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What is the Subclass 820/801  – Partner Visa?

  • The Partner visa is for couples that are
    • (a) in a registered relationship;
    • (b) living together and have been living together for over 12 months; or
    • (c) married.
  • This is a provisional permanent visa that has two steps:
    • 1. Apply for the Subclass 820 visa, a temporary residency visa that allows you to remain onshore to live with your significant other until you can –
    • 2. Apply for the Subclass 801 visa, a permanent residency visa that you can be considered for either:
      • 24 months after lodging your Subclass 820 visa (if you have been granted your Subclass 820) or
      • Once you are granted your Subclass 820 visa (if above the 24 month processing period).
  • These visas enable you to live in Australia for the purpose of being with your partner.

Eligibility Criteria:


  • You are in a registered relationship, 12 month+ de facto relationship or you are married to an Australian permanent resident or citizen;
  • You can demonstrate that you have met, know and have an established relationship with your prospective spouse;
  • You are eighteen or older.
  • You meet health and character requirements.



  • You must be onshore when applying for this visa.
  • You must be onshore when a decision is being made on your application.
  • This visa grants you full working rights.
  • This visa grants you full study rights.
  • This visa grants you multiple travel facilities – that is, you can arrive and depart Australia on this visa multiple times.
  • Your children can also apply for this visa if you intend for them to migrate with you.
  • If you apply for this visa while already holding an Australian visa, you may be granted a bridging visa so that you can lawfully remain onshore during the processing period.

This visa has a global processing time, which can be found here. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times


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