How long does it take for a partner visa to be processed in Australia?

Applying for a Partner Visa is still possible during the pandemic – here’s what you should know about Australian Partner Visas in the COVID-19 .


What Australian partner visa options are available?

There are several partner visa options available depending on whether your relationship is with an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or with a New Zealand citizen.


Australian Partner visas

If you are the partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen (see below for details on who is an eligible New Zealand citizen), you may be able to apply for an Australian Partner visaPartner visas can also be referred to as a “spouse visa” or “de facto visa”.

  • Subclass 309 – Partner (Provisional) Visa
  • Subclass 100 – Partner (Migrant) Visa 
  • Subclass 820 – Partner Visa (Temporary)
  • Subclass 801 – Partner Visa (Permanent)
  • Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage Visa


Note : Subclass 309 and 100 are for overseas applicants whilst subclass 801 and 100 are for onshore applicants.


As the name suggests, partner visa allows de facto partner or spouse of

  • an Australian Citizen, 
  • Australian permanent resident, or
  • eligible New Zealand citizen to migrate to Australia.

The visa holders can live, work and study in Australia. Subclass 309 visa allows the applicant to travel to Australia to marry his/her partner. 


What is the processing time for a partner visa in 2021?

According to Department of Home Affairs, Global visa processing times will be updated monthly, providing an indicative timeframe for processing applications.


Partner visa processing times are regularly updated by the Department of Home Affairs.


Processing times are available for the majority of visa subclasses products, but will exclude a few subclasses such as those closed to new entrants, subject to capping and queueing, or which have a low volume of applications.


Note: Two processing times are displayed in calendar days, indicating how long it is taking to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally.


2021 Australian Partner Visa application processing time​​​

partner visa processing times
100 Partner* 12 months 19 months
300 Prospective Marriage 23 months 27 months
309 Partner (Provisional) 16 months 23 months
801 Partner* 11 months 19 months
820 Partner 20 months 27 months
*Processing time for subclass 801 Partner (permanent) visa and 100 Partner (permanent) visa is from date of eligibility (2 years after the 820/801 or 309/100 application is lodged) to finalisation.
** Source: DoHa


Circumstances that affect processing times

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether applicants have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly any requests for additional information are responded to
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided


Partner visas in particular require a considerable volume of supporting documents to substantive the relationship with your partner.


As the visa application charges are significantly higher for family visas, they are not applications you will want to lodge twice so use the time wisely to double-check that you have provided everything needed to secure a favourable outcome.


At No Borders Law Group, we have assisted many clients in having their family visas approved, including parent visas, child visas and partner visas. For more information on the family visas, contact No Borders Law Group for a free initial assessment with one of our migration lawyers.


Need help with getting Australian Visas?


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We will help you by exploring visa options and securing application. As part of our services, we will assess the eligibility of the application for a partner visa and help you to get out of the abusive relationship and provide you with detailed advice on your chances of success. If you would like to discuss your visa options and evaluate the pathway to permanent residency, please make an enquiry  or  book a consultation to get expert advice with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Migration Agents/Lawyers on 07 3876 4000 or email: [email protected].




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