Offshore Partner Visa 309 & 100
Partner Visa 309 and 100 are for people from outside Australia to apply for immigration based on marriage or de facto relationship. If you are engaged to, married to, or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen of same sex or opposite sex, you may be eligible for partner visa 309 and the subsequent partner visa 100 to live together with your spouse or partner in Australia as a permanent resident.
Both Subclass 309 & 100 Partner visas are to be lodged at the same time when you are outside Australia, and they will be assessed and granted in 2 separate stages for relationship that is not a long-term partner relationship. The processing of Subclass 100 Partner (Permanent) visa will only commence after at least 2 years has passed since the date of Subclass 309/100 Partner visas application. This is to ensure only partner with genuine & committed relationship is eligible to become an Australian permanent resident.
Long-term partner relationship can be defined as a relationship that has continued for:
- at least 2 years if there is a dependent of both the applicant and the Australian spouse/partner;
- at least 3 years if without a child in the relationship.
While in Australia, partner visa applicant may apply to enrol in Medicare, Australia’s health care scheme.
Partner Visa 309, 100 Processing Time – Average Processing Time 2022
The current average processing time is as below:
- subclass 309 Temporary Partner Visa is about 4 months for 25% of all the visa applications, 8 months for 50% of all the visa applications, 21 months for 75% of all the visa applications, and 29 months for 90% of all the visa applications.
- subclass 100 Permanent Partner Visa is about 6 months for 25% of all the visa applications, 9 months for 50% of all the visa applications, 12 months for 75% of all the visa applications, and 18 months for 90% of all the visa applications.
Individual processing time does vary based on the specific circumstances of the applicant and sponsor, as well as the quality of the application presented to the Department of Home Affairs. Many applications are actually processed much faster than the average processing time.
If you wish to have your visa application presented in the best quality and would like to ensure the application can be processed timely, we suggest you contact our experienced Registered Migration Agents to manage your files.
If you have already lodged the files, and now would like to get a professional to review your application or help to escalate your application, Ausdirect Migration is the right team to help you. We have helped many clients successfully accelerate their visa applications, and have a number of clients got their visas application within a week after engaging us! Though we cannot guarantee visa grants in a specific timeframe, we are very proud and confident that our professional service will surely help you improve the quality and fast track the application!
Information Sheet for 309 visa and 100 visa.
Subclass 309/100: Partner Visa (Offshore)
Partner visa applicant that has been in a long-term partner relationship with the sponsoring partner will be granted permanent Subclass 100 Partner (Migrant) visa in a 1-step process.
Long-term partner relationship is a relationship that has continued for:
- at least 2 years if there is a dependent child of both the applicant and the Australian spouse/partner;
- at least 3 years if without a child in the relationship.
- For Subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) visa:
- Temporarily until permanent Subclass 100 Partner (Migrant) visa is granted.
- For Subclass 100 Partner (Migrant) visa:
Indefinitely with 5-year travel facility after which you may need to apply for Subclass 155 or 157 Resident Return visa to extend your travel facility.
You may consider applying for Australian citizenship for unrestricted travel facility once eligibility criteria are met.
Apply from...All applicants, except for applicant who holds a Subclass 445 Dependent Child visa, must be outside Australia, to make a combined application for Subclass 309/100 visas and to be granted the temporary Subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) visa.
If permanent Subclass 100 Partner (Migrant) visa hasn't been granted in a 1-step process, Subclass 309 visa holder can be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to be granted the permanent Subclass 100 Partner (Migrant) visa.
Applicant who has applied for Subclass 309/100 Partner visas can...
- enrol in Medicare, Australia’s universal health insurance scheme with access to a wide range of health and hospital services at low or no cost even before the partner visa grant.
- any person who met the eligibility criteria outlined in "Eligibility Criteria" tab on this page (hereinafter referred to as "the Primary Applicant");
- the member of family unit of the Primary Applicant, e.g.: children who are still dependent on the Primary Applicant.
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Partner visas can be very complex and our team at Ausdirect Migration is experienced in complex cases as follows:
- Visa refusal or visa cancellation history from Australia or any other country;
- Relationship with sponsoring Australian spouse/partner ceased due to family violence committed by the sponsor;
- Relationship with sponsoring Australian spouse/partner ceased and has parental responsibility for a child;
- Sponsoring Australian spouse/partner passed away before obtaining a permanent partner visa;
- Sponsoring Australian spouse/partner who previously married unable to complete divorce proceeding before sponsoring new partner;
- De facto relationship of less than 12 months.
- Character issues e.g. criminal charge history;
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