How Long Does 801 Partner Visa Take to Process?

How Long Does 801 Partner Visa Take to Process?

Do you want to live with your partner in Australia? If yes, then you must apply for a Partner Visa 801. The Department of Home Affairs offers 801 Partner Visa. It’s a permanent visa. If your partner is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible citizen of New Zealand, you can apply for 801 visa.


Thousands of people apply for a Partner Visa every year. Around 43,506 Partner visas were granted to primary and secondary applicants in 2019-20. Partner Visa is a gateway to PR in Australia. It allows people to move in with their spouses in Australia. You become a permanent resident of Australia with Partner visa 801.


If you’re interested in applying for visa 801, you must submit your application carefully. You need to attach the required documents to your application. As it’ll affect the processing time of your Partner visa application.


So let’s have a look at Partner Visa 801 details and its processing time!


Perks of Having 801 Partner Visa 

The Government of Australia offers many benefits to Partner Visa holders. You must follow the eligibility criteria to obtain Partner Visa 801.


Once you get your visa 801, you can;

  • Live in Australia permanently
  • Enroll in a course of study
  • Work anywhere in Australia.
  • Sponsor your eligible relatives to apply for permanent residency in Australia.
  • Travel from and to Australia as many times as you want for 5 years
  • Enroll in Medicare to get medical and health-related services. It’s a public healthcare scheme in Australia.
  • Apply for Australian Citizenship if you’re eligible.


When Can You Apply for Citizenship After 801 Visa?

You can apply for Australian citizenship after 4 years of obtaining 801 Partner Visa. There’re specific requirements under which you can apply for Australian citizenship. You must be present in Australia while applying for citizenship. Furthermore, you shouldn’t be outside Australia for more than 3 months in the last year before you lodge an application for Australian citizenship.


Documents Checklist for 801 Partner Visa

You must hold a Temporary Partner Visa 820 to apply for the Partner Visa 801. Make sure to attach the complete documents with the application. As it’ll affect the processing time of your visa 801.


Documents for 801 Partner Visa include;

  • Copy of your passport along with personal details.
  • Recent photograph.
  • Evidence of your relationship with your spouse or de facto partner in Australia.
  • Marriage Certificate if you’re married.
  • Evidence of shared property such as utility bills, mortgage documents or joint lease agreement.
  • Proof of common financial documents, bank accounts, joint bills, receipts or letters from the bank.
  • Australian Police Certificate


What is the Processing Time for 801 Partner Visa?

The Department of Home Affairs processes applications for Australian visas.


It takes;

  • 12 months to process 75% of applications.
  • 20 months to process 90% of applications.


The processing times may vary according to the individual circumstances. Your visa application might take longer to process if it has incomplete documents. Home Affairs usually contacts applicants for further information. You must respond to them as soon as possible.


Is 801 Visa Permanent Residency?

Yes, a Partner Visa 801 can lead you to permanent residency in Australia. You become an Australian permanent resident when you get 801 Partner Visa. You can live, study and work in any region of Australia. You can also enroll in Medicare for health-related services by the Australian Government.


Your spouse or de facto partner must be an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or an eligible citizen of New Zealand. Being a Partner Visa holder, you can sponsor your relatives to visit Australia. You can also enroll in free English classes administered by the Adult Migrant English Program.


Can 801 Visa Be Cancelled?

Yes, Partner Visa 801 can be canceled by the Department of Home Affairs. If you fail to meet the visa requirements, Home Affairs will reject your visa application. If you provide false information in your application, it’ll also be the reason for your Partner Visa refusal.


You can also withdraw your visa application if your sponsor sends an appeal to Home Affairs. The sponsor must submit a request along with his name, date of birth, a statement to explain the reason for canceling the application, and the visa transaction reference number (TRN).



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Difference between Partner Visa Subclasses 801 and 820

  • Partner Visa 820 is a provisional visa. It allows you to stay temporarily with your partner in Australia.
  • You’re not allowed to sponsor anyone on subclass 820.
  • You can travel outside Australia as many times as you want.
  • Partner Visa Subclass 801 allows staying in Australia with your partner as a Permanent Residency.
  •  You can sponsor your family members to travel to Australia.
  • You may travel from and to Australia as often as you like.


Application charges for visa 801 and Visa 820 are the same. The application fee is paid when you apply for the temporary Partner Visa 820. Further, visa 820 is the first step to make your way to permanent residency in Australia.



If you’re planning to move to Australia to live with your partner, you must apply for 801 Partner Visa. This visa permits you to permanently stay with your de facto partner/spouse in Australia. You must follow the visa requirements to be eligible for Visa 801. The application process for a Partner visa can be a bit complex. If you need help to apply for visa 801, you can book a consultation with us.


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I’m Nasir Nawaz. I’m a registered migration consultant in Australia. I am based in Sydney. I’ve studied Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. I’m providing immigration services for several years.

Consult with me for legal advice on Australian visas to permanently live, study, and work in Australia.