Do you want to come to Australia to live with your Australian partner? Or are you already in Australia living with your partner and you wish to remain in Australia permanently?
Partner visa applications are truly extensive. The information below is a brief outline of the partner visa application process and what is required
An Australian citizen or permanent resident may be able to sponsor their non-Australian citizen partner for a temporary or permanent partner visa. A non-Australian citizen partner can be either the spouse or de-facto of the Australian sponsor.
A spouse is a married partner, while de-facto is a non-married partner who meets the immigration law definition of de-facto.
The immigration law definition of what is a de-facto partner is detailed and is prescribed in the Migration Regulations. In summary, the immigration definition of de-facto relationship is that the couple have been living together for at least 12 months as a committed couple to the exclusion of all others. The 12 month living together requirement may be overcome (in some circumstances) if the de-facto relationship has been registered. Check out the relevant State or Territory Births Deaths & Marriages Registry to see what the requirements are where you live to register a de-facto relationship.
Both spouse and de-facto can include same-sex partners.
A marriage certificate or a registered relationship certificate on its own will not get you a partner visa. We have had genuine married couples come to us with a partner visa refusal (see example at the bottom of this page). A marriage certificate or a registered relationship certificate tick one box. There are many other boxes to be ticked. For example, there are what’s known as the ‘4 pillars’.
Partner visa applications will be assessed against what’s known as ‘the 4 pillars’, which are:
This shows that you and your spouse/partner share financial commitments and responsibilities.
This shows that you and your spouse/partner share responsibilities within your household.
This shows how your relationship is viewed by your friends and family
This shows that you and your spouse/partner are mutually committed.
With a partner visa application, there are actually two applications. There is the partner visa application which is lodged by the visa applicant and there is also the sponsorship application which is lodged by the Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Both applicants are comprehensive.
Many partner visa applications are refused. Many partner visa application clients are unaware of the comprehensive detailed evidence that is required to support a partner visa application. Unfortunately, the Department of Home Affairs website does not include the policy which the Department assesses applications against (we have access to the Department’s policy).
Not supplying all of the required documents can lead to a very lengthy visa process, stress and possibly a visa refusal.
At Gay Immigration Lawyers, we understand the importance of having your partner become a permanent resident and ultimately a citizen. Our goal is to get your partner visa application right for the first time which will save you:
When assisting clients with partner visa applications, the bulk of our work is in preparing a Statutory Declaration for the visa applicant and also a Statutory Declaration for the Australian sponsor. Our Statutory Declarations tie all of your evidence together and we aim for the Statutory Declarations to be between 14 – 17 pages each (this is not including attached evidence). Our most enthusiastic client to date managed a 52 page Statutory Declaration! A lot of time and effort goes into our Statutory Declarations.
We take care and pride in helping our partner visa clients achieve the visa result that they need.
The current Department of Home Affairs partner visa processing fee is $7,715. Our current standard partner visa application professional fees are $4,900 (plus GST if applicable).
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03 9419 6066.