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Partner Visas and Subsequent Entrant Visas

Are you considering applying for a Partner visa to bring your Spouse to Australia? In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of Partner visas nd Subsequent Entrant Visas available, the eligibility requirements, and the application process.


There are different visa pathways available under the partner visa program. There is a difference between the onshore and offshore lodgment of partner visa applications. Primarily there are three visa options available under the partner visa program:


  1. Prospective Marriage SC300 Visa

  2. Partner Visa SC 309 – Offshore – Temporary

  3. Partner Visa SC 820 – Onshore – Temporary



A Prospective Marriage Visa is for applicants who intend to get married in Australia. Once the Prospective Marriage SC 300 visa is granted, the applicant has nine months to marry their partner in Australia. With SC 300 visa, the applicant has multiple entries, can study or work in Australia, and can submit a Partner visa application after the marriage with the partner.


Partner SC 309 visa application is an offshore Partner visa application. The visa has a two-stage process for the Permanent Residency pathway. At the grant of the first stage of the SC309 visa, the applicant can enter Australia and live with their partner or Spouse. With SC 309 visa, the applicant can work, study in Australia, and enroll in Medicare. The applicant can apply for a Permanent SC 100 visa in the second stage. To be eligible for an SC309 visa, the applicant must be in a genuine relationship with an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Eligible New Zealand Citizen.


Partner SC 820 visa application is an onshore Partner visa application. The visa has a two-stage process for the Permanent Residency pathway. The applicant can work and study in Australia and can enroll in Medicare. The applicant can apply for a Permanent SC 801 visa in the second stage. To be eligible for an SC820 visa, the applicant must be in a genuine relationship with an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Eligible New Zealand Citizen.


Some common other types of partner visas, or what we also call subsequent entrant or dependent visas, are for the Spouse of a:

  • 485 Temporary Graduate visa,

  • Student visa Subclass 500

  • 408 visa

  • 482 Temporary Skills shortage Employer sponsored visa

  • 491 Skilled regional visa

  • 494 Skilled Regional Employer sponsored visa


In all types of Partner visas or dependent visas for the Spouse, it is very important to meet the four pillars of a relationship:


Finances

Evidence you and your partner share financial matters. Evidence can include:

  • joint mortgage or lease documents

  • joint loan documents for major assets like homes, cars, or major appliances

  • joint bank account statements

  • household bills in both names.


Your household

Evidence you and your partner share domestic matters. Evidence can include:

  • a statement about how you share housework

  • household bills in both names

  • mail or emails addressed to you both

  • documents that show joint responsibility for children

  • documents that prove your living arrangements.


Social matters

Evidence that others know about your relationship. Evidence can also include:

  • joint invitations or evidence you go out together

  • proof you have friends in common

  • proof you have told the government, public or commercial bodies about your relationship

  • proof you do joint sporting, cultural, or social activities together

  • proof you travel together.


Commitment

Evidence you are committed to a long-term relationship with each other. Evidence must show that you:

  • know each other’s background, family situation, or other personal details.

  • have combined your matters

  • stay in touch when apart

  • are not related by family.


Partner visas have a long and complicated application process. The requirement of documents and information may vary with each individual and couple and their circumstances. We will assess your current situation and advise on the best possible option available to you. Book a consultation with us.

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