Partner or Spouse migration allows Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens to sponsor their partner (spouse, fiancé, defacto or interdependent partner) to migrate to Australia.
To be eligible for a spouse visa, you must be married, engaged to be married, in a defacto or interdependent relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
In addition to this, your relationship must be genuine and ongoing and you must have a mutual commitment to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others.
There are two different types of visas available under the Partner visa category:
Spouse / De facto Visa
In order to qualify for a spouse visa, you must be either legally married to, or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. To meet the requirements for a defacto relationship, in most cases you must have been living together in a spouse relationship for a minimum period of 12 months.
In order to qualify for a fiancé visa, among other things, you must be engaged to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. A fiancé visa application visa can not be lodged in Australia. Once approved, you must marry your spouse within 9 months of the initial fiancé visa being granted.
Does my partner have to be an Australian citizen?
Your partner must be either an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. Find out more
Key people for Partner Visas
Vanessa De Pretis
Senior Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 1388116
Vanessa is a registered migration agent and project coordinator at Migration Solutions. She specialises in family visas and migration appeal process.
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Migration Solutions in the media
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