Does marrying an Australian automatically entitle me to an Australian partner visa?
Marrying an Australian citizen or permanent resident does not automatically grant you permanent residency in Australia. Instead, you will need to go through the Partner Visa Program to apply for a visa based on your relationship with your Australian partner.
There are two main types of partner visas available:
1. Offshore Partner Visa (Subclass 309/100): This visa is for applicants who are outside of Australia at the time of application and are legally married to or in a de-facto relationship with their Australian partner.
2. Onshore Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801): This visa is for applicants who are already in Australia and are legally married to or in a de-facto relationship with their Australian partner.
The application process for a partner visa is typically a two-stage process, except in some specific cases. The application involves applying for both a provisional and a permanent visa at the same time. After the provisional visa is granted, you would become eligible for a decision on the permanent visa after two years from the date of lodging the combined application. During this time, you will need to provide further evidence of your ongoing relationship.
Given the complexities involved in the partner visa application process, it is essential to seek professional advice from experienced Registered Migration Agents who can guide you through the entire process and ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements.
Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.