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Obtaining a partner visa in Australia can be a significant milestone for couples wishing to build a life together in the country. However, the process can be complex and demanding, requiring careful planning and preparation to ensure success. Whether you’re applying for a subclass 820/801 (onshore) or subclass 309/100 (offshore) partner visa, here are key strategies to increase your chances of success. 

Understand the Partner Visa Options

Australia offers various partner visa options, including partner visas for married or de facto couples, and prospective marriage visas for fiancés. Depending on where you are at the time of application, we will be eligible for each type of partner visa.  

If you are in Australia, you will be eligible for Onshore Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 & 801). 

If you are outside Australia, you will be eligible for Offshore Partner Visa (Subclasses 309 & 100). 

If you are outside Australia but want to enter Australia to marry and organise a wedding with your prospective spouse, then the Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) is for you. 

Familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria and requirements for the visa subclass that best suits your relationship status and circumstances. 

Understanding Australia Partner Visa Requirements and Provide Comprehensive Evidence of Relationship  

The specific requirements for each type of Spouse/Prospective Marriage Visa in Australia may vary, but the Department of Home Affairs places great emphasis on the genuineness and continuity of relationships with your partner or prospective spouse.  

A common mistake when applying for a partner visa in Australia is not providing sufficient evidence to demonstrate the genuine nature of the relationship. Hence, in the visa application, you need to provide a wide range of evidence to demonstrate the authenticity and depth of your relationship. This may include: 

joint financial commitments, such as joint mortgage or lease, joint loan documents, joint bank accounts, etc.  

shared living arrangement, such as shared household bills, mails/emails addressed to both of you, joint responsibilities for your children and proof that you are living together.  

joint social activities, such as you have common friends, the evidence that you disclose your relationship to the government body, organisation or public.  

You can provide photos and your social channels in the application to show that you and your partner join social activities together and that your relationship is public to others.   

statements from friends and family supporting your relationship. 

It’s very important to note that you should provide the official evidence of your relationship, such as marriage or de facto certificates to prove that your relationship was already registered under the government bodies.  

Want to learn more about what documentation you need to include in your partner visa and how to prepare a convincing statement for your relationship? Visit our website 

Meet Health and Character Requirements for a Partner visa  

Ensure that both you and your partner meet the health and character requirements set by the Australian government. This may involve undergoing medical examinations and obtaining police clearance certificates from all countries where you have lived for at least 12 months since you turned 16 years old.  

It’s advisable to prepare the police check in advance as obtaining the police check from overseas may take long, sometimes up to 2 months. Therefore, it would be better to address any health or character issues in advance to avoid any delays or complications in your application. 

Submit a Complete and Accurate Partner Visa Application  

Ensure that your visa application is complete, accurate, and well-organized. Follow the instructions provided by the Department of Home Affairs carefully and double-check all forms and supporting documents before submission. Any inconsistencies or omissions could lead to delays or even the refusal of your application. 

The processing time for spouse/partner can be quite lengthy, ranging from 11 months to 32 months depending on your situation and how completeness of your application. Well preparing the application and submitting all the required documents are keys to get the visa grant promptly.  

Communicate Effectively with Immigration Officials  

Keep lines of communication open with the Department of Home Affairs throughout the application process. Respond promptly to any requests for additional information or documentation and provide clear and concise explanations where necessary. Be proactive in addressing any concerns or queries raised by immigration officials. 

Prepare for the Visa Interview (if applicable)  

Depending on the specifics of your application, you may be required to attend an interview with immigration officials. Prepare thoroughly for the interview by familiarizing yourself with the details of your relationship, practicing potential interview questions, and presenting yourself professionally and confidently. 

Seek Professional Advice from Registered Migration Agents  

Partner visa applications can be complex, and immigration laws and regulations are subject to change. Seeking advice and support from a registered migration agent or immigration lawyer who specializes in Australian immigration is a wise option. They can provide tailored guidance, assist with document preparation, and navigate any potential challenges in the application process. 

Need advice and support from a registered migration agent in Australia? Contact SOL Migration today at 07 3003 1899 or Our migration experts will help you to prepare all the required documentation to the highest standard and will assist you to deal with complex situations.  


In conclusion, obtaining a partner visa in Australia requires careful planning, attention to detail, and perseverance. By understanding the visa options, providing comprehensive evidence of your relationship, meeting health and character requirements, seeking professional advice, submitting a complete application, communicating effectively with immigration officials, and staying informed and patient throughout the process, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome and begin your life together in Australia. 

How can SOL Migration assist you with a 485 visa?

SOL Migration has a strong team of 4 experienced Registered Migration Agents. Our Registered Migration Agents will assess your eligibility and guide you throughout all the application process. We will assist you in preparing all the relevant documents for your application.

Contact us today on 07 3003 1899 or fill out the enquiry form. Our team will contact you within 24 hours at the latest!