The Partner visas (subclasses 309 and 100) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to 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.
You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen
Your marriage must be valid under Australian law. This means you must have parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years of age.
You must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.
LENGTH OF STAY
- On the temporary 309 visa, you can stay until a decision has been made about your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).
- On the permanent visa you can stay permanently.