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Australian Permanent Partner Visa: When can you go straight to a permanent partner visa?

Obtaining an Australian permanent Partner visa is generally a two-stage process. If you are eligible for a Partner visa, you apply for both the temporary and the permanent Partner visa at the same time, paying only one fee.

If the Department of Home Affairs grants you the temporary visa, then you become eligible for assessment for the permanent Partner visa. Assuming you are still together, the permanent partner visa (stage 2 partner visa) is assessed two years from the time you lodged your visa application. Additional documents will need to be provided for the assessment of the permanent partner visa Australia.

Going Straight to the Permanent Partner Visa

When it comes to obtaining a permanent partner visa, there are specific circumstances that may allow individuals to bypass the temporary partner visa stage and go straight to the permanent visa.

If you have been in a long-term relationship at the time of applying for the Partner visa, in certain circumstances you are eligible to progress straight to the permanent visa.

  1. Long-Term Relationships: If you have been in a genuine and committed relationship with your partner for a significant period, typically two years or more, you may be eligible to skip the temporary visa stage. The length of your relationship is a crucial factor, as it demonstrates the stability and long-term commitment between you and your partner. This provision recognises that some couples may have already established their relationship and wish to directly pursue permanent residency.
  2. Marriage: Getting married to an Australian citizen or permanent resident can often provide a pathway to a permanent partner visa. If you are legally married to your partner, you may be eligible to apply directly for a permanent visa, bypassing the temporary visa requirement. The marriage certificate serves as evidence of your genuine commitment to each other and can expedite the visa process, allowing you to obtain permanent residency sooner.
  3. Dependent Child: If you and your partner have a dependent child together, you might be eligible to apply for a permanent partner visa directly. This provision is aimed at recognising the importance of family unity. Having a child together demonstrates a significant level of commitment and responsibility towards each other. It also strengthens your case for a permanent visa, as it indicates the establishment of a family unit that should be kept together.

If this applies to you, speak to you Registered Migration Agent about how to provide this evidence.

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