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3 FAQs About the Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801) Australia

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1. Who is the Partner visa for?

The Partner visa is for anyone who is married to or is in a de-facto relationship with:

  • Australian citizen; OR
  • Australian permanent resident; OR
  • eligible New Zealand citizen.

2. What does the Partner visa let you do?

The Partner visa lets you live in Australia as the spouse or de-facto partner of your significant other.

What is the difference between subclasses 820 and 801?

The subclass 820 visa is a temporary visa which allows you to stay in Australia for a limited amount of time. It is the first stage towards the permanent subclass 801 visa which is the second stage. You lodge one application for both the 820 and 801 subclass visas. Your application is processed in two stages, which takes about two years.

3. What are the requirements?

You must:

  • be in Australia when you apply; AND
  • be in a genuine, ongoing mutually-consenting relationship; AND
  • live with your partner or be separated temporarily; AND
  • be at least 18 years of age (as well as your partner); AND
  • be in a marriage with your partner is polyamous or same-sex; OR
  • be in a de-facto relationship with your partner that has existed for at least 12 months, where both of you are not related by family; AND
  • satisfy health requirements; AND
  • be prepared to give police certificates.

If you are not in Australia, you can apply for the Partner (provisional) visa (subclass 309) or the Partner (migrant) visa (subclass 100).

For more information on how to apply for a Partner visa click here.

See our post “What You Need to Know About the Partner (provisional) visa (subclass 309) “or the “Partner (migrant) visa (subclass 100)” to find out more about the other Partner visa subclasses.

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    Can anyone tell me after getting the Bridging visa and applying for 820/801 how long you wait before the 820 Tempory one is approved ??

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    Can anyone tell me after getting the Bridging visa and applying for 820/801 how long you wait before the 820 Tempory one is approved ??
    Anybody have any input

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      Greetings Rick

      The 820 visa took around 18 months from lodgment date to 820 being granted. currently waiting for request from immigration for the second stage 801 where we can submit further documentation. Website states 24 mths for completion ? I believe may be closer to 26 mths ? Hopefully ??


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