Applying for a 309 Visa to Melbourne allows for married couples and de factor partners to live in Australia together. Subclass 309 or Partner (Provisional) Visa allows your partner to temporarily stay in Australia to live, study and travel while waiting for the Immigration’s decision regarding your permanent Partner (Migrant) Visa (subclass 100) application.
Before applying for a 309 visa, your intended sponsor (usually the Australian partner) must be approved for Partner Visa Sponsorship before you can start applying for a 309 visa to Melbourne. As this visa also offers a pathway to Permanent Resident (PR), 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.
With over 30 years of experience in the migration industry, Interstaff’s registered Migration Agents have helped hundreds of couples settle in Australia. By providing comprehensive advice from sponsorship to preparing partner visa applications according to the Partner Visa criteria, we have successfully reunited married couples and de factor partners in Australia including Melbourne. 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 our Melbourne office on 03 8319 0902 to discuss how we can help.
Australia’s ‘Offshore’ Partner Visa is known as the Subclass 309 Visa. This visa requires the applicant to be outside of Australia when applying and when it 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 this pandemic, the Government is prioritising Partner Visa applications to help reunite couples and families which have been separated for a long time. 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 Visa to Melbourne. Married applicants and De facto partners need to provide evidence showing their relationship are able to satisfy Financial, Social, Nature of household and Nature of commitment criteria.
How 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, decide whether to grant a Partner Visa.
Aside from the above criteria, all applicants must be of legal age and of moral 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.
Find out how the implementation of the family sponsorship framework will impact couples applying for a Partner Visa, especially those intending to apply for an Onshore Subclass 820/801 Visa.
Interstaff has been helping couples successfully apply for a Subclass 309 Partner Visa (Provisional) for decades to allow married couples and de facto partners to live together in Australia. Our registered migration agents in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney will begin by conducting a detailed assessment of your Partner Visa eligibility and advising a strategy for your onshore or offshore application. We will then assist in preparing your evidence in a way that meets the Department of Home Affairs’ strict application requirements.
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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