Love has no boundaries. Australia is one of the most multicultural societies in the world in is a country that embraces love in all shapes and forms. However, sponsoring your partner to Australia (or being sponsored by your partner) can be a stressful and time consuming process. Gogozing Migration understands the difficulties couples are faced with when dealing with the Australian immigration authorities. If you’re looking for a migration agency with experience with Australia partner visas, then look no further.
Many couples ask the question about why they need an agent for something that is straight forward as a Partner visa. The information on the Department of Immigration & Border Protection website doesn’t generally offer the full picture to prospective migrants and when lodging an application it’s up to the applicants to build a strong case and provide sufficient evidence of their genuine and ongoing relationship.
What’s important to note is the decisions you make early on in the process may bear implications on your application further down the track.
While following the information on the immigration website can be helpful, that the information is general and from experience we’ve learnt that each partner visa applicant’s situation is unique. Very rarely will there be couples with a straightforward case. Some of the questions we get regularly include:
- what happens if we do not live together?
- do we apply onshore or offshore?
- what about same-sex relationships?
- what happens if the applicant has a criminal record?
- Can my partner work while waiting for the outcome?
WHO CAN APPLY FOR AN AUSTRALIAN PARTNER VISA?
Married partners (opposite-sex spouses) and de facto (unmarried) partners, including those in a same-sex relationship, of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen may be granted a visa to enter Australia and remain permanently under the partner category.
Couples are required to provide supporting evidence to prove that they meet the eligibility criteria.
WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ELIGIBLE SPONSOR?
Partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens may apply to enter and/or remain permanently in Australia. Partners include:
- a fiancé or fiancée
- a married partner
- a de facto partner
- a same‐sex partner
CHOOSING THE MOST APPROPRIATE PARTNER / SPOUSE VISA
The applicant’s unique circumstances will determine which Australian visa within the partner category is most appropriate. If you unsure about your eligibility for a partner / spouse visa we recommend completing an online assessment or booking a consultation with us.
MIGRATING TO AUSTRALIA ON A PARTNER VISA
The partner visa category is one of the most common pathways for immigration to Australia. While this a common pathway for people to migrate to Australia it also has a long waiting period of 12-16months. Upon success grant of a partner visa, the applicant will be given a temporary visa to reside in Australia with their partner, which may lead to permanent residence in Australia after an initial two year period. To be granted a permanent visa, the couple must be able to provide evidence of your ongoing commitment to one another.