Onshore Partner Visas 820 & 801

Onshore Partner visa is a two-stage pathway which allows the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

What are the temporary (Subclass 820) and Permanent (Subclass 801) Onshore Partner visas?

If you are an Australian permanent resident, citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen and want your Onshore Partner to live with you in Australia, then the Onshore Partner visa is the way to go. This visa is perfect for people who want to take their relationships to the next level. Onshore Partner visa is a two-stage pathway that allows the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia. The first stage is Partner visa subclass 820 (Temporary), and usually after 24 months, you may be eligible for the second stage which is Partner visa subclass 801 (Permanent).

The temporary and the permanent partner visas are applied for at the same time.

Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 820)

The Temporary Partner visa will let the de facto* partner of an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen temporarily live in Australia. With this visa, you will be one step closer to a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).

*A de facto relationship is when you and your partner have a relationship and live together as a couple but are not married.

What Can I do with this visa?

You can:

  • remain in Australia until your permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) is decided on or that application is withdrawn
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia (Government support is not included)
  • travel to and from Australia limitlessly
  • attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program (if you are eligible)
  • You can take part in Australia’s public health care scheme

How long can I stay?

You can stay until a decision has been made on your permanent visa (subclass 801) application. For most applicants, this takes 15 to 24 months.

Applicants who have been in a long-term relationship before they apply might not have to stay on a temporary visa at all. You might be granted the permanent visa immediately after the temporary subclass 820 visa.

Can I include my dependent children?

A dependent child or children can be included in your application:

  • when you submit your application, or
  • after you submit your application but before a decision on your temporary visa is made

These dependants must:

  • meet Australia’s health requirements
  • meet Australia’s character requirements
  • be in Australia

You can also add a dependent child after your temporary visa is granted.

What about Prospective Marriage visa holders?

If you hold or have held a Prospective Marriage visa you can also include members of your family in your application. Family members can’t be added after you submit your application.

Where can I apply from?

You and any family member or dependent child who are applying with you must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance when you apply for this visa, and when your temporary visa application is being decided on.

How long are the processing times?

Your application can take longer to process if:

  • you haven’t filled it correctly
  • you haven’t included all required documents or more information from you is needed
  • verifying your information takes more time

Your application can’t be processed if you haven’t paid the correct visa application charge.

Adequate health insurance

Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to take part in Australia’s public health care system, Medicare, while you wait for a decision on your application.

If you don’t meet the requirements for Medicare (the scheme that gives Australian residents access to healthcare), it is recommended that you take out health insurance to cover any unexpected medical treatment you might need in Australia. Otherwise, you will be personally responsible for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

Travel

If you are someone who enjoys travelling, this visa is going to make you very happy. since it allows you to freely travel outside Australia.

Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801)

The Permanent Partner visa (Subclass 801) allows the de facto partner of Australian permanent residents, citizens, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia permanently. It is only viable for applicants who currently hold a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820).

Things you can do with this visa

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your family members to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship

Freely go in and out of Australia for 5 years

You will be able to go in and out of Australia with no limits for 5 years from the date this visa is granted. This is as long as the travel permit on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel permit:

  • apply for and be granted a Resident Return so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • Another great thing you can consider is Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, a visa will not be required for entering Australia. You will require an Australian passport and will use that to leave and re-enter Australia.

Including family

Your dependent child can be included in your application when you apply for the combined temporary and permanent visas.

If you forgot to include your dependent child in your temporary visa application, you can still add them to your application before a decision is made on your permanent visa application. The child must:

Your children must meet Australia’s health requirements. If they are 16 or older they must also meet Australia’s character requirements.

Cost

The cost for this visa is paid when you apply for the combined temporary and permanent partner visas. other costs such as health checks or police certificates might be added.

Processing times

  • 75% of applications: 9 months
  • 90% of applications: 14 months

Assessment will take longer to process if:

  • All necessary documents haven’t been included
  • More information from you is needed

It takes longer to verify your information. Contact us if you would like to know more about this visa or need immigration advice.

See also  Prospective Marriage (Fiancé) Visa (Subclass 300)

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