This visa subclass allows de-facto/legal partners or spouses and their dependents in a relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident and an eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia permanently. An applicant can seek the subclass 100 visa directly if they have a long established relationship or lodge a combined application with the subclass 309 visa in the case of newly married couples or de-facto partners who have been together for more than 12 months but less than 5 years. It is important that the sponsor as well as the applicant provide strong evidence of their genuine relationship in order to meet the applicable visa requirements.
Applicants applying for a Spouse/Defacto Partner visa onshore will be applying for a subclass 801 visa and the eligibility criteria will remain the same. However, it is important to ensure that your onshore application is not adversely impacted by s48 of the Migration Act or visa condition 8503 of schedule 8 of the Migration Regulations. Onshore applicants are generally granted a Bridging Visa A allowing them to remain in Australia lawfully while their visa application is being processed.
Eligibility Criteria – Applicant/s
Applicants for this visa subclass must meet the following criteria in order to lodge a valid visa application, be it onshore or offshore:
- Be 18 years old at the time of lodging the application
- Be the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
- Be sponsored by the Australian de facto partner/spouse
- Meet the health and character* criteria
- Not have any debt to the Australian government
- Accept Australian Values Statement
- Not had a visa cancelled or a visa application refused* in the past
*All applicants over the age of 16 years must provide evidence of good character and It is important to let us know if you have had a visa cancelled or refused in the past or have a criminal record
Eligibility Criteria – Sponsor
Sponsoring partner/spouse must fulfill the following criteria:
- Be Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
- Be 18 years or above
- Meet the character criteria – if applicable, must provide information on any past offences/criminal history
Key Visa Entitlements
Once this visa is granted, the applicant/s will be entitled to the following benefits:
- Stay, work and study in Australia permanently
- Travel multiple times to and from Australia
- Enrol in the Australian government’s public health program
- Attend free English language classes conducted by the Australian government
- Sponsor members of your family unit in the visa application (e. g, dependent children)
- Sponsor family members to travel to Australia
- Apply for an Australian citizenship, subject to meeting the applicable criteria
Visa Application Charges
|Secondary applicant over the age of 18 years
|Each additional applicant under the age of 18 years
**The Department of Home Affairs generally revises the visa application charges on 01st July of each year.
Processing times for applications in this visa subclass can vary significantly depending on the risk assessment level of the applicants’ country of origin and how promptly the applicants can submit the requested documents, including translations, if required. The general processing times for the visa applications in this visa subclass are given below and it does not include the time needed to process the skills assessment and state-nomination applications.
- 75% of the applications are processed within 19 months
- 90% of the applications are processed within 27 months
Important: You may still be eligible for your Spouse (Migrant) Visa if you are the holder of a subclass 309 visa and your relationship with the sponsor has broken down due domestic violence or if your sponsoring partner/spouse is deceased.