Partner visas are available for people who are either legally married or in a de facto relationship (including same-sex relationship) with an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen in the categories of:
This visa allows the visa holder to enter or remain in Australia on the basis of their married or de-facto relationship with a partner:
- on a temporary visa (usually for a waiting period of approximately two years from the date of application)
- on a permanent visa if, after the waiting period (if applicable), the relationship still exists and the applicant is still eligible for this visa.
Applicants must have been in the relationship for a minimum of 12 months prior to the application being made, and need to be sponsored by their partner.
Fiancé (Prospective marriage)
This visa can only be applied for outside of Australia. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have met their fiancé in person and have a genuine intention to marry. Applicants must marry within nine months of being granted a prospective marriage visa.
The applicant must be sponsored by their partner.
Holders of prospective marriage visas will be eligible to apply for a partner visa.