Partner Visas are processed in two stages


The provisional partner and spouse visa (Subclass 309) is granted for an indefinite period (until superseded by the permanent partner/spouse visa) and are conditional that the relationship of the applicants meets the criteria of the permanent visa.


After the two year waiting period of the Provisional Partner Visa, the Department of Immigration will assess applicants against the Permanent Partner Visa criteria.

Applicants must be able to prove they are still in a relationship with their partner or spouse.

Once approved, the Permanent De Facto Partner or Spouse Visa is unconditional and the visa holder may live in Australia indefinitely whether or not the relationship continues.

• The applicant must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
• The applicant must have been in a relationship with their sponsoring spouse or de facto partner for at least 12 months.
• The applicant and sponsor must be at least 18 years of age.
• The applicant and sponsor must have proof of being in a genuine relationship
• The applicant and sponsor must remain in a relationship for two years before the permanent part of this visa is granted (Unless exempt)

There is no age limit for this visa.

All family members must meet the health and character requirements. All applicants over 16 must provide police clearances.

How long will it take to get a decision on your visa?

100 – Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100):
75% of visas are processed within 23 months
90% of visas are processed within 27 months

Processing time for subclass 801 Partner (permanent) visa and 100 Partner (permanent) visa is from date of eligibility (2 years after the 820/801 or 309/100 application is lodged) to finalisation.

309 – Partner (Provisional) (subclass 309):
75% of visas are processed within 13 months
90% of visas are processed within 17 months