AMS Migration Services
The Specialists in Australian Migration
As a partner of an Australian citizen, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizen, you do not have an automatic right of permanent residence in Australia. You must apply and be assessed against the legal criteria for the grant of a partner visa.
Australia's Partner migration programme allows for the eventual grant of a visa that permits spouses, de facto partners and interdependent partners (including those in a same-sex relationship) to enter and remain permanently in Australia.
How do Partner Visas Work?
Initially partners who meet the criteria are granted a temporary visa. Later, a permanent visa would be granted following an eligibility period or, if there is a long-standing relationship or children of the relationship, soon after grant of the temporary visa.
Partner migration also allows for the temporary entry to Australia of intended spouses (fiancee's) of Australian citizens and permanent residents in order for a marriage to take place in Australia. After which the process is as above for partner visas.
There are 3 types of partner visas: Prospective Marriage visa, Spouse visa and Interdependency visa. The type of partner visa for which you should apply depends on the type of relationship you are in.
What is Required to Apply for a Partner Visa?
If you want to apply for a partner visa, you must be sponsored by a person (usually your partner) who is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who can satisfy the legal requirements for being a sponsor.
You must also meet the health and character criteria. In addition, an assurance of support may be requested in respect of you and any dependent children included in your application.
Most importantly you must be able to prove a genuine relationship with your partner to the satisfaction of the Department of Immigration, even if you are married to your sponsor. This is often the most difficult aspect and one which AMS Migration Services is well placed to advise and assist you with.
What Do I Do Next?
The next step you need to take towards realising your dream of migration to Australia with your partner is to go to our free assessment page, complete the questionnaire as fully as possible, and I will send you, free of charge, an assessment of your eligibility for an Australian Partner visa, or any other type of Australian visa. Included in the assessment will be details of costs, our professional fees, and what to do next.