Spouse Visa also referred to as Partner Visa allows married and de facto (opposite and same-sex) partners of the country's citizens, permanent residents or eligible citizens to enter and remain in the country.
The visa is typically granted as a temporary visa, and two years after lodging the relationship the application is reassessed, and if deemed genuine, a permanent visa is granted. A residency spouse visa can be applied straight away under some circumstances.
Many people may still refer to the visa as the Spouse Visa although it is now termed as Partner Visa (as mentioned earlier), so it is important to understand that it is related to visas for partners or significant others whether they be husbands or wives.
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
You must be either married or in a de-facto relationship.
Be a permanent resident; or
Be an eligible citizen.
All Partner (Spouse) visa applicants must be sponsored by their partner who must be at least 18 years of age.
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
Proof of the sponsor's country's citizenship or permanent residence
Police clearance certificate, if applicable
Prior-marriage termination papers, if applicable
Court, police, and violation records, if applicable