About This Visa
If you have the following connections with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, then your partner may sponsor you for migration to Australia:
- Married to;
- Engaged to;
- Living in a de facto relationship
The main partner visa options are as follows:
This visa type is for people who are married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. To qualify for a spouse visa on de facto grounds, you must in general show that you have lived with your partner for a period of at least 12 months prior to applying. The spouse visa application leads to permanent residence, and is generally in two stages – first a temporary spouse visa is granted, then a permanent spouse visa approximately 2 years after lodgement.
Prospective Spouse Visa (Fiance Visa)
This visa type (also known as Fiance Visa) is a 9-month temporary visa which allows applicants to travel to Australia to marry their Australian partner. After getting married, it is advised to apply for a partner visa to obtain permanent residence.
From 1 July 2009, same-sex partners who are either living together or have their relationship registered in an Australian state or territory may apply for a partner visa.