Features of 820/801 partner visa – Temporary to permanent residency in Australia
The Partner visas (subclasses 820 and 801) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.
The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) is processed.
You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:
an Australian citizen
an Australian permanent resident
an eligible New Zealand citizen.
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.
From AUD 7,000
Obtaining the permanent Partner visa is a two stage process. To be eligible for a permanent partner visa you first need to be granted a temporary partner visa. You apply for both the permanent and temporary visas at the same time and pay only one fee. If you are granted the temporary visa, you are eligible to be assessed for the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) about two years after you lodged your application. You will need to provide further documents for this assessment.
If you have been in a long term relationship before you lodge your application, the permanent subclass 801 visa will be granted immediately after the temporary subclass 820 visa.
75 per cent of applications processed
90 per cent of applications processed
820 – Temporary visa
801 – Permanent visa
 Processing time for subclass 801 Partner (permanent) visa is from date of eligibility (2 years after the 820/801 application is lodged) to finalisation.
Last updated 16 October 2017 (for month ending 30 September 2017)
Long term relationship
If, at the time you apply, you have been in a long term relationship with your partner, your permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) visa will be granted immediately after the temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) visa.
If your current visa is about to end
You can stay in Australia on a Bridging visa if you have already lodged your application.
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.
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 the health requirement.
You must meet the 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)
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.
What you can do
The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) lets you stay in Australia until a decision is made on your permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).
From AUD 7000.
If you hold a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) – from AUD 1170.
You pay only one fee, which covers the permanent and the temporary visa, and you pay this when you lodge your application. In most cases, visa application fees can not be refunded, even if you withdraw your application, or your visa is refused.
Additional family members
There is a fee for any children applying for the visa with you.
If you need to have them, you will have to pay other costs such as those for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
You must be in Australia when you lodge your application and when a decision is made on the temporary Partner visa (subclass 820).
You can be in or outside Australia when a decision is made on the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).
If you are outside Australia when you want to lodge your application, consider either: