Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) and Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)

Features

The Partner visas (subclasses 309 and 100) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia.

The temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) is processed.



Note: The documents you need to provide can be found under "Follow these steps".

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Eligibility

  • be the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • meet the relationship and other eligibility requirements
  • be outside Australia when you apply for this visa. If you are in Australia, you might be eligible for a Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801).

Length of stay

  • On the temporary 309 visa, you can stay until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).
  • On the permanent 100 visa, you can stay permanently.

Cost

From AUD
6,865

Global processing times

​309: 75 per cent of applications processed in 11 months

100: 75 per cent of applications processed in 14 months

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The process


Obtaining the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) is a two stage process. To be eligible for a permanent partner visa you first need to be granted a temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309). You apply for both the permanent and temporary visas at the same time and pay only one fee. If you are granted the temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309), you are eligible to be assessed for the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) about two years after you lodged your application. You will need to provide further documents for this assessment.

If you have been in a long term relationship before you lodge your application, the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) will be granted immediately after the temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309).

Processing time

Stream75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
​309 - Provisional visa​11 months14 months
​​100 - Permanent visa​14 months22 months

Last updated 17 May 2017 (for month ending 30 April 2017)

Processing times vary.

Long term relationship

If you have been in a long term relationship with your partner, your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) will be granted immediately after the temporary Partner visa (subclass 309).

Eligibility

Age

If you are married, usually you must be 18 or older when you apply. This is because usually, you must be 18 or older for your marriage to be valid under Australian law.

If you are a de facto partner, you must be 18 or older when you apply.

Your relationship

You must be the spouse (married) , or a de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

You might still be eligible if your relationship breaks down after you lodge your application.

Sponsor

You must have a sponsor, who will be your partner, except if your partner is under 18 years of age.

Health

You must meet our health requirement.

Character

You must meet our character requirement.

Debts to the Australian government

You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

Eligibility criteria for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100)

The visa

What you can do

The temporary Partner visa (subclass 309) lets you come to Australia to live until a decision is made on your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

Cost

From AUD 6865.

You pay only one fee, which covers the permanent and the temporary visa, and you pay this when you lodge your application.

Additional family members

There is a fee for any children applying for the visa with you.

Estimate the cost of your application

The visa pricing estimator is an online tool that calculates the total cost of your visa.

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Other costs

If you need to have them, you will have to pay other costs such as those for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Location

You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when a decision is made on the temporary Partner visa (subclass 309).

You can be in or outside Australia when a decision is made on the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

How long the visas lasts

The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is a temporary visa. It lasts from the date it is granted until a decision is made on your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

The Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) is a permanent visa – it lasts indefinitely. It starts on the date it is granted.

Family

You can include your dependent children or stepchildren in your application.

If you are granted the visa, your children will have the same rights and visa conditions as you.

Your obligations

You and your children must comply with Australian laws and your visa conditions.

You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

Sponsors

Eligibility

Usually, a sponsor is the husband, wife or de facto partner of the applicant.

Limitations on sponsorship

You might not be able to be a sponsor if you hold or have held certain visas and certain circumstances apply to you.

Cost

AUD Nil

How long the sponsorship lasts

Your sponsorship ends two years after your partner first enters Australia on their temporary Partner visa (subclass 309).

This is the case even if the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted immediately after the temporary subclass 309 visa is granted.

Sponsor obligations

Sponsors have certain obligations

Follow these steps

  1. Gather documents

  2. Apply

    Apply for the visa online

    You must:

    • Be outside Australia when you apply for the visa
    • have a valid passport.

    Before you start your application, learn:

    Start your application

    If you don’t have an ImmiAccount, you need to create one.

    Create an ImmiAccount

    If you have an ImmiAccount, log in to start your application.

    Log into ImmiAccount

    When you are in ImmiAccount, select New application and then select Family, then Stage 1 – Partner or Prospective Marriage Visa.

    Apply on paper

    You must be outside Australia when you apply for the visa.

    Complete Form 47SP - Application for migration to Australia by a partner (552KB PDF).

    Send the following to your closest immigration office:

    • your visa application form
    • your sponsor’s completed application form (Form 40SP - Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia (255KB PDF))
    • your documents
    • your sponsor’s documents
    • the correct application fee. Information about how to pay.

    Lodge your sponsorship form online

    You can lodge your sponsorship form online after your partner has lodged their visa application and given you their Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or application ID.

    You can lodge the form using your partner’s ImmiAccount or your own ImmiAccount.

    You can apply using your partner’ ImmiAccount or your own ImmiAccount.

    If you or your partner has an ImmiAccount, log in to start your application.

    Log into ImmiAccount

    Or, you can create your own ImmiAccount.

    Create an ImmiAccount

    When you are in ImmiAccount, select New application, then select Family, then Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia.

    Attach your documents when ImmiAccount tells you to.

    Lodge your sponsorship form on paper

    Complete Form 40SP - Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia (255KB PDF).

    Give the completed form and all other documents you need to provide to your partner. Your partner must send all of your documents with their visa application.

  3. Wait for a decision on the temporary visa

    Provide police certificates

    We might ask you to provide police certificates.

    Provide biometrics

    You might need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.

    Get health checks

    You might need to have health checks. We will let you know if you need them. More information is available about health checks.

    Send more information or documents

      If you did not include all documents when you applied, send them as soon as you can:
    • via your ImmiAccount if you applied online
    • via the email address you provided in your application
    • by post.

    We might also ask you to provide more information.

    Tell us of changes

      You need to update us if:
    • there are any changes to your circumstances, for example, change of address or telephone number
    • you made a mistake on your application
    • you need to provide more information
    • you want to withdraw your application.

    More information is available in the Tell Us of Changes tab.

    Adding children

    You can add dependent children to your visa application before we make a decision on your visa. Send us a completed Form 1436 - Adding an additional applicant after lodgement (364 KB PDF) or attach it to your ImmiAccount.

    More information is available about including family members in your application, including newborn children.

  4. Stay on the temporary visa

    There are things you should know and do if you are granted the temporary Partner visa (subclass 309).

    Your obligations

    You and your children must comply with Australian laws and your visa conditions. You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

    Do not get another visa

    To get the permanent visa, you must have a valid temporary Partner visa (subclass 309). If you are granted any other visa, the new visa will replace your temporary Partner visa (subclass 309) and you will not be eligible for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

    New Zealand passport holders

    If you leave Australia and re-enter on a New Zealand passport, you must let immigration officers at the border know that you hold a Partner visa. If you do not do this, you might be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) and you will not be eligible for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

    Tell us of changes

    Keep your details up to date, and tell us about any changes to your circumstances.

    If you have changed your contact details and do not let us know, you might not be granted the permanent visa.

    Travel outside Australia

    You can travel outside Australia as many times as you want on the temporary Partner visa (subclass 309) but you must let us know your travel plans before you leave Australia.

    Adding children

    You can add a dependent child to your visa application at any time before your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted. The child must:

    Add dependents via your ImmiAccount or complete Form 1436 - Adding an additional applicant after lodgement (364 KB PDF).

    Children coming to Australia must meet our health requirement. Children coming to Australia must also meet our character requirement if they are 16 or older.

    More information is available about including family members in your application, including newborn children.

    If your relationship ends

    If the relationship with your partner has not continued, you might still be eligible for a permanent visa. You will need to contact us in writing. All information you provide to us will remain confidential.

    Information is available about family violence.

  5. Send additional documents for the permanent visa

    When to send your documents

    We will contact you to ask for additional documents about two months before you are eligible to be assessed for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

    You are eligible to be assessed for the visa two years after you lodge your visa application.

    The documents need to show that, since you were granted the temporary visa, your relationship is genuine and has continued.

    Do not send the documents until we ask you to.

    We will not start the assessment until your eligibility date.

    Documents required

    Documents required for the permanent visa are available from the Permanent Partner Calculator.

    How to send your documents

    Send the documents online

    Even if you applied for the visa on paper, you can send the documents for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) online if you know your Application ID.

    In the My applications tab, select Family and then Stage 2 – Permanent Partner Visa Assessment.

    Send the documents by post

    Send documents to our Visa and Citizenship Office in Brisbane. Include your full name, date of birth and File Reference Number (FRN) or client ID.

    Do not send by email.

Tell us of changes

How to tell us of changes

To send us forms, other documents or information:

  • if you applied online, send them via your ImmiAccount
  • if you applied on a paper form:
    • by email using the email address you provided in your application
    • by post.

Changes to your circumstances

    Changes in circumstances include, but are not limited to:
  • telephone number
  • address
  • passport
  • birth of a child.

Update your contact details and passport number via your ImmiAccount or complete Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (266 KB PDF).

Mistakes on your visa application

Tell us if there are any mistakes in your application.

Complete Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF).

Withdrawing your visa application

Withdrawing your sponsorship

You can withdraw your sponsor form at any time before we make a decision on the permanent visa.

End of the relationship

Tell us if your relationship changes or ends by contacting us in writing. Depending on your circumstances, you might still be eligible for the visa. Information is available about family violence.

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