Partner Visas for Australia

Concept Australia has been successfully assisting applicants obtain a partner visa for Australia for more than 20 years.

When you contact Concept Australia, an experienced staff member will provide you with an honest appraisal of your potential eligibility to be granted a partner visa for Australia. If you would like to know how we can assist you in obtaining your partner/spouse visa for Australia, please telephone Concept Australia on 0208 315 6700 or scroll down to the bottom of this page to complete and submit the confidential Australian Partner visa enquiry form to Concept Australia.

Am I eligible to apply for an Australian Partner visa?

To be eligible for an Australian partner visa you must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and present evidence to show you and your partner usually reside together sharing financial and domestic responsibilities. The amount of evidence required is determined by your personal circumstances and will vary considerably depending on the duration and nature of your relationship with your partner. Concept Australia will advise you which items of evidence are relevant to your relationship and carry the most weight to be granted a partner visa for Australia.

If you and your partner have commenced living together and you do not have sufficient de-facto evidence but are planning to marry you should consider applying for a Prospective Marriage visa for Australia (subclass 300) as this visa class places more emphasis on the development of your relationship and commitment to marry.

What sub-classes of this type of visa exist?

Spouse/de-facto visa - sub-classes 100/309 (offshore) or 801/820 (onshore)

If you are in a committed marital or de-facto relationship for 3 or more years with your sponsor or you and your sponsor have a child from your relationship and have been together for 2 or more years you can be granted a permanent Australian partner subclass 100/801 visa. If you are married or in a de-facto relationship but cannot meet the above relationship criteria you will be granted a subclass 309/820 (provisional) partner visa for Australia and will be eligible to apply for permanent residence 2 years after your application was submitted to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Prospective Marriage visa for Australia - subclass 300

The Prospective Marriage visa for Australia, also referred to as fiancé visa, allows you to enter Australia and marry your fiancé who must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident and is processed in 3 stages.Please note that at present the DHA are processing and deciding Prospective Marriage visas applications but, travel to Australia will not be permitted until border restrictions are lifted.

Stage 1

A Prospective Marriage visa is a provisional visa that remains valid for 15 months from the date the visa is granted. Both the applicant and sponsor must be free to marry at the time the application is submitted to the DHA. The marriage can take place either in or outside Australia provided you enter Australia as the holder of your Prospective Marriage visa before the marriage takes place. Note – if your plans changed and you married before your Prospective Marriage visa was granted, your application would continue to be processed under subclass 309 (spouse provisional) on production of your marriage certificate.

Stage 2

Following the marriage ceremony, you must apply in Australia for a Spouse provisional visa (subclass 820) before your Prospective Marriage visa expires.

Stage 3

You can apply for an Australian permanent partner visa, subclass 801, 2 years after your provisional spouse visa application was lodged.   

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship - visa subclass 461

If you are a partner of a New Zealand Citizen who is not an eligible New Zealand Citizen, you can apply for a New Zealand Family Relationship visa - subclass 461 temporary visa. This visa allows a partner of a New Zealand Citizen who is not an eligible New Zealand Citizen to live and work in Australia for up to five years. Please note that the current waiting period to be granted a visa is between 2 and 3 years.

How can Concept Australia help me apply?

The most Frequently Asked Questions we receive from Partner applicants are:

  1. Have I got sufficient evidence to support my relationship history?
  2. Can I lodge my partner visa in Australia?
  3. How many documents should I attach to the ImmiAccount?
  4. Which documents carry the most weight?
  5. Will photographs and travel itineraries prove our relationship is genuine?
  6. If I am married, do I only need to submit my marriage certificate?

What services can I expect to receive from Concept Australia?

You will be assigned your own director with 15 years migration experience and who will manage the entire Australian partner visa process on your behalf which includes:

•    Completing the visa application and sponsorship forms
•    Reviewing and Identifying which relationship documents are relevant to your application
•    Submitting your application and sponsorship forms
•    Attaching all relevant documents to the ImmiAccount
•    Dealing directly with the DHA case officer
•    Issuing health and character checks at the appropriate time
•    Being available to answer any questions during the visa process

Why should I only use an agent registered with MARA?

The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) is managed by the DHA who is responsible for monitoring the conduct of registered migration agents both in and outside Australia. MARA approves continuing professional development activities of all registered agents to ensure they maintain up-to-date knowledge of migration law and procedure so that only the highest level of advice and assistance is provided to prospective applicants.

The DHA strongly advise that if you need assistance with the visa process that you should only appoint an agent who is registered with the MARA. A person who is not registered cannot offer you legal protection and you run the risk of being exposed to migration fraud by someone who has limited knowledge on immigration procedures and who is not accountable for his/her actions.

How much does it cost to apply for a Partner visa for Australia?

The overall cost of applying for a partner visa for Australia is expensive and therefore it is essential that your application is supported by relevant personal and relationship documents to achieve a successful outcome. Failure to comply with migration regulations or to act promptly to case officers’ instructions may lead to your application being refused and the loss of your application fee.

Fees Charged by Concept Australia

In accordance with OMARA regulations we will only encourage you to proceed with a partner visa application for Australia once we have fully assessed your relationship history and established you can meet health and character requirements and that your partner can fulfil sponsorship criteria.  

Our fee to manage the entire partner visa process until your application is decided is £995 which is charged in 2 stages:

  1. £550 on engagement of our services
  2. £445 when your application is ready to be submitted to the DHA

Fees charged by Concept Australia are subject to VAT @20% - Registration 749 6181 93.

Fees you will have to pay to the DHA, Medical examiner and police authorities

•    DHA Visa Application Charge: $7,850
•    Panel Doctor for a medical, x-ray and blood test: approximately £300
•    UK police report: £55
•    Australian Federal Police Report: $42 

How long will it take for my Partner visa to be granted?

A total of 73,000 partner visas have been allocated for the 2021/2022 program year which has resulted in the majority of applications being decided within 6 months or less.As a general guide, decision ready applications we have submitted to the DHA in July and August 2021 have already been approved and applications submitted in September 2021 are now being allocated for processing.

Changes to Partner processing procedures

The DHA is planning to introduce 2 significant policy changes which are likely to be implemented in the new program year and possibly in November 2021.

English language requirement

Visa applicants and sponsors who are passport holders from countries other than Australia, UK, USA, Ireland, Canada or New Zealand will need to show they have a functional level of English at the time the permanent visa is approved. This can be evidenced by sitting a formal English language test or attending at least 500 hours of free English language classes through the Adult Migration English Program. The policy change will affect those applying for the second-stage permanent residency application - subclass 100 (offshore) or 801 (onshore).

Sponsorship approval prior to the visa application

Currently, both partner visa and sponsorship applications are lodged at the same time but, this new policy will require Australian sponsors to be approved before their partners can apply for a visa. These new arrangements are aimed at protecting vulnerable applicants from potential family violence in case a sponsor has a history of violent or sexual offences which are not known to their partner. Changes to sponsorship procedures will also have an impact on applicants planning to apply for a partner visa in Australia as approval of the sponsorship may take longer than the 3 month stay period authorised on the visitor visa.

Contact us for an initial confidential assessment

If you would like to know how we can assist you in obtaining a Partner visa for Australia, please complete the Enquiry form below and submit your details to Concept Australia or send an email to or telephone us on 0208 315 6700.



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Can my application be processed sooner?

Applications are processed in the order they are received and there is little scope to process applications earlier. It should be noted that as a general policy, circumstances such as employment in Australia; schooling for children, pregnancy; selling your house; or separation from your partner are not considered compelling or compassionate.

Can I travel to Australia while my application is being processed?

You may apply for other visas while your application is being processed. At present there are restrictions imposed by the Australian government for applicants planning to visit Australia during the coronavirus pandemic. If you need to travel to Australia you will need to obtain an exemption from the Australian Border force Commissioner.

Do I have to travel to Australia by a certain date?

The Department of Home Affairs has revised its policy and applicants must have valid health and character checks at the time their case is decided and will have 12 months to travel and validate their visa from the date of grant.

Can my child from my previous relationship migrate with me?

The Department of Home Affairs will seek to ensure that allowing a child to migrate is not in contravention of Australia’s international obligations in relation to the prevention of child abduction. If your application includes a child aged under 18 years and the non-migrating parent has the legal right to determine where the child can live, that parent will need to provide a statutory declaration giving permission for the child to migrate. Alternatively, you can provide a certified copy of a valid court order showing that you have the legal right to remove your child from their home.

Should I register my child as an Australian Citizen?

Children born overseas and whose parent is an Australian citizen are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship by descent. If, however, you became an Australian citizen by descent, you must have been present in Australia for periods totaling two years at some time in your life in order for your child to apply for citizenship.

If your child is granted Australian citizenship by descent he/she should apply for an Australian passport. The benefit of travelling to Australia on an Australian passport will mean that your child will not be applying to migrate and will not require health checks.

Concept Australia provides advice and assistance on citizenship requirements and offers a reduced fee for partner clients wishing to register their children as Australian citizens.

Can I undergo health checks before I lodge my application?

Your radiological and medical examination must be carried out by an approved panel doctor who will need you to provide a HAP identity number when making the appointment. Once your application has been submitted to the Department of Home Affairs, it is possible to access your HAP ID and undergo health checks in advance of your application being allocated to a case officer.

What evidence do I need to provide in support of my relationship?

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requires both the applicant and sponsor to present evidence that they have a commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of others. This is normally demonstrated by sharing a common residence and evidencing a level of mutual support and co-operation throughout the history of your relationship. Emphasis is placed on presenting evidence on the financial aspects of the relationship, the nature of the household, the social context of the relationship and the nature of commitment to each other.

The amount of evidence you provide will be determined by your personal circumstances and will vary considerably depending on the duration of the relationship. Many applicants present far too many documents and waste time, energy and money gathering evidence which will be discarded by DHA case officers. Concept Australia will assess the history of your relationship and advise you which documents carry more weight.

What are the benefits of using a MARA registered migration agent?

The decision to engage a migration agent is a personal choice which will depend on the complexity of your visa application and whether you are confident that you have fully understood all the rules and regulations which will be applied to your case.

If you do need assistance with the visa process, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) strongly recommend that you appoint an agent who is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). A registered migration agent must satisfy a strict code of conduct and:

  • maintain current knowledge of migration law and procedure
  • keep a professional library with direct access to migration regulations via Legend
  • undertake continuous professional development in order to maintain knowledge of migration regulations and policy


An agent who is not registered with MARA cannot offer you any legal protection and is not accountable for his/her actions and therefore might:

  • make false claims about your chances of success
  • give you incorrect advice
  • have limited knowledge about current Australian visa legislation and procedures
  • increase your risk of being exposed to migration fraud
  • charge fees which are unreasonable and excessive.
Can I apply for a Partner visa if I have received a 3 year ban?

If you overstayed or breached your visa conditions during your visit to Australia, you are most likely to have been advised on departure that you will be subject to a three year ban from visiting Australia. You will be able to lodge a Partner application once you are outside Australia but you will not be able to return to Australia on a visitors visa to await the outcome of your application.


What is an eligible New Zealand citizen?

An eligible New Zealand citizen is a New Zealand citizen who was living in Australia on 26 February 2001 for at least one year in the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001.


What if I marry my fiance(e) before my Prospective Marriage visa is granted?

If you marry your fiancé(e) before you are granted a Prospective Marriage visa, you can change your application to that of a Partner visa at no extra charge. To do this you must provide your marriage certificate and notify the Department of Home Affairs that you wish to withdraw your application for a Prospective Marriage visa and change your application to that of a Partner visa. A case officer may also request additional documents to support your relationship history.

Can I still apply for a de-facto visa if I am not living with my partner?

Although living together is regarded as a common element in most on-going relationships, it is recognised that, for various reasons, couples may sometimes have to live apart. Provided the separation is temporary and since the relationship commenced you can provide evidence that you had at some point resided together, you may still be able to satisfy the requirements of a de-facto relationship.

In this situation you do not need to prove that you have resided together for 12 months but you will need to demonstrate that you have been in a de-facto relationship for that period. The case officer at the Department of Home Affairs will require you to show that you are not living separately and apart on a permanent basis and you may be requested to provide additional evidence of communications and/or financial support during any period of separation.


Can I apply for a Partner visa if I only recently married?

To be eligible for a partner visa, it is not sufficient for you to simply show that you are married. You must also demonstrate that your relationship with your spouse is genuine, continuing and mutually exclusive. If you fail to demonstrate that you are in such a relationship you may be a refused a visa regardless of whether you are married.

If for example you married your partner within a month or two of the relationship commencing and then applied for a visa, you can expect your application to come under close scrutiny. If, however, your relationship developed over a period of time and you can present evidence which dates back to when you first met leading to your engagement and subsequent marriage, your application is likely to receive favourable consideration.


What type of visa will be granted to me?

Grant of subclass 100 visa – initial entry date

The subclass 100 permanent visa is granted to applicants who have been in a committed marital or de-facto relationship  for 3 or more years or 2 years if you have a child from your relationship. Once you are granted an Australian permanent residency visa, you must make your initial entry to Australia within 1 year from the date your visa was granted. You can then travel in and out of Australia for a period of 5 years from the date of grant. This is referred to as your ‘international travel facility’.  As a permanent resident, you are allowed to lawfully remain in Australia indefinitely as long as you arrive in Australia before your current permanent residency visa expires. If you need to depart Australia once your original visa expires you will need to apply for a Resident Return Visa.

Grant of subclass 309 visa – initial entry date

If you cannot satisfy the criteria for a subclass 100 visa you will be granted a subclass 309 temporary visa and will be invited to apply for a permanent visa 2 years from the date your partner application was submitted to the Department of Home Affairs. You must also make your initial entry to Australia within 1 year from the date your visa was granted, and you can then travel in and out of Australia until your permanent visa is granted.

How do I become an Australian citizen?

To become an Australian citizen, you need to meet the following requirements:

•    are a permanent resident at time of application and time of decision
•    meet the residence requirements
•    are of good character
•    have a basic knowledge of English
•    intend to reside or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia
•    have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

You must also satisfy the following general residence requirement which is based on the amount of time you have lived in Australia.

•    have lived in Australia on a valid temporary or permanent Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying
•    must have been a permanent resident for the 12 months immediately before making an application
•    not been absent from Australia for more than 1 year in total, in the 4-year period, including no more than 90 days in the 12 months before applying.

Once you have become an Australian citizen you will be eligible to apply for an Australian passport and as the holder you must enter and depart Australia using this passport. Most countries (including the UK) permit their citizens to have dual nationality including continuing to hold a passport of that country.

How can I keep track of how my application is progressing?

Once your application and sponsorship forms have been submitted and all supporting documents have been attached to the ImmiAccount we will receive an acknowledgement from the Department of Home affairs (DHA) which will be forwarded to you.

Applications are processed in the order they are received and there is little scope to process applications earlier. Until your documents are allocated to a case officer, we are unable to contact the DHA for a progress report as this will only generate an automated response outlining the processing timetable displayed on their website.

You should inform Concept Australia if you have a valid and exceptional reason why you need your application to receive priority processing but, generally, circumstances such as employment in Australia; schooling for children, pregnancy; selling your house; or separation from your partner are not considered compelling or compassionate.

Partner Enquiry Form

If you are considering applying for a Partner visa for Australia, please complete all questions and ensure you provide your full address or post code. The information you provide will be treated in confidence and will not be stored onto a data-base or distributed to third parties.




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