Partner Visa

Partner Visa Subclass 820 (Temporary) And Subclass 801

Partner Visa Subclass 820 (Temporary) And Subclass 801

The visa categories are designed for people who wish to come and settle in Australia as a spouse or de-facto partner of an eligible Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident. While the subclass 820 visa is designed as a primary stage of a partner visa, the subclass 801 visa is the next stage where the partner can stay in the country indefinitely.

If you have specific questions on either partner visa 820, visa 801, or both, contact us and discuss this with our partner visa consultants. With many years of providing this service and being up to date with the latest immigration rules and procedures, our visa consultants will guide you to choose the right visa option based on your specific needs.

Why Apply for a Subclass 820 Or Subclass 801?

While the subclass 801 visa is your visa for Permanent Residency, the subclass 820 visa is the primary step to get a subclass 801 visa or Permanent Residency. With these partner visas, you can:

  • Stay in Australia permanently (subclass 801) or while a permanent visa is being processed (subclass 820)
  • Study in the country
  • Work in the country
  • Enrol in the public healthcare scheme of Australia
  • Leave and return to the country as many times as you want
  • Sponsor a visa option for any member of your family unit to Australia (only for subclass 801)
  • If eligible, apply for citizenship (only for subclass 801)
  • Enrol for a free English class (if eligible) offered by the Adult Migrant English Program

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    What Are The Requirements For Subclass 801 & 820 Partner Visas?

    To become eligible for a subclass 801 or 820 visa, you should meet all the following temporary and permanent partner visa conditions set by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA):

    • The applicant should have a partner temporary visa (subclass 820) or a valid dependent child visa (subclass 445) – applicable only for subclass 801 processing.
    • The applicant must be the spouse or de-facto partner of an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia.
    • The applicant, as well as their Australian partner, must be committed to having a shared life.
    • The marriage that the subclass visa application filed is related to must be valid according to Australian laws.
    • The relationship between the applicant and their partner must be genuine and continuing.
    • The applicant must be 18 years old or older at the time of application.
    • The applicant should have a sponsor to take care of the financial obligations during their stay in the country. The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen, or permanent resident of Australia.
    • The applicant should meet all the character and health requirements according to the visa conditions.
    • The applicant or their family should ensure that they pay back any liability due to the Australian government or make arrangements to repay any debts.
    • The applicant must abide by Australian laws.
    • To ensure a positive visa processing outcome, the DHA will use the evidence provided to grant the visa in the applicant’s best interest.

    Both the 801 and 820 visas are onshore visas, which means the applicant must be present in the country when applying. For 801 visas, once approved, the applicant gets the right to live in Australia permanently, with their right to travel being valid for five years.

    According to the immigration regulations, de-facto partners are:

    • Not married to each other
    • Not related by family
    • Committed to a shared life with each other (to the exclusion of all others)
    • Living together, or planning to live together permanently

    When it comes to the partner visa 820 requirement, the applicant should not have a history of cancelled or rejected visas. Such issues can lead to the non-consideration of visa application during the processing stage.

    The Australian visa and immigration application processes are often confusing. Even the omission of minute details and minor errors can lead to a delay in visa processing or end up with the rejection of the application. At Southern Stone, our team of immigration consultants have several years of experience in helping our clients to choose the right visa stream based on their expectations. Connect with us today to discuss your immigration requirements, including subclass 801 visa to citizenship process, with our visa consultants to make the transition stress-free with the desired outcome. Other than this we also offer partner visa offshore, skilled independent visasubclass 190employer sponsored visa, partner visa,  and more.

    How To Apply For A Partner Visa

    Before applying for a subclass 801 or subclass 820 visa, the applicant must ensure that:

    • They hold valid passport. If not, apply for a fresh passport before beginning the application process.
    • Gather all the required evidence, documents, and information. All documentary proofs for the visa stream must be collected and analysed as part of the visa application. The evidence and documents must complement the facts and information provided in the application form.
    • If the candidate plans to include their family members in the visa application form, they must also gather documentary proof to support the application.

    The duly filled visa application form should then be filed with the DHA, and the requisite fee must be paid. The fee must be paid in full to ensure the timely processing of the application.

    The DHA will communicate the status of the visa processing at regular intervals and update the final visa decision to the registered email of the applicant. If there is a rejection, they will also include the rationale for the decision to the applicant.

    Talk to our visa consultants today and get professional guidance and help in every aspect of visa application and processing. We will learn your priorities, go through your profile and documents, and work with you to ensure a favourable visa outcome. Schedule an appointment with our visa consultants for a hassle-free partner visa 801 or partner visa 820 processing.

    Processing Time for Subclass 801 and 820 Visas

    There is no fixed timeframe for processing subclass 801 and 820 visas. The processing time for these partner visas varies from person to person based on their individual profile requirements. However, you can get an idea about the processing time by going through the following facts:

    • Almost 75 percent of visa applications are processed within a year
    • 90 percent of applications are processed within 1.5 years

    Talk to an expert visa consultant at Southern Stone to learn about the visa processing time and tips to make the processing as quick as possible. The common reasons for different visa processing times for subclass 801 and 820 visas are the following:

    • Sometimes, the DHA may uphold a thorough assessment policy, and this can result in a longer processing time than normal
    • When additional details and information required
    • To verify the supporter’s or sponsor’s details

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    Applying for the right visa stream according to your preference is not a simple job. It requires a proper understanding of relevant laws, procedures, and segments, especially if you want to apply for both visas simultaneously. Understanding the rules and fulfilling the conditions and regulations are critical to getting the visa approved while processing.

    Getting the assistance of expert visa consultants is the best and most hassle-free way to file the application with the DHA for seamless processing. Our subclass 801 and 820 visa consultants are excited to work with you and help you ensure a streamlined visa application process and a desired outcome. Avoid dealing with all the hassles of the visa application process with the help of our Migration Agent In Melbourne. Contact us on 1300 188 999 to book an appointment with our visa consultants.


    1. What is a permanent partner visa?

    The Permanent Partner 801 Visa allows a spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to stay in Australia permanently. This visa is issued to people who currently hold a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820). Once you secure a permanent partner visa, you may live, work and study in the country indefinitely. Also, you can sponsor eligible family members to visit you in Australia. Depending on your eligibility, you may also apply for Australian Citizenship. To know the details for the 801 visa to Citizenship, feel free to speak to our immigration experts, who can guide you with all the details.

    2. Is a 820 partner visa is permanent residency

    The Subclass Visa 820 is a temporary visa that allows de-factor partners and spouses of Australian citizens, eligible New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents to come to the country to be with their partner temporarily. The 820 visa serves as a primary stage of a partner visa, and the next stage is the subclass 801 visa. This is a permanent visa allowing partners to live in Australia permanently. When applying for Partner Visa Subclass 801, applicants do not have to pay an additional fee. There are many requirements for acquiring the 820 partner visa and then the 801 partner visa. Speak to us, and we can make the application process simpler for you.

    3. What happens after your 820 visa is granted?

    Once an applicant secures the temporary 820 visa, they become eligible for the permanent 801 visas. However, the applicant becomes eligible for a permanent visa only after two years of acquiring the temporary visa. Therefore, it is essential to submit additional documents for the authorities to examine your eligibility for the permanent visa. With the 820 visas, applicants can stay, work and study in Australia. Also, they can travel to and from Australia as often as they want. During their stay, they may attend free English language classes offered by the Adult Migrant English Program, depending on their eligibility. The visa also permits them to apply for access to Australia’s public health care scheme.

    4. How long does a 820 visa last?

    The Partner Subclass 820 Visa is a temporary visa, allowing visa holders to stay in Australia right from the date their visa is granted until a decision is made on your permanent Partner Subclass 801 Visa. However, applicants can apply for a permanent visa only after staying for 24 months in the country. Once the applicant secures the subclass 801 visa, they can stay in Australia permanently. To know more about the partner subclass 820 and 801 visas, contact our immigration consultants. Our experts will share all the details regarding the visa process, duration and rights you will enjoy with these visas.

    5. How long does a temporary partner visa take to process?

    The time taken for a temporary partner visa to process may depend from case to case. In some cases, the applicants receive an answer within six months, while others may have to wait for more than a year to receive a response. The average processing time for a temporary partner visa is six months for 25% of visa applications, 11 months for 50% of visa applications, 17 months for 75%, and 23 months for 90% of visa applications. Therefore, whether you will receive a reply in 6 months or 23 months will depend on your case. All you can do is submit the required documents and wait patiently for an answer.

    6. What documents are required for 820 visa?

    There’s a big Subclass 820 application document checklist. The applicant has to submit two forms, Form 80 and Form 888, along with personal documents like a passport biodata page, two passport size photos, a full birth certificate of the applicant and all dependants, other identity evidence like a family book, court issues documents, marriage certificate (if applicable), divorce certificate (where relevant), death certificate for widow/widower, military discharge papers, evidence of joint financial commitments, evidence of joint memberships of organisations of groups, detailed relationship statements for you and your partner, and more. To get a complete list of required documents for Partner Visa 820 processing, connect with our immigration consultants.

    7. Can you apply for citizenship on 801 visa?

    The permanent visa 801 is obtained after acquiring the 820 visa. Once you have stayed in the country for a period of 2 years, you can apply for the 801 visa. The permanent 801 visa is valid for five years; after completing 4 years, you may obtain Australian Citizenship. The citizenship requirements include passing a citizenship test unless you are 60 or above. Also, you must not have stayed outside Australia for more than 12 months during the last 4 years on your 801 visa. If you want more information on acquiring Citizenship when on an 801 visa, feel free to speak to our consultants.

    8. How long does it take from 820 to 801?

    The current processing time for Subclass 820 is about 23 to 27 months, and Subclass 801 is 11 to 22 months. In some instances, DoHA may grant the Subclass 801 visa as you have already waited for a period of two years. However, suppose you do not receive the Subclass 801 visa immediately after being granted the Subclass 820 visa. In that case, you will have to submit additional documents to DoHA as proof of genuineness and continuity of the relationship. Therefore, the wait for a subclass 801 may range from 2 to 3.5 years.

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