A subclass 309 Visa to Sydney allows married couples and de facto partners to temporarily live together in Australia while waiting for the Immigration’s decision regarding their permanent Partner (Migrant) Visa (subclass 100) application. With this Subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) Visa, you can also study in Australia and travel in and outside the country.
Prior to applying for a subclass 309 application, your husband or partner must pass the partner visa sponsorship application to prove that he or she can support you while you wait for the subclass 100 decision after you are granted the 309 Visa to Australia. 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.
During this pandemic, the Government is prioritising Partner Visa applications to help reunite couples and families which have been separated for a long time. As such, this is the best opportunity to apply for a subclass 309 Visa to Sydney. If you are interested in applying for a temporary partner visa to Australia, send us a message or get in touch with our Sydney office on 02 7200 2567 to discuss how we can help. Our process begins by conducting a detailed assessment of your Partner Visa eligibility and advising a strategy for your offshore application. We shall then assist you in preparing your evidence in a way that meets the Department of Home Affairs’ strict application requirements.
Australia’s ‘Offshore’ Partner Visa is the Subclass 309 Visa which is the first step to a 100 Visa application that guarantees permanent residence. This visa requires the applicant to be outside of Australia when applying and when the visa is granted.
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.
There are several eligibility requirements that determine whether you can obtain a Subclass 309 Partner Visa (Provisional). Only married applicants and De facto partners are eligible to apply and they need to provide evidence showing their relationship can 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.
Only Australian citizens, Australian permanent citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens are the only ones who can apply to be a sponsor to a subclass 309 visa Sydney application. It’s important to know that new legislation requires intended sponsors to be approved first before a Partner Visa application can be made. This ensures that sponsors can support their spouse or partner for up to 2 years, till the decision for subclass 100 is released and your spouse and partner can permanently live and work 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 Visa to Sydney for the last 30 years. Since 1988, we have helped reunite married couples and de facto partners settle in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne or anywhere else in Australia by providing comprehensive advice on how they should prepare their visa and sponsorship application according to the Partner Visa criteria.
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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