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Date last modified: 04 July 2022
The following information is intended for Australian and New Zealand citizens applying to sponsor their partner for a permanent visa.
Before sponsoring your partner you should read the partner visa information on the Home Affairs website to help with the application.
Sponsoring your partner
You can sponsor your spouse, de facto or same-sex partner for a permanent visa if you are either an:
- Australian citizen;
- Australian permanent resident; or
- Protected Special Category Visa-holder.
Partner Migration visas are usually processed in two stages:
- initially, your partner will be granted a temporary visa, subclass 820
- after 18 months to two years they will be granted a permanent visa, subclass 801
Regardless of whether you are married or in a de facto relationship you will be required to provide evidence of your relationship, such as:
- joint bank account(s)
- shared property ie a lease agreement, mortgage or car loan
- children’s birth certificates
- photos of you with your partner and extended families over a period of time
You will need to include certified copies of your supporting documents, such as birth certificates and passport photo pages, with your application. Do not send original documents.
Including your children
Children must be aged under 23 to be included on a Partner Migration Visa application. Children aged 18 to 23 must be in full time study, or unable to work due to a disability, and financially dependent upon the sponsoring parent. There can also be no more than six months between leaving school and commencing full time study.
Find out more about including dependent children in your application.
The Partner Migration Visa fee is $8,085. Note: you pay for the temporary and the permanent visa at the same time.
Arranging a health examination
Health examination results are valid for 12 months, Home Affairs will contact you to request a health examination.
Requesting your criminal conviction history
You will need to obtain your New Zealand criminal records if you or your partner were aged over 18 when you came to Australia. Use the form Requesting your own criminal conviction history from outside NZ.
Tick the box for a full Criminal Record. On the form it says you shouldn’t give the form to a third party but it’s ok to give Home Affairs a certified copy. Requesting your records is free and it remains valid for six months. It should take 1-3 months to be processed and sent to you.
Applications should be made online using your ImmiAccount. Paper applications attract an additional $80 non-internet application fee. You should be in Australia when you apply for this visa.
Sponsors and applicants are required to submit a number of documents including identity documents, proof of relationship, character assessments and police certificates. Refer to Step 2 Gather your documents for details.
The Department of Home Affairs reports processing times for Temporary Partner visa (820) and Permanent Partner visa (801) applications on its website. Ensure you provide adequate supporting documents and proof of your relationship.
New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa (461), a temporary visa valid for five years.
Have a question?
Phone the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 81 or contact them via social media. Please do not provide your personal details on a public forum.
Thank you for your support.
The above “Sponsoring your Partner” information should not be relied on as an alternative to advice from the Department of Home Affairs, or a professional immigration services provider.
If you have any specific questions about an immigration matter, you should consult the Department of Home Affairs or a professional immigration services provider.