The subclass 309 Visa to Australia or Partner (Provisional) Visa allows your partner to temporarily stay in Australia while waiting for the Immigration’s decision regarding your permanent Partner (Migrant) Visa (subclass 100) application. With this visa, you can live and study in Australia as well as travel in and outside the country.
Subclass 309 Visa also offers a pathway to permanent residency in Australia for de-facto and married applicants. A valid Partner Visa application must include evidence that your relationship is genuine and ongoing, and that you meet several requirements of ‘financial’, ‘social’, ‘household’ and ‘commitment’ nature. You must also have a sponsor that will support you during this period until 2 years [waiting time for subclass 100] after you are granted the 309 Visa to Australia.
Since 1988, Interstaff’s registered Migration Agents have helped couples by providing comprehensive advice on how they should prepare their visa application and sponsorship application according to the Partner Visa criteria. During this pandemic, the Government is prioritising Partner Visa applications to help reunite couples and families which have been separated for a long time. If you are interested in attaining a Partner Visa to live in Australia with your partner, send us a message or get in touch with us on 1800 449 858 to discuss how we can help.
Australia’s ‘Offshore’ Partner Visa is known as the Subclass 309/100 Visa. This visa requires the applicant to be outside of Australia when applying and when the visa is granted. It is more flexible than the Subclass 820/801 Visa as it does not require applicants to be bound by the time constraints of a temporary visa.
During the current pandemic, it is still possible to apply for an Offshore 309 Partner Visa for partners that are overseas. Once an Offshore Subclass 309 Partner Visa is granted, visa holders can come to Australia without requesting a Travel Exemption. The beside graph shows the impact of the pandemic on Offshore 309 Partner Visa grants from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
There are several eligibility requirements that determine whether you can obtain a Subclass 309/100 Partner Visa. Married applicants and De facto partners need to provide evidence showing their relationship are able to satisfy the below criteria:
The way in which a couple can provide evidence for the above requirements will differ depending on their relationship status, living arrangements and other factors. The Department of Home Affairs assesses the above criteria to determine the genuineness of the couple and ultimately, to decide whether to grant a Partner Visa.
Aside from the above criteria, all applicants must be of legal age and of good character. Individuals must also meet the health requirements of the Australian Government. If your previous visa application has been cancelled, you may not be eligible to reapply for this visa again.
To sponsor your partner for an Australian visa, you will need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen. It’s important to know that new legislation requires intended Sponsors to be approved first before a Partner Visa application can be made.
Often, Sponsors are the Australian partners who want to bring their spouse or de facto partner to live with them in the country. To see if you are qualified to be a Partner Visa Sponsor, get in touch with Interstaff’s registered migration agents in Australia.
Interstaff has been helping couples successfully apply for Partner Visas for the last 3 decades including Subclass 309 | Partner (Provisional) Visa. Whether to live together in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne or anywhere in Australia, we begin by conducting a detailed assessment of your Partner Visa eligibility and advising a strategy for your offshore application. We then assist you in preparing your evidence in a way that meets the Department of Home Affairs’ strict application requirements.
“I just wanted to say thank you and to let you know you have been very helpful and professional during this process. I would definitely recommend Interstaff to any of my friends in the future if they require immigration assistance.”
On behalf of my family and I, we would like to thank the staff at Interstaff for working around the clock to achieve our goal of Permanent Residency. They are a great team of professionals and handled our case with very high standards. We greatly appreciate it – thank you!
We applied for the Offshore Partner 309/100 Visa with the advice and representation from the team here and am happy to say, after a very long period apart from my partner due to Covid, our application recently got granted the 309 Visa with my partner looking to arrive shortly and our plan is to apply for the 100 visa mid/late next year. I highly recommend the team at Interstaff for any Partner Visa applications and I feel the fee is well worth the peace of mind you have given the high level of experience the team here offers and knowing you will be represented correctly/reliably based on the evidence you provide.
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