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Partner Visa

What is a Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801)?

There are two types of Partner Visas: Subclass 820 and Subclass 801. The Subclass 820 visa is a temporary partner visa that allows you to live in Australia. The Subclass 820 visa is the first stage towards a permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801). You apply for both visas at the same time and pay only one application charge. Applications are processed in two stages, about two years apart.

Mainly there is two types of Australia Partner Visa and they are as follows:

  • Partner Visa (Temporary) – Subclass 820: With this type of visa, the applicant will be able to live in Australia on a temporary basis. This visa leads directly to the permanent Partner Visa. Applicant have to be in Australia while submitting the application
  • Partner Visa (Permanent) – Subclass 801: This visa allows its holder to live in Australia permanently. This visa usually is for people who currently hold a temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 820).

The applicant can apply for both temporary and permanent partner visas together.To be eligible, you must be married to or in a de facto relationship with:

  • An Australian citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An eligible New Zealand citizen

What Are the Benefits of a Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801)?

The Temporary Partner visa allows you limited benefits, including:

  • Live and work in Australia until a decision is made about your permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801)
  • Study in Australia (without access to government funding)
  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • Include dependent children on your application (dependent applicants must be in Australia when they apply)

The Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801) includes all the benefits of Australian permanent residency:

  • Work and live in Australia indefinitely
  • Opportunity to study in Australia
  • Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s state-run healthcare program
  • Opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship
  • Sponsor relatives for permanent residence
  • Travel in and out of Australia as you please

What is Australia Temporary visa (Subclass 820)?

An applicant who is able to get their hands on the Australia subclass 820 visa is able to avail the following benefits:

  • Stay in Australia until Australian immigration home affairs decide on applicant’s permanent Partner visa or that application is withdrawn
  • Work or Study in Australia (for study applicant will not be able to receive government support)
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as the applicant wants
  • Attend up to 510 hours of free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • Can enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme – Medicare

The holder can stay on subclass 820 until there is a decision on a permanent visa (Subclass 801) application. On average, the stay is an average for 15 to 24 months. For the applicants who are in long term relationship before they may not be required applying for subclass 820.

The applicant will be able to include dependents in their application. Dependents must be:

  • Able to meet the health requirements
  • Meet the character requirement
  • In Australia

The applicant can add a dependent child after they are given a temporary visa.

Applicant and applicant’s sponsor has to show to the Australian government that since they were granted temporary permanent visa that they have continued to:

  • Be married or de facto partners
  • Have a genuine and continuing relationship
  • Live together or not live separately and apart on a permanent basis, and
  • Be committed to a shared life excluding other partners

In order to get the permanent Partner Visa, the applicant must keep hold of Subclass 820 visa. In case the applicant has issued any other visa, then the new visa will be replaced by Subclass 820.

What are the basics of Australia Subclass Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801)?

Immigrants will be able to avail the following benefits with Australia Subclass Partner Visa (Subclass 801):

  • Stay, work and study in Australia
  • Enroll in Australia’s medical healthcare scheme – Medicare
  • Sponsor family members application to come to Australia
  • Travel to and from Australia for a duration of 5 years
  • If eligible can attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • If eligible can apply for Australian citizenship

Subclass 801 holders are allowed to travel to and from Australia as many times as the applicant wants for 5 years from the date of the visa granted. In case the holder wants to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • Applicant need to apply and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) in order to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • Can consider going for Australian citizenship.

Applicants can also include their family members (Dependent Children) in their application for the combined Permanent and temporary Partner Visa. A dependent child must be:

  • Holding a Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445) and
  • Be in Australia

Children must be able to meet health requirements and must be 16 years or older to meet the character requirement.

How Can I Apply for a Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801)?

Step 1: Prepare Your Documents

You must provide certain documents with your application to prove the claims you make.

Step 2: Lodge Your Application

The Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801) visa may be lodged online, by post, or in person. When you apply, you must have all documents ready as well as the visa application fee, which can be paid by credit card.

Step 3: Wait for a decision

It can take several months for the DHA to make a decision on your visa application. In 2016, the processing time for the 189 visa was 3 months.

Step 4: Receive your visa and start working

Once your application is approved, you will receive your visa and can start work in Australia.

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