The Australian Partner Visa (Subclasses 309) allows individuals legally married to or in a civil union with an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

Visa Subclass 309 Requirements

The following are the requirements to apply for Subclass Partner Visa 309:

  1. Your Australian partner must sponsor you, meeting certain requirements like age and character.
  2. Whether married or in a de facto relationship, you must demonstrate a genuine and continuing commitment to each other. This includes living together or not being permanently apart.
  3. Some exceptions apply to the 12-month relationship requirement, such as compelling circumstances or having a partner with a permanent humanitarian visa.
  4. The Department considers various aspects of your relationship, like financial and social ties. You need to provide evidence to support your relationship claims.
  5. Applicants should demonstrate shared domestic responsibilities and the organization of daily lives together, reflecting a genuine shared life.

Eligibility for Subclass 309 Visa Application

  • You must be at least 18 years old and either married to or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Applicants must show they’re truly committed to their partner, plan to share their life exclusively with them, and intend to stay together long-term.
  • For unmarried couples living together, proof of cohabitation for the past 12 months is usually needed to demonstrate the relationship’s authenticity. De facto partners with less than 12 months of a relationship can register their relationship in their states to be eligible for the subclass 309 visa.
  • Applicants must undergo health checks and provide police certificates to ensure they’re healthy and have no criminal record that could affect their visa eligibility.
  • Applicants and their family members must settle or arrange to settle any debts owed to the Australian government, showing financial responsibility.

Subclass 309 Visa Checklist

The Subclass 309 Partner Visa checklist outlines the documents needed for applicants to demonstrate their genuine relationship with an Australian citizen or resident. This includes identity documents, proof of relationship status, police clearance certificates, and medical examinations. Following this checklist ensures a smooth application process and timely assessment.

Application Fee for the subclass 309 visa

The Partner Visa Subclass 309 application requires a fee of AUD 8,850, which covers processing costs. 

Partner Visa 309 Processing time

The processing time for a Partner Visa Subclass 309 application is around 12 months. It’s important to submit accurate documents promptly and stay informed about any department updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply for this visa?

To apply for this visa, you must be either married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Am I eligible for Medicare on this visa?

Once your 309 visa is approved, you can join Medicare.

Where and how can we register a de facto relationship if we have lived together for less than 12 months for a partner visa?

You can use the following links to register your de facto relationship for a partner visa in your respective states.

New South Wales (NSW)




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Western Australia

A de facto relationship registered in Western Australia is not recognized for Australian partner visa purposes.

Northern Territory

De facto relationship registration is unavailable for partner visa purposes in the Northern Territory.

South Australia

Disclaimer: The above information is not tailored to personal circumstances. For information relevant to personal circumstances, please book an appointment with Oracle Immigration Consultant’s expert migration agents in Australia.
For any inquiries, please contact us at +61 430812158. We are premier Immigration agency and consultancy in Melbourne (Bundoora and Geelong).

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