Partner & Family Visas for Australia
If either your spouse, or defacto partner has Australian or eligible New Zealand citizenship, then you may be able to apply for a spouse / partner visa.
Partner migration to Australia
Australia may issue an immigration visa to spouses or de facto partners (people who have been living together for over 12 months) of Australian or eligible New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents. There are many misconceptions about this visa, so do not believe everything you hear about eligibility requirements.
Some people believe the partners of Australian citizens have a right to a spouse visa. But this is not necessarily true if you cannot provide the right evidence that the relationship is genuine.
Others have come to us with the assumption that you need to have a joint bank account with your partner before you are granted a visa. But this is also untrue.
Read this handy article about common misconceptions of spouse visas.
Difficulties obtaining a partner visa
As with all visa applications Australian Immigration Lawyers will ensure you do not make the following mistakes when applying for your partner or spouse visa:
- Withholding vital evidence or providing false evidence
- Not responding in time to Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) questions
- Misunderstanding Australian immigration law or policy
- Getting confused about the correct procedure or requirements
- Applying for the wrong visa
- Mistaking your eligibility for a particular visa
Requirements for the partner migration visa application
To qualify for a partner or spouse visa for Australia, you must provide proof of being married or living de-facto for 12 months in a genuine and ongoing relationship. You will also need proof of your identity and health & good and character.
How long does it take to process a partner/spouse visa?
As visa processing times vary, it’s best to check the following Australian Government resource for an accurate estimated processing time.
Australian Visa & Immigration Service
We are experts at finding the right visa for your situation. We give you advice and the best chance to get your Australian visa.
Listen to Justin Rickard's interview with the BBC World News service in London regarding the changes to the 457 and Citizenship rules announced on the 18th April 2017. For more information on this topic, read our new 457 Changes article.
Migration Advice Plan (MAP)
Cost: $269 (AUD) plus 10% GST for those in Australia
We provide a 60 minute meeting with Attorney Rickard and a written advice plan, including the legal strategy for your strongest visa application and associated costs. If we find that you're not eligible for a visa, we give your money back.
Cost: $2495 (AUD)
We assist you to save money when doing your own application. We provide full legal assistance and up to 3 legal submission templates.
Cost: $4295 (AUD)
We lodge your visa application online for you, and follow through until it is approved. We also offer up to 13 hours of legal assistance for up to 1 year.
Business & Complex Visas
For business migration and or complex cases involving detailed research or evidence gathering fees negotiated case by case.
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