A subclass 309 temporary partner visa is a temporary partner visa that allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian permanent resident or citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen, who is currently living outside Australia, to move to Australia in order to live with their partner or spouse. The applicant for the subclass 309 partner visa must also be outside Australia when the visa is granted. it is a condition of the subclass 309 partner visa that the applicant is in an ongoing relationship with their sponsoring partner or spouse.
The subclass 309 temporary partner visa can only be applied for from outside Australia.
After a qualifying period, usually 2 years after the holder of a subclass 309 visa applied for their subclass 309 visa, they are eligible to apply for a subclass 100 permanent partner visa.
The subclass 100 partner visa is unconditional.