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Partner Visa (Subclass 309). The Partner Visa (Subclass 309) lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily. If you are planning on getting a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100), then getting a Partner Visa (Subclass 309) is the first step towards it. With the Partner Visa (Subclass 309) you are able to live, work and study in Australia while your permanent Partner (Migrant) visa is being processed. In addition, you can travel to and from Australia as many times as you desire. In addition, if you are eligible, you can attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migration English Program.

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Partner Visa (Subclass 309)

Updated: 2 years ago
To apply for the Partner Visa (Subclass 309), you must have a partner living in Australia to sponsor you. You and your partner also have to meet the following requirements:

  • You must both be over the age of 18.
  • Your partner must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Your partner must not have applied for or received a Prospective Marriage Visa or Partner Visa in the last five years.
  • Both you and your partner have to meet the character requirements. Neither of you must have any criminal charges related to children.
  • You and your partner must be in a committed, monogamous relationship.
  • You and your partner must either be married or in a de facto relationship (living together for at least 12 months).
  • You and your partner must be able to provide evidence about the genuineness of your relationship. For example, prove that you have met each other’s family members, that you have lived together, and you know about each other’s backgrounds, etc.
Updated: 2 years ago
You can stay in Australia temporarily until the Department of Home Affairs decide your permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) application or the application is withdrawn.
Updated: 2 years ago
The majority of Partner Visa (Subclass 309) applications are processed within 16 months. Some can take up to 29 months. It can take even longer if you do not provide the correct documents or if the Department of Home Affairs is taking a long time to verify your information.
Updated: 2 years ago
The cost of the Partner Visa (Subclass 309) starts at AUD 7,850 for the main applicant. If you have dependents applying with you, you also have to pay:

  • AUD 3,930 for each dependent over the age of 18.
  • AUD 1,965 for each dependent under the age of 18.

When you pay the fee, you are also paying for your Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 100).