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If you cannot find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer basic questions, however a paid consultation will be required to respond to more complex queries or to assess your eligibility for a Partner Visa.

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The main requirements for a Prospective Marriage or Partner Visa include being in a genuine and ongoing relationship with an Australian Citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen. You should be engaged, married or in a defacto relationship and need to evidence other aspects of your relationship such as financial aspects, social aspects, nature of household and nature of commitment to each other. Other factors such as health, character history, no further stay conditions and previous visa refusals and cancellations are also considered. For the full list of requirements of both the visa applicant and sponsor please click on the partner visa services link.

The processing time for Partner Visas can vary depending on a range of factors including the complexity of your case, completeness of your application, and the volume of applications the Department of Home Affairs is dealing with. It can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months, but it's always best to check with us for the most recent information.

Yes, the Partner Visa allows you to live, study, and work in Australia. You'll also have access to Medicare, Australia's healthcare system.

Yes, dependent children can be included in your Partner Visa application. Each child will need to meet certain requirements, including age restrictions and dependency status. Please note that additional charges may apply for each child included in your application.

It is possible to lodge your own visa application without the assistance of a migration professional if your circumstances deem a straight-forward application after consulting with us. However, we would strongly recommend seeking the help of a migration professional if your case presents complex issues. Partner visas are costly applications and present a high risk of refusal if applicants are not able to provide all of the required evidence and meet all visa criteria.

It is common misconception amongst couples that getting married is a requirement for the grant of a Partner Visa. This is not so as the primary requirement is to prove to the Department of Home Affairs that you are in a genuine and ongoing relationship. Couples need to be either be married or in a defacto relationship for 12 months prior to applying unless they register their relationship in a prescribed Australian state or territory legislation. Couples also need to evidence other aspects of their relationship such as financial aspects, social aspects, nature of household and nature of commitment to each other.

The costs of each type of partner visa may vary based on individual circumstances and Fresh Start Migration will advise on all fees involved in applying for a partner visa in advance.

Typically the fees involved in applying for a visa include;
- Visa Application Charge set by the Department of Home Affairs (link to DHA fees)
- Criminal History Checks / Police Clearances
- Visa Medical/Health Check
- Document Translations (if applicable)

In addition to the above costs, Fresh Start Migration charge reasonable professional fees for visa services based on the circumstances and complexity of each case (see pricing page)

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