Partner Visa 309 Subclass Specialists
The Skylark team has a combined 57+ years of experience helping people apply for the 309 Partner Visa, and proudly maintains a 100% success rate for 309 visas since 2015.
From our Melbourne | Australia HQ, we have helped customers from over 106 countries and counting.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) visa.
What is a 309 Partner Visa?
The Partner Visa Subclass 309 is a temporary visa that allows you to live/work/study in Australia while your permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 100) is being processed.
To apply, you must be the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen (see other requirements).
The 309 Visa is for people who are outside Australia when you apply (whereas the 820 visa is for people in Australia). This is why sometimes it's also known as the "offshore partner visa".
What a 309 Partner Visa in Australia Does
You apply for both the temporary 309 Visa and permanent 100 Visa applications at the same time. You'll first be granted the temporary 309 Visa, which will allow you to come to Australia.
While on the 309 Visa, you can live, work and study in Australia. You can also:
Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
Attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program if you are eligible
Apply for access to Australia's public health care scheme, Medicare
In most cases, you can then apply for the permanent 100 Visa 2 years later (from when you first applied). If you have been married or in a de facto relationship for 3 or more years, or have a child together, you may get your 100 visa approved at the same time as your 309 visa.
Once your permanent visa is granted, you will be able to live and work in Australia permanently.
What is the Processing Time for 309 Partner Visas?
Here are the average processing times according to the Department of Home Affairs (eff. Jan 2023):
25% of applications processed in: 5 Months
50% of applications: 10 Months
75% of applications: 16 Months
90% of applications: 36 Months
This is an approximate processing time and it can be longer in some cases, particularly if the application is incomplete or requires further assessment.
Since 2015, we’ve found that we’ve frequently been able to help our customers get their visas approved much faster!
What Are the Partner Visa 309 Requirements in Australia?
The applicant must be outside Australia when they apply
Your partner MUST be an eligible Australian citizen/permanent resident or an eligible NZ citizen when you apply
You must be able to prove your relationship is genuine. The evidence is evaluated across 4 factors (this forms the bulk of your visa application work)
You must have lived together for at least 12 months as a de facto couple if you're not yet married [Exception: If you living in QLD, ACT, NSW, SA or VIC, you can bypass the 12 month rule by registering your relationship]
You must pass the health assessment (may include chest x-ray, HIV test etc). In some cases, we may be able to get you a health waiver.
You must provide police checks for every country that you have lived in for 12 months cumulatively in the last 10 years.
Have questions about your eligibility or application? Don't worry, we are here to help!
Our Partner Visa Application Process
1. Free 1:1 consultation with a partner visa expert to assess your situation and answer any questions.
2. Pay a small deposit. Our agents will do a eligibility assessment before you make any commitment.
3. Once we get back your signed agreement and payment, it's time to get started!
4. We'll send you a customised, comprehensive 309 Visa document checklist for the strongest application
5. As you collect your documents, we'll be here to provide advice and recommendations
6. Our experts will complete your application (we don't make you fill the forms!)
7. We'll make sure your application is strong before we submit to Immigration
8. We'll keep you updated and follow up with Immigration until you get your visa!
No obligations. Only 4 free consults per day. First come first served. Book your slot now
Why Choose Us as Your 309 Partner Visa Agent?
Former-Department of Immigration
With a former Immigration officer on our team, we have unique insight into what a strong application looks like and red flags you should avoid.
309 Visa Success Rate
Yes, every single Subclass 309 Partner Visa application of ours since 2015 has been successfully granted.
100% Money-back guarantee
...Which is why we are confident enough to offer you 100% Money Back Guarantee - We get your visa, or you get your money back*
Competitive, all-inclusive fees
We are transparent with our pricing and are fiercely against charging exorbitant fees.
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