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Spouse Visa

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

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Types of Partner Visas

There are two types of Partner Visas :
Prospective Marriage visa and Partner visa. 
The type of relationship you are in dictates the type of visa you can apply.

1. If you intend to marry have a fiancé(e) but you are not yet married you will need to apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa.
2. If you are married and are in a de jure (legally married) relationship you will need to apply for a Partner Visa.
3. If you are in a de facto relationship you will need to apply for a Partner Visa.

If you are a spouse or a partner of a foreign country you should note that you do not have an automatic right to citizenship. You need to satisfy the eligibility criteria as other applicants to apply for the citizenship of that country.

Basic requirements for a partner visa

  1. You must be either married or in a de-facto relationship.
  2. Be a permanent resident; or
  3. Be an eligible citizen.
  4. All Partner (Spouse) visa applicants must be sponsored by their partner who must be at least 18 years of age.
  5. To be considered for a Partner (Spouse) visa your marriage must be recognized and be legal under the law.

How long does it take to get a partner visa?

A typical Partner Visa applicant will have to wait for 12 - 18 months before the temporary partner visa is granted,  and wait for another 6 - 12 months before you can apply for a permanent partner visa.

Documents required for a partner visa

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Medical Certificate
  3. Financial documents
  4. Proof of the sponsor's country's citizenship or permanent residence
  5. Police clearance certificate, if applicable
  6. Prior-marriage termination papers, if applicable
  7. Court, police, and violation records, if applicable
  8. Immigration violation records, if applicable
  9. Current/expired country's visa(s)
  10. Military records, if applicable