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Spouse Visa

Updated: Mar 26, 2024

Spouse Visa, also known as Partner Visa, allows married and de facto (opposite and same-sex) partners of citizens, permanent residents, or qualified nationals to enter and stay in the country.

The visa is normally issued temporarily, then two years later the application is examined, and if considered legitimate, a permanent visa is provided. Under some conditions, a residence spouse visa may be applied for immediately.

Many individuals may still refer to the visa as the Spouse Visa, even though it is now known as the Partner Visa (as previously stated), therefore it is critical to realize that it is connected to visas for partners or significant others, whether they are husbands or wives.

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





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