What is the Partner Visa Subclass 820?

This Visa category allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen to stay in Australia on a temporary basis. Obtaining this Visa is the first step to obtaining residency in Australia on a permanent basis. After the 820 Partner Visa expires, the 801 partner Visa will come into effect granting permanent residency in Australia. The candidate can apply and pay for the 820 and the 801 Visas together.

Cost: The cost of this Visa is upwards of AUD 7,850 for most applicants (at the time of writing), and upwards of AUD 1,310 for Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) holders. Note: as you pay for both the 820 and 801 Visa at once, you will generally not be asked to make a payment for the 801 Visa in the future. Partner Visa 820 has much more resources regarding this subject and can help guide you through the decision-making process.

Processing time: the visa process can take a long time with 75% of applications taking up to 21 months, and 90% of applications taking up to 26 months.

What can you do with this Visa?

-This Visa enables the candidate to experience Australia holistically. With freedom to live, work and study, candidates are encouraged to enjoy the country to the fullest with their partners.

-The visa enables travel, to and from Australia as many times as required. Meaning that they are not restricted to Australia but can travel as they please for vacation outside the country or to visit relatives etc.

-It enables the candidate to attend free English Language classes that are provided by the Adult Migrant English Program. As the home affairs office recognizes that any migrant might need to be taught English as it is the language of business in Australia, they offer free classes to ease the transition from their motherland to Australia.


The Australian government has multiple conditions is place that need to be fulfilled in order to proceed with the Visa issuing process for the Partner Visa 820 subclass.

-The candidate must be older than 18 years at the time of lodging the visa.

-The candidate must be in Australia at the time that the Visa is lodged and when the Visa is granted.

-The candidate must have a sponsor who is willing to provide accommodation, financial assistance, and childcare if required.

-The candidate must have no debts or arranged to settle any debts to the Australian Government.

Regarding childcare

All dependent children and stepchildren can be included in the visa application, and they will be entitled to the same rights and visa conditions as the primary candidates.

Regarding Health and Character

All applicants must be subject to Health checkups done within 12 months of applying for the Visa, and police certificates from every country that the applicant has lived in for more than 12 months in the previous 10 years. 

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