between Onshore/ Offshore Partner Visa:

The term offshore partner visa refers to a process that takes place while a partner is abroad in another country. After the visa is granted, you can come to Australia. Applicants for offshore partner visas must be overseas when they apply. They must also be overseas when the temporary visa decision is made.

When you apply for an Australian visa while within Australia, this is called an onshore visa application. Onshore visa applications are made while you are within Australia.

We will provide you with some important tips to remember when lodging your visa application.

How To Ensure Your Application Is Approved:

There are a number of reasons why partner visas can be denied. Following are a few questions to ask during the application process to ensure it is processed quickly and approved:

  • Is my relationship considered genuine by the Department? Visas for partners are often refused due to non-genuine relationships.
  • Can you show photos of yourselves together?
  • Do you have a joint bank account?
  • Do you exchange texts and calls?
  • Have you ever travelled together?

These are all things that prove the genuineness of your relationship.

Is my response to all the requests of the embassy or immigration officer complete?

In the event that an embassy or immigration official contacts you for additional documentation, you must provide that information. Otherwise, your visa will be refused.

Did I meet the requirements for the interview?

You will be asked questions regarding your partner and relationship during your interview. The Australian government may reject the applicants who do not adequately answer these questions.

Is all of my documentation authentic and current?

The Department verifies and checks all documents you provide. Thus, it is crucial that all documents you provide are true and accurate. Otherwise, your visa will be denied.

How can I determine if I meet the health and character requirements?

To qualify for the visa, you must pass medical examinations and x-rays, as well as pass character tests. It’s especially critical that you consider your character requirements and anything that might hinder you from meeting them. Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Do you have any acquaintances who might be involved in a crime?

Is there anything else I need to know?

Partner visas require a sponsor. The sponsor is responsible for the partner’s financial obligations, accommodations, and living expenses.

The Department of Home Affairs will also require you to undergo a health examination and meet its character requirements.

How Do I Apply?

You should carefully prepare and submit your application for a partner visa. An efficient team at Mangalath Immigration Pty Ltd, who have extensive experience in applying for this sub-class of visa for the past decade, will handle the process. Please visit our Testimonial page on this website, Facebook page and Google Review to find testimonies provided by our clients.

We will help make sure that a complete and decision ready application is made and that you receive your visa as quickly as possible. So why wait contact us today to get a head start.

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