A Partner Visa may enable you and your partner to start a life together in Sydney, Australia. Currently, the main types of Partner Visas are Subclass 309/100 Visas and Subclass 820/801 Visas. Both visas provide a pathway to permanent residence in Australia, including Sydney, for de-facto and married applicants. To make a valid Partner Visa application, you will be required to provide evidence that your relationship is genuine and ongoing, and that you meet several requirements known as ‘financial’, ‘social’, ‘nature of household’ and ‘nature of commitment’ factors. Fortunately, this is a visa category that the Government is focusing on processing throughout the pandemic. 72,300 placements for Partner Visas have been planned in the Migration Program for 2021-22. This comprises 93.5% of Family Stream placements within the program.
Are you looking to get a Partner Visa to live with your loved one in Sydney or across Australia? Speak to our migration agents to learn how we can help. At Interstaff, our Registered Migration Agents have been helping couples since 1988 by providing comprehensive and expert advice on how to prepare an application according to the Partner Visa criteria.
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The main difference between the Subclass 309/100 Visas and Subclass 820/801 Visas are the way in which you apply – either from within Australia or outside of Australia. The Subclass 820 Visa is an ‘Onshore’ Partner Visa and requires the applicant to be within Australia when applying for the visa and at the time their visa is granted. This will require logistical planning to ensure evidence requirements are prepared according to schedule and before the applicant’s temporary visa expires. It’s important to note, delays could result in the applicant having to return to their home country and apply from offshore.
During the current pandemic, the Government is focused on processing Partner Visas – particularly for applicants already in Australia who apply onshore. The below graph shows the impact of the pandemic on Onshore 820 Partner Visa grants from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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 time constraints of a temporary visa. As the application is made offshore, couples will need to be comfortable with continuing their relationship long-distance until the visa is granted.
During the 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, these visa holders can come to Australia without requesting a Travel Exemption. The below graph shows the impact of the pandemic on Offshore 309 Partner Visa grants from the Financial Years 2018-19 (pre-pandemic times) to 2021-22.
There are several eligibility requirements that determine whether your partner can obtain a Subclass 309/100 Partner Visa and live in Sydney or anywhere in the country. Applicants need to provide evidence showing their relationship satisfies the below 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, to decide whether to grant a Partner Visa.
As you can see, for family visas, your eligibility depends on your personal circumstances and whether you have substantial evidence to show your relationship meets the visa criteria. An experienced migration agent can guide you through these requirements for your particular case.
To sponsor your partner for an Australian visa to live in Sydney, you will need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen. It’s important to know, new legislation will require sponsors to first become approved as an eligible sponsor before a Partner Visa application can be made. Find out how the implementation of the family sponsorship framework will impact couples applying for a Partner Visa – particularly those intending to apply for an Onshore Subclass 820/801 Visa. Our migration agents in Sydney can assess your relationship circumstances and provide advice on your eligibility for suitable Partner Visa options.
Interstaff has been helping couples throughout Sydney and Australia successfully apply for Partner Visas for over 30 years. We begin by conducting a detailed assessment of your Partner Visa eligibility and advising a strategy for your onshore or offshore application. We then assist you in preparing your evidence in a way that meets the Department of Home Affairs’ strict application requirements. Simply contact our team of Registered Migration Agents in Sydney on 02 7200 2567 or [email protected].
“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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