What Immigrants Need to Know About Partner Visas in Australia

A partner visa is provided for those who are married to or in a long-term relationship with an eligible Australian or New Zealand citizen. If you're not sure if you would be eligible for such a visa or need assistance filing for the visa, you can work with a migration agent to help you through the process. However, note a few important factors about this type of visa and what it includes so you know if it's the right choice for you and what to expect along the way.

Two stages of applying

When you apply for a partner visa, there are two stages to your application. The first part is a temporary partner visa. When you are granted this visa, you are allowed to stay, work and study in Australia for as long as the visa is valid. Once this visa has been granted, you can then apply for a permanent partner visa. If this visa is approved, you can then stay in Australia permanently. It's vital that you understand these two stages, as the temporary partner visa is just that: it's a temporary visa that will eventually expire, and it doesn't allow you permanent residency in the country.

Your location affects the type of visa for which you apply

There are two different subclasses of partner visas that you might use. One is for those who are already in Australia, and the other is for those who are applying while outside of Australia. If you're already in Australia under another type of visa, such as a work, travel or study visa, this doesn't necessarily increase the chances of your visa being approved, but it's good to note that there are different applications from which to choose. If you're not sure the subclasses and how your location would affect the type of visa you need, check with a migration agent.

Other requirements

Anyone coming into Australia on any type of visa will usually need to meet some health requirements and character requirements, and this is no different for partner visas. Your past criminal record and certain communicable diseases may affect your application. If you're not sure if a criminal record you have might cause your application to be rejected or if you have major health concerns, talk to a migration agent. He or she can advise you on current requirements in these areas and note if they are likely to cause your application to be denied.