Subclasses 309 & 100:
Offshore Partner Visa
Australian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their spouse or de facto partner for permanent residency through a two-step process which consists of a Subclass (Provisional) 309 visa for which the application is lodged outside Australia, followed by a Subclass 100 (Permanent) visa.
Satisfying the evidentiary threshold in proving genuineness of a relationship is not low. Therefore, simply marrying or registering a de facto relationship does not guarantee the partner visa is issued. Relationships that only exist online without in-person interaction would heavily be scrutinized.
It should be noted that the visa applicant may qualify for direct permanent residency if he or she has a child, or have been in a married or de facto relationship for at least 3 years, with the sponsoring partner.
The comparative advantages of the offshore applications to the onshore include the marginally faster processing time. Moreover, the pending applications may increase chances of obtaining a Subclass 600 Visitor visa for an increased duration.
Eligible NZ Citizen
Acceptable Forms of Relationships
Relevant Public Interest Criteria:
Primary visa holders may be subject to the following condition:
8502: The holder of the visa must not enter Australia before the entry to Australia of a person specified in the Australia visa.
Secondary visa holders may be subject to the following conditions:
8502: The holder of the visa must not enter Australia before the entry to Australia of a person specified in the visa.
8515: The holder of the visa must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering Australia.