Partner Visa (Subclass 820)
With this visa you can
Stay on the partner visa (subclass 820) until a decision is made on your permanent visa (subclass 801) application.
For most applicants, this stay is from 15 to 24 months.
Applicants who have been in a long-term relationship before they apply might not have to stay on the subclass 820 visa at all. They may be granted the permanent visa immediately after the grant of the temporary subclass 820 visa.
Include dependent children
You can include a dependent child or children in your application:
These dependants must:
You can also add a dependent child after we grant the temporary visa.
Prospective Marriage visa holders
Applicants who hold or have held a Prospective Marriage visa can also include a member of the family unit in their application. You can’t add these family members after you submit your application.
Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) holders:
AUD1285 for the main applicant.
If you previously held a Prospective Marriage visa but didn’t apply for the subclass 820 and 801 visas before that visa expired: AUD1630.
Dependent Child visa (subclass 445) holders: nil.
Most other applicants: AUD7715 for the main applicant.
The cost covers this temporary visa and the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).
There is also a fee for each family member that applies for the partner visa (subclass 820) with you.
You might also have to pay other costs such as those for health checks, biometrics and police certificates.
To work out how much your visa will cost, use the Visa pricing estimator. The estimator does not consider the other costs.
You and any family member or dependent child applying with you must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for this visa and when a decision is made on your temporary visa application.
Your application can take longer to process if:
You and your family must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.
You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.
Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.
Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal health care agreement.
Private health insurance
You can get Australian residents’ private health insurance if you have:
You can travel outside Australia as many times as you want.
Not had a visa cancelled or an application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.
In most cases, you must be the spouse or de facto partner of an:
Your relationship can be with someone of the same or different sex.
You might still be eligible for the partner visa (subclass 820) if your relationship breaks down or your sponsor dies while we are considering your application.
To be a married applicant:
To find out if your marriage is valid under Australian law, contact the relevant state or territory agency for births, deaths and marriages.
De facto partners
To be a de facto partner, you must be in a de facto relationship.
Usually your de facto relationship must have existed for at least 12 months immediately before you apply for the visa. Time spent dating or in an online relationship might not count as being in a de facto relationship.
The 12-month requirement will not apply if you can show compelling and compassionate circumstances exist to grant the subclass 820 visa.
The 12-month requirement also will not apply if:
It also will not apply if you:
You might still be granted the temporary visa if your relationship has broken down or if your sponsor died.
You and anyone who applies for the partner visa (subclass 820) with you must have a sponsor when you lodge your application and when you are on this visa.
Your sponsor is usually your partner.
Your sponsor should be approved. There are limitations on approval.
You can’t change your sponsor. The person who sponsors you when you apply for the partner visa (subclass 820) must be same person who sponsors you for 2 years after the grant of your temporary 820 Partner visa.
Married applicants must usually, be 18 or older when they apply. This is because usually, you must be 18 or older to be married under Australian law.
Applicants in de facto relationships must be 18 or older when they apply.
You, and any members of the family unit or dependent child who applies for the partner visa (subclass 820) with you, must meet health requirement. Family members who don’t accompany you to Australia might also need to meet health requirement.
You, and any members of the family unit or dependent child who applies for the partner visa (subclass 820) with you, must meet character requirement.
If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the partner visa (subclass 820) with you owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.