Partner Visa Subclass 820

Partner Visa Subclass 820

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia until a decision is made on your permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 801) or that application is withdrawn
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
  • attend up to 510 hours of free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): How long you can stay

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:

  • when you submit your application, or
  • after you submit your application but before a decision is made on your temporary visa

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.

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Cost

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.

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Apply from

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.

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Processing times

Your application can take longer to process if:

  • you don’t fill it in correctly
  • you don’t include all required documents or more information is needed from you
  • it takes time to verify your information

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Your obligations

You and your family must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

See what conditions might be attached to this visa.

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Adequate health insurance

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:

  • an interim (blue) Medicare card
  • a full (green) Medicare card

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Travel

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.

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Meet relationship requirements

In most cases, you must be the spouse or de facto partner of an:

  • Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent resident or
  • eligible New Zealand citizen

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.

Married applicants

To be a married applicant:

  • you and your spouse must both be committed to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others
  • your relationship with your spouse must be genuine and continuing
  • you must live with your spouse or do not live apart on a permanent basis
  • your marriage must be valid under Australian law

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.

  • you and your partner are in a de facto relationship if all these apply:
  • you are not married to each other
  • you are committed to a shared life to the exclusion of all others
  • your relationship is genuine and continuing
  • you live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis
  • you are not related by family

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:

  • your partner holds or held a permanent humanitarian visa
  • your de facto relationship existed before their visa was granted
  • your de facto partner told us about the relationship before their visa was granted

It also will not apply if you:

  • are in a de facto relationship with a partner who is an applicant for a permanent humanitarian visa, or
  • you have registered your relationship with an Australian authority such as a registry of births, deaths and marriages

You might still be granted the temporary visa if your relationship has broken down or if your sponsor died.

Have a sponsor

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.

Be the right age

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.

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): 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 health requirement. Family members who don’t accompany you to Australia might also need to meet health requirement.

Partner Visa (Subclass 820): Meet character 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.

Pay your debts to the Australian Government

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.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/partner-onshore/temporary-820#Overview