Securing Your Future Together in Australia: Applying for a Partner Visa Onshore


For partners of Australian permanent residents or citizens who are living together in Australia, the main visa option is the onshore Partner visa (subclass 820/801). This allows couples who have built their relationship in Australia to apply for temporary then permanent residence.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the onshore partner visa, the applicant must show:

  • They are in a spouse or de facto relationship with an Australian sponsor
  • Their relationship is genuine and continuing
  • They have been together for at least 12 months when applying
  • Both partners are aged 18+ years and able to legally marry
  • They meet health, character, and national security criteria

The Australian sponsor must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen
  • Be usually resident in Australia
  • Be 18+ years old
  • Provide relationship statements and proof of financial support

Application Process

  • Submit extensive relationship evidence like shared bills, photos, travel records
  • Complete medical examination and potentially an interview
  • Undergo character assessment through police checks
  • Case officer judges authenticity of relationship
  • If approved, receive grant of 820 temporary visa
  • Must inform of address changes and relationship status
  • Can apply for 801 permanent visa after 2 years on 820 visa

The onshore partner visa provides a pathway for couples already united in Australia to formalize their de facto relationship or marriage and secure permanent residency rights.


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