Family Visas FAQ’s
1. What is the average processing time for a Subclass 820 and 801 Partner Visa?
The average processing time for Subclass 820 visas is currently approximately 19 to 24 months and for the Subclass 801 visa it is approximately 16 to 21 months.
Global citizenship and visa processing times are updated at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. Please click here to see the current processing times.
2. What does the Subclass 820 and 801 visa let you do?
- It lets you stay in Australia until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa (801). After this visa is granted it allows you to stay in Australia permanently.
- It allows you to work in Australia.
- It allows you to study in Australia, although does not give you access to government funding.
- It also allows you to enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses.
3. Who could sponsor you on a Partner visa?
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen
4. Who can apply for this visa?
- Applicants that are married can apply as long as the marriage is valid under Australian law. Marriages that are underage, polygamous and same-sex are not currently legal under Australian law
- Same-sex and heterosexual couples can apply for this visa based in their de-facto relationship
5. How does family violence affect my application for a Partner visa?
The family violence provisions set out by the Department mean that applicants can still be granted a visa if the relationship with your partner has ceased and there was family violence.
If applicants are in Australia and hold one of the visas listed above or if they have applied for a Subclass 820 visa they might be able to be granted a permanent visa if:
- you or members of your family unit have suffered family violence committed by your partner, and
- your relationship has broken down
The eligible visas include:
- Partner (temporary and permanent) visa (subclass 309/100)
- Partner (temporary and permanent) visas (subclasses 820/801)
6. Why has my visa application been refused?
Your visa application could be refused for a number of reasons including:
- you have not met the conditions of a previous visa
- you did not provide enough information to prove the claims you made in your application
- you do not meet Australia’s health or character requirements
- you gave the wrong information, or made a false claim in your application