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Subclass 820 & 801

Partner Visas

Partner Visa Subclass 820 & Subclass 801


You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:

  • an Australian citizen

  • an Australian permanent resident

  • an eligible New Zealand citizen.


If you are married, usually you must be 18 or older when you apply. This is because usually, you must be 18 or older for your marriage to be valid under Australian law.

If you are a de facto partner, you must be 18 or older when you apply.

Your relationship:

You must be the spouse (married) or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

You might still be eligible if your relationship breaks down after you lodge your application.


You must have a sponsor, who will be your partner, except if your partner is under 18 years of age.


You must meet our health requirement.


You must meet our character requirement.

Debts to the Australian government:

You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

Cancelled or refused visas:

You might not be able to apply for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

Eligibility criteria for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801)

You must:


  • Hold a temporary Partner visa (subclass 820);

  • Continue to be in the spouse or de facto partner relationship unless your relationship has ended and there are special circumstances have complied with all Australian laws whilst on your temporary visa.


Your marriage must be valid under Australian law. This means you must have parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years of age.

You must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.

Length of stay:

  • On the temporary 820 visa, you can stay until a decision is made on your permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).

  • On the permanent 801 visa, you can stay permanently.


Generally you will need a sponsor (usually your partner or spouse) to sponsor you to be eligible to lodge this visa.

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