Partner Visa: Onshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 820 and 801)
About this Visa
This visa allows you to enter or remain in Australia on the basis of your married or de facto relationship with your partner:
- on a temporary visa (usually for a waiting period of approximately two years from the date you applied for the visa)
- on a permanent visa if, after the waiting period (if applicable), your partner relationship still exists and you are still eligible for this visa.
Your partner must provide sponsorship for you.
This visa is for you if you want to enter Australia on the basis of your relationship with your partner. Your partner must be one of the following:
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- an eligible New Zealand citizen.
Note: As the partner or fiancé of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you do not have an automatic right of permanent residence in Australia. If you want to reside permanently in Australia you must first apply for a permanent visa and be assessed against the legal criteria for the grant of that visa.
There is an application charge for this visa. This will usually not be refunded if your application is unsuccessful, or if you decide to withdraw your application after you have lodged it. The application charge covers you and all family members included in your application.
See: Visa Charges ( 84KB PDF file)
The table below gives a summary of what you can do in Australia if you have a temporary or permanent Partner visa.
|Visa type||What you can do in Australia|
Partner temporary visa (subclass 820)
Partner permanent visa (subclass 801)
Note: You may also be eligible to enrol in Medicare, if you are married and have applied for, but not yet been granted, this visa.