Applying In Australia? Subclass 820/801 Onshore Partner Visa



If you’re in Australia  (Onshore)- The  Subclass 820 Onshore Partner Visa  is the visa you need to apply for.


Tip If you have a visa when you apply for the Subclass 820 Visa, you’ll get a Bridging Visa A with full work rights. It doesn’t matter which visa you hold at the time of application.

When your current visa expires after your application has been lodged, you will be granted a Bridging Visa A with full work rights to remain in Australia while your Subclass 820 Partner Visa application is processed.


The Onshore Partner Visa has two stages.
  1. The first stage is the  Provisional Partner Visa (Subclass 820),  which is the Temporary Partner Visa.
  2. The second stage of the Partner Visa process is the Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801).


You can apply for the second stage, the Permanent Partner Visa, two years after applying for the Provisional Partner Visa.


The Onshore Provisional  Partner Visa application must be lodged when you are in Australia.




Relationship –  Married or in a de facto relationship

You must be legally married to, or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.

If you are not married, you must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months prior to lodging your application, unless you have registered your relationship (you can register you relationship in all states and territories except Western Australia and Northern Territory).

If you can prove there are compassionate circumstances affecting  your relationship, the Dept may waive the 12-month relationship requirement (think Australian children of the relationship or religious reasons for not being able to live together).


No matter whether you are in a married or de facto relationship, you must demonstrate:

  • Your relationship is genuine and enduring
  • Your relationship is  mutually exclusive
  • Either you live together, or you do not live apart on a permanent basis.


Does your sponsor qualify?

Your sponsor must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who:

  • Hasn’t previously sponsored more than one partner, and has not sponsored a partner within the last five years (unless compelling and compassionate circumstances apply)
  • Hasn’t been convicted of a “relevant offence” (includes violence offences, child sex offences, breaching a protection order and other offences such as people smuggling etc), or has a significant criminal record.


These days, Sponsors must be approved before the Partner Visa application can be granted.


A sponsor must lodge a separate sponsorship  form immediately after the Partner Visa application is lodged.  If the Sponsor is not approved, the Partner Visa application will be refused. If this occurs the visa refusal may be appealed at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.


 How’s your health and character?

You must meet the health and character requirements of the Subclass 820 visa. This means that:

  •  You pass the “character test
  •  You meet the health requirements, or if you do not meet the health requirements, you have been granted a health waiver.



In addition to the visa application charge (VAC) fees will be charged professional fees be charged if a Registered Migration Agent, or Immigration Lawyer prepares your Partner Visa application on your behalf. The visa application charges are:

  • The Visa application charge is just over AUD$8000
  • Medical examinations –  approximately $550
  • Police certificates –  approximately $50 each (although some countries do not charge, e.g. Ireland)

To find out about our professional fees, and if a Partner Visa is right for you, please book a consultation with us and get proper advice. Please book here.


Subclass 801, your Second Stage Permanent Partner Visa.

The subclass 801 Permanent Partner Visa is an Australian Permanent Residence  Visa  which holders of subclass 820 Provisional Partner Visas progress to after holding their Subclass 820 visa for two years.

It is a permanent visa granted to the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian permanent resident or citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

The subclass 801 partner visa is usually applied for 2 years after the subclass 820 visa application was lodged – however permanent residence may be granted to  an applicant for the first stage visa where the relationship is long standing (more than 3 years), or there are Australian children of the relationship.

The subclass 801 partner visa is a permanent visa without conditions –  with the next step being Australian citizenship.


Want a Partner Visa and want peace of mind that your Partner Visa application is perfectly complete and decision ready? We will advise you which is the best Partner Visa for you, and  prepare and lodge your visa application.

Let’s get started! We’ll make your dreams come true!


Charisse, Amy, and their team at AHWC have helped me multiple times with my visas throughout the years. They always give great advice, are efficient, and are always quick to respond to any query or doubts you may have with your situation. They’ve also even helped a few of my friends. Highly recommend to anybody!
Amanda Villapando
Amanda Villapando
1. September, 2023.
Shelby was AWESOME I cannot THANK her enough for getting my husbands 309/100 VISA lodged and sorted for us. She was professional, helpful, a calming influence when i would get stressed, and explained the whole complicated process thoroughly so we knew what would happen each step of the way, she was absolutely amazing. Would highly recommend not only Shelby but AHWC Immigration as a whole, you wont be sorry.
30. August, 2023.
Had such a positive experience with AHWC yet again, kiri was super professional, responsive, helpful & knowledgeable. Everything you need in an immigration lawyer. My visa was approved within a week thanks to her help. 10/10
29. August, 2023.
AHWC was so helpful in arranging my 820 and 801 Partner Visas, their professionalism in the process was exceptional taking all the pressure off what was a very involved process. I thoroughly recommend AHWC to anyone wanting visas and especially Amy and Clarisa for all the preparation involved in obtaining and processing for Home Affairs.
Qin Feng
Qin Feng
28. August, 2023.
Kiri was absolutely amazing! I honestly can’t recommend her enough!! We processed my papers in June 2023 and my subclass 820 visa was granted today! It only took 2months! How incredible. Kiri made sure everything was in order throughout the whole process. She was so positive and reassuring. This girl knows what she’s doing!!
Sarah Feeney
Sarah Feeney
25. August, 2023.
This review is LONG overdue, but our immi agent Su Jiang is the best. We had submitted all papers for 820 partner visa in November 2022 and were expecting an approval of a temporary visa. But we ended up with an approved PR within three months of document submission. We could hardly believe our eyes when we received the good news via email from her. Su Jiang, is always very prompt with her email responses, gives detailed guidance and was very very thorough in ensuring the documents were all good before submission. Most importantly she is very patient and was there at every step of the process. Thank you so much Si Jiang, we cannot recommend her highly enough.
Latha Segaran
Latha Segaran
22. August, 2023.
I was on a very close deadline with my visa submission and the team at AHWC, particularly Amy and Mancy, couldn't have been more helpful and responsive. Would recommend for anyone needing visa application assistance.
Dylan Theis
Dylan Theis
16. August, 2023.
I applied for the 820-partner visa with AHWC and I must say it was an excellent experience. Charisse, who assisted me with my application, was professional and patient throughout the process. I am very grateful for all the support she provided me.
Milagros Medina
Milagros Medina
15. August, 2023.
Very great service. Worth every penny. Charisse was excellent.
kevin mcgrath
kevin mcgrath
15. August, 2023.
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