309 PARTNER VISA (OFFSHORE)
The Partner visas (subclasses 309 and 100) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia. The temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) is processed.
You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:
1. an Australian citizen
2. an Australian permanent resident
3. an eligible New Zealand citizen.
You could be granted an 820/801 visa if:
1. Your marriage must be valid under Australian law. This means you must have parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years of age.
2. You must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.
3. If you’re inside Australia at the time of application.
4. You already hold another visa type, e.g. student visa, visitor visa, or working holiday visa.
5. You do not have an “8503 – No further stay” condition.
6. Meet health and character requirements.
Stay in Australia indefinitely
Work and study in Australia
Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
Travel to and from Australia for five years
Apply for Australian citizenship (once residence requirements have been met)