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Are you planning to apply for a partner visa in Australia? Navigating the visa process can be a complex and endless task, especially when it comes to demonstrating the genuineness of your relationship. Many applicants unknowingly make common mistakes that can lead to delays or even denials of their partner visa applications. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most common pitfalls to avoid when applying for a partner visa in Australia. 

Insufficient Evidence of a Genuine Relationship

The partner visa subclasses are designed for spouses, de facto partners, or prospective partners of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens, enabling them to enter and reside in Australia. The most criterion for this visa is the existence of a genuine and continuous relationship between you and your sponsoring partner. During the assessment process, the case officer will place significant emphasis on this crucial criterion. 

From our experience, one of the primary reasons for partner visa rejections is the lack of compelling evidence demonstrating the genuine and continuous nature of your relationship. Immigration authorities scrutinise applications closely to ensure that the relationship is genuine and not entered into solely for the purpose of obtaining a visa. Insufficient documentation of shared finances, living arrangements, social activities, and communication can raise red flags and lead to application rejections. 

Therefore, to increase the chance of getting your Visa you should make sure to provide convincing evidence to ensure that you and your partner have:  

Incomplete or Inaccurate Documentation: 

Another common mistake is submitting incomplete or inaccurate documentation. It’s essential to provide all required documents in a clear and organised manner, ensuring that they accurately reflect your circumstances. Failure to do so can result in processing delays as immigration officers may request additional information or clarification. 

Not Meeting Eligibility Criteria: 

Each visa subclass has specific eligibility criteria that applicants must meet to qualify for the visa. Failing to understand or meet these criteria is a common mistake made by many applicants. Whether it’s meeting the minimum age requirement, demonstrating a genuine and ongoing relationship, or meeting health and character requirements, it’s crucial to thoroughly research and understand the eligibility criteria before submitting your application. 

Lack of Professional Guidance: 

Applying for a partner visa can be a complex and overwhelming process, especially for those unfamiliar with the Australian immigration system. Many applicants make the mistake of not seeking professional guidance from registered migration agents or immigration lawyers. Experienced migration professionals can provide invaluable advice and assistance throughout the application process, helping you navigate potential pitfalls and increase your chances of success. 

Failure to Disclose Relevant Information: 

Honesty and transparency are paramount when applying for a partner visa. Failure to disclose relevant information or providing false or misleading information can have serious consequences, including visa refusal and potential bans on future visa applications. It’s essential to disclose all relevant information, even if it may seem insignificant, and to provide truthful and accurate responses to all questions asked. 


In conclusion, applying for a partner visa in Australia requires careful planning, thorough preparation, and attention to detail. By avoiding common mistakes such as insufficient evidence of a genuine relationship, incomplete documentation, failure to meet eligibility criteria, lack of professional guidance, and failure to disclose relevant information, you can enhance your chances of a successful visa application. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the application process, seek advice from a qualified migration professional to ensure a smooth and successful outcome. 

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!