A PARTNER VISA is given to a person who is married to, or in a de facto (common law) relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia. Interdependent, or same-sex partners are also eligible to get a partner visa.
Can you travel to Australia with a partner visa? YES and you don’t need to apply for a TOURIST VISA to enter the beautiful country of Australia. If you have a PARTNER VISA, you are allowed to travel to and from Australia until a decision is made on your permanent visa application; and also you are able to work in Australia
If you don’t have a PARTNER VISA yet or if you are wondering how to be eligible to apply for it, you can scroll down.
More about PARTNER VISA
Under the Partner Visa, your partner must sponsor you for a period of 2 years. After this, if the relationship is still genuine and continuing, you may be eligible for permanent residence.
Are you eligible to enter AUSTRALIA with a PARTNER VISA?
This website is helpful to check whether you are eligible for an Australian visa on the basis of being sponsored by your partner. By filling in the form, you can determine eligibility to enter Australia under the Partner Visa class.
How to apply for a PARTNER VISA
To apply for a Partner Visa on the basis of marriage, you must be legally married to your Australian partner and sponsor. To apply from outside Australia, you must be legally married to your partner at the time of application or intend to legally marry your partner before a decision is made on the temporary Partner Visa.
✓ Proof of your legal marriage and evidence of a mutual commitment and shared life
✓ Meet the health and character requirements designated by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
✓ De facto partners must show they have been in a de facto relationship for 12 months immediately prior to their application. They must also show in their application proof their relationship is genuine and continuing, and that they live together and do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis.
Partner Visa Application Process:
Applying for a Partner Visa is a 2-stage process. You apply for both a temporary and permanent visa in the one application at the same time.
1) Temporary Partner Visa
If you submit your application outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the temporary visa is granted. If you submit your application in Australia, you must be in Australia when the temporary visa is granted.
If you are granted a temporary visa, you will be allowed to: travel to and from Australia until a decision is made on your permanent visa application and work in Australia.
2) Permanent Partner Visa
If you submit your partner application outside Australia, you may be either in or outside Australia when the permanent visa is granted. If you submit your application in Australia, you must be in Australia when this visa is granted.
In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than 2 years from when you submit your application. However, you may be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual 2-year waiting period if at the time you apply you meet certain criteria.
(Info here are from VISA BUREAU, MILES travel Agency, and a reliable friend living in Australia)