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Should you Apply for the Onshore or Offshore Partner Visa?

“Should I apply for the onshore or offshore partner visa?”

We always hear this kind of question when clients enquire about applying for a partner visa.

So today we have invited our principal migration agent, Tony Truong, to give us some insightful and detailed answers to the 3 most frequently asked questions that people will have when they are unsure whether to apply for the onshore or offshore partner visa.

The 3 most frequently asked questions about applying for an onshore or offshore Partner visa:

What are the pros and cons of the onshore vs offshore Partner visa?

Which Partner visa is quicker to get?

Should I apply for an offshore or onshore Partner visa?

Click on the video 👇 to see Tony's answers:

See Full Transcript:

Host: Here you go. (Hand over a card) Tony: What's it? Host: Just peel it off. Tony: To the camera? Alright. Tony: (Surprisingly) Okay, so what are the pros and cons of the onshore vs offshore Partner visa?

Tony: All right. So, the main pro of the onshore visa is that you can wait in Australia for the processing on a bridging visa. And with these applications, it can take many months or years. So waiting in Australia is good because it means you can have that certainty as to when you can start your life in Australia. A con of the onshore partner visa is that I guess the expected quality of these applications from the Department is going to be higher because other people applying for the onshore visa just like you, who have the opportunity to build the evidence together with their partner in Australia. So generally the quality of the evidence and the application is gonna be higher and that's for everybody. Immigration is going to expect that, so watch out. Tony: With the offshore visa, one of the pros of the offshore visa is that you can apply if you are engaged and not yet married. Whereas with the onshore visa, you either have to be married or already living together. So if you're engaged and overseas at the moment, an offshore visa is a good option, which you can't access if you're onshore. With the con of the offshore visa, I think it's clearly because of the fact that you can't wait for the processing in Australia. Tony: Which partner visa is quicker to get? Tony: Technically I think is the offshore visa. It is slightly faster than the onshore, but I think this really varies from case to case. Tony: Should I apply for an offshore or onshore partner visa? Tony: I think it really depends on your situation. Uh, but I think the main factor in deciding onshore versus offshore is how easy you can actually get into Australia to apply for the onshore visa to begin with. With many people, it can be difficult to get a visitor visa. So sometimes onshore visas aren't even an option for you and get applying for that offshore partner visa is's going to allow you to get to Australia quicker than applying for the visitor visa multiple times and just getting refused. Tony: I know these might be very generic answers and like I said, a lot of it depends on your specific situation. So just reach out to us, have a chat to us, and we can tell you what's the best way to apply for your partner visa.

To find out more about the different subclass visa's expanded on in the video, such as the 820 partner visa, the subclass 309 partner visa, the 801 & 100 visa's, find our service pages on our website under the main partner visa service page! It's also available to book in a free consultation for partner visa's!


Here at Skylark Migration, we are experts at partner visas australia. Our former-Immigration case officers have personally approved and rejected Partner visa applications, so they know this visa type inside out.

Need proof? We've had 100% success rate on every Partner visa we've ever lodged since 2015! We look forward to helping you with your migration journey!

For a total peace-of-mind, have a chat with one of our experts today 👇



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