Do you want to come to Australia to live with your Australian partner? Or are you already in Australia living with your partner and you wish to remain in Australia permanently?
Partner visa applications are truly extensive. The information below is a brief outline of the partner visa application process and what is required.
An Australian citizen or permanent resident may be able to sponsor their non-Australian citizen partner for a temporary or permanent visa. A non-Australian citizen partner can be either the spouse or de-facto of the Australian sponsor.
A spouse is a married partner, while de-facto is a non-married partner who meets the immigration law definition of de-facto.
The immigration law definition of what is a de-facto partner is detailed and is prescribed in the Migration Regulations.
Both spouse and de-facto can include same-sex partners.
The Main Partner Visas are:
- Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)
- Offshore Partner (subclasses 309 and 100)
- Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801)
With a partner visa application, there are actually two applications. There is the partner visa application which is lodged by the visa applicant and there is also the sponsorship application which is lodged by the Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Both applicants are comprehensive.
The 4 pillars
Partner visa applications will be assessed against what’s known as 'the 4 pillars', which are:
- The social aspects of the relationship
- The joint financial aspects of the relationship
- The nature of the household
- The nature of commitment & development of the relationship
What Can Go Wrong?
Many partner visa application clients are unaware of the comprehensive detailed evidence that is required to support a partner visa application. Unfortunately, the Department of Home Affairs website does not include the policy which the Department assess applications against (we have access to the Department’s policy).
Not supplying all of the required documents can lead to a very lengthy visa process, stress and possibly a visa refusal.
Cindy and Ted have been in a relationship for 1 year and decide to get married. They have a wedding ceremony with family and friends. Cindy is an Australian citizen and Ted is from the UK. The couple decide that it is time to apply for a partner visa. Cindy is under the belief that their partner visa applications will be straight forward as they have a marriage certificate, photos from the wedding and statements from their family and friends. The couple would also like to save money if they can as the partner visa application itself is not cheap and if they can do the visa application themselves without legal fees, then great. To their surprise, the couple receive a notification of partner visa application refusal because the Department of Home Affairs do not believe that the couple meet the 4 pillars. Cindy contacts Visa & Citizenship Lawyers to review their matter and represent them at the Tribunal. Visa & Citizenship Lawyers inform the couple that had the couple engaged their services to prepare and lodge the partner visa application the couple would likely be holding a visa by now instead of the refusal. Visa & Citizenship Lawyers assist the couple to obtain the visa at the Tribunal hearing which is 2 years after the refusal. Cindy and Ted end up paying twice the professional legal fees for the representation at the Tribunal hearing as they would have paid for assistance for the partner visa application. Apart from the extra financial cost, the couple endure 2 years of stress waiting for the Tribunal hearing.
* (Names and facts have been changed to protect the identity of clients)
Why use Visa & Citizenship Lawyers?
At Visa & Citizenship Lawyers, we understand the importance of having your partner becoming a permanent resident and ultimately a citizen. Our goal is to get your partner visa application right the first time which will save you:
- Time; and
- A lot of worry.
When assisting clients with partner visa applications, the bulk of our work is in preparing a Statutory Declaration for the visa applicant and also a Statutory Declaration for the Australian sponsor. Our Statutory Declarations tie all of your evidence together and we aim for the Statutory Declarations to be between 14 – 17 pages each (this is not including attached evidence). A lot of time and effort goes into our Statutory Declarations.
We take care and pride in helping our partner visa clients achieve the visa result that they need.
For partner visas enquiries only, we offer a FREE 15 MINUTE CONSULTATION to understand your current situation and decide whether we can help you. Contact us today to book in for your free 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer.