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Our Immigration Lawyers are able to ensure that your partner visa application is decision ready and meets all the requirements for a speedy visa process by the Department of Home Affairs. Our Lawyers have years of experience dealing with complex partner visa applications, including partner visa refusals (AAT appeal), and can guide you to ensure your application is not delayed and is successful.

Lodging an online partner visa application is not difficult and can be done in perhaps 1 hour. However, unless the information and supporting documents that you provide are correct, comprehensive and extensive, there will be a high chance of your visa application being refused.

Unfortunately, partner visa case officers are not very flexible and always require a significant amount of evidence to satisfy that a relationship is genuine and ongoing.

Our Immigration Lawyers are able to advise you on the type of evidence that you can prepare to make a decision ready application. Our expert lawyers can also inform you if you are barred from sponsoring someone or point out any other weaknesses that your case may have.

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Before you apply for your partner visa, come and meet with one of our expert Immigration Lawyers in Melbourne or book a zoom consultation if you live anywhere else in Australia. We have clients all over Australia (NSW, Queensland, South Australia, ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania). Our Lawyers are happy to discuss your application with you and ensure that you are doing your application correctly.

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If you are married to an Australian citizen or living with an Australian citizen in a de facto relationship, you may have the option of applying for a partner visa that will allow you to stay in the country on a longer-term basis. However, to maximise your chances of success, it is vital that you prepare all of your supporting documentation very carefully.

As highly experienced partner visa lawyers in Australia, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you prepare all the documents you will need and can advise you at every stage of the application process. We have helped people from all over the world to apply for, and obtain, an Australian partner visas and would love to help you obtain the visa you need as well.

In addition to our partner visa and spouse visa services, we also offer support for citizenship applications so if you already have a partner / spouse visa in Australia and you would like to make your stay a permanent one, please don’t hesitate to contact us and claim your consultation.

Increase your chances of success with a top partner visa immigration lawyer

No lawyer can guarantee the success of an immigration partner visa application but an experienced and well-informed professional can significantly increase your chances of obtaining the visa you need. At Gold Migration, we have many years of experience and stay up to date with the latest eligibility and application process changes, enabling us to offer a highly effective and efficient service to clients across the country. If you’re looking for a registered partner visa migration agent in Melbourne, Sydney or anywhere else in Australia, call and speak to us now. In addition to in-person consultations in Sydney and Melbourne, we offer online consultations in all other areas. We can also help with visa refusals: we may be able to help you lodge an appeal with the AAT and in the Federal Circuit Court if necessary.

Prepare to apply for a relationship visa in Australia now

If you would like to get started as soon as possible, you can book a face to face consultation with a partner visa lawyer  in Melbourne or Sydney from our team right now. For applicants currently residing in another part of Australia, we can set up a video conference with one of our experts, during which you can explore your options in detail.

Once we have all the relevant information pertaining to your current status and desired visa, we can plan your application, making sure that it is supported with the evidence required by the immigration officials who will be evaluating it.

Additional services

We offer a full range of visa services in Australia, helping clients to make Australian protection visa, work sponsorship visa, business visa and family visa applications on a daily basis. If you run into difficulties with spousal sponsorship or any other aspect of your application for a partner visa in Sydney or elsewhere in Australia, we may be able to help you obtain a different type of long-term visa: all these options can be explored during your initial consultation if necessary. For businesses who wish to sponsor migrant workers’ visa applications, our corporate immigration lawyers provide a full advisory and support service.

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Helping People Just Like You

What matters to us most is what our clients have to say about their experience once everything has been resolved. Below are some of the messages we have received from people we’ve represented.

Marcus Nilsson (Pseudo)
Marcus Nilsson (.
I highly recommend Gold migration for everyone that is in need of help with their partner visas.Migrating to another country to be with the one you love can be a scary and frankly very confusing process with all the forms and relationship evidence that needs to be presented to Immigration. Luckily for me and my partner, our agent Emad Khraim, made the process a lot easier by giving us the confidence to and clarity to know what to focus on at any given time.With his friendly demeanor, Emad was never more than a phone call or mail away and he was always quick to reply to any enquiries we had, big or small (or stupid). With his expertise he made sure that we were always up to date on the latest immigration law changes and what piece of relationship evidence we should prioritize on procuring next, making this daunting (and at times overwhelming) process a lot less stressfull than it could have been had we gone about it alone. All in all it has been a absolute pleasure working with Emad and I can confidently say that we've been well taken care of all the way through this journey.As of now writing this, me and my partner were a couple of days ago granted our partner visa and we can't thank Gold migration enough for all their help they've provided in getting us here.read more
Kevin john Thomas
Kevin john T.
I'd like to thank Walt Calis and the firm for their exceptional work on our partner visa.They made the process incredibly easy and made us feel comfortable regarding any questions we had.Our partner visa 820 was granted today and we are absolutely over the moon!After a few delays while trying to get a difficult police clearance, after everything was submitted, we still received the visa within 3 months which we never thought would be possible.If you have any doubt about going to Gold Migration, don't. We would never have been able to go through this process without them, and have the visa approved so quickly.Thank you and forever grateful!read more
Anya Tretyakova
Anya T.
Only 3 MONTHS from submission to approval for our Subclass 300 Marriage visa! It went beyond our expectations and Saemeh Ghasemi from Gold Migration was with us every step of the way. My partner and I chose this service after reading the many positive reviews and after I first met Saemeh via Zoom call, for our initial consultation. Saemeh is not only professional, but genuinely cares about her clients. We are so grateful we trusted Gold Migration and Saemeh Ghasemi - thank you!read more
Chirag Balyan
Chirag B.
I highly recommend gold migration. They are the best . Gold migration professional approach and attention to detail is incredible. All of gold staff are amazing, excellent communicators and provide a friendly efficient service.They take a personal interest in each and every case and I would highly recommend them .👍👍👍. I would like to thanks Walt calis and the entire gold team members who work so hard and with so much dedication.read more
Sami Abdul
Sami A.
I was recommended to go to Gold Migration Lawyers earlier this year by a family friend to get assistance in applying for my wife’s onshore partner visa. Walt Calis was our lawyer there and he was fantastic. He was very approachable, caring and incredibly dedicated in helping us with the visa application from the very beginning. We were successful in getting my wife’s partner visa granted surprisingly in just under 3 months from the time the application was lodged, which was amazing. I’m really grateful for Gold Migration lawyers, and in particular Walt Calis for his honesty, openness and dedication, and I highly recommend him and Gold Migration Lawyers in general to anyone that is looking for assistance in lodging a partner visa application.read more
Chen Kwang Vong
Chen Kwang V.
My partner and I had a very smooth, easy process applying for partner visa with Gold Migration Lawyers! Once we gathered and updated documents as requested we had no hitches getting it approved a couple months down the line. Would recommend for those worried/unfamiliar with visa application processes. Good communication and availability from them as well 🙂read more
My partner and I applied for Subclass 820/801 through Gold Migration Laywers and it was granted in less than a month. Whole process was streamlined and efficient. Big thank you to Emad, Ben and Kathryn.In the first consutaltion (face to face), Emad and Ben explained how the visa application process will be, including the expected timeframe. Preparing requirements were done via email communication. Emad provided us advice on documentations and ensured that we were on track.Before I had the first consultation I thought the application process would be tiring and time consuming. However, Gold Migration Lawyers made it so simple and easy!read more
Loretta Williams
Loretta W.
Thank you so much Gold Migration❤️❤️Biggest thank you to Benjamin Magill and Emad Khraim for helping through everything and for being so patient with me thank you thank youI would recommend you guys to anyoneGod bless you boysLove from Loretta and Soliread more
Anthony Trần
Anthony T.
ONLY 3 MONTHS FOR MY PARTNER VISA.My partner and I has been working towards our 820/810 Visa with Emad Khraim and Kathryn Tan from Gold Migration Lawyers.They have both provided exceptional services. They arranged an extremely easy frame work for us to approach our applications and guided us through the entire journey with professionalism and kindness.I can't be more happy with my experience with them and am glad that I did decided to place my trust in them.read more

Partner Visa – frequently asked questions

Who can be a Sponsor for a Partner Visa?

An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Can I apply for a Partner Visa if I’m not married to my Partner?

Yes, you can. If you have been living together for at least 12 months you may meet the de facto criteria. Bear in mind that the 12 month living together requirement could be waived in certain circumstances.

What are the most common reasons for a Partner Visa refusal?

If insufficient evidence was provided to the DHA, failure to upload the right witness declarations, failing to respond to further requests from the DHA in a professional manner. Also if the Sponsor was not an eligible sponsor or has had issues with Family Violence and/or has a criminal history.

What kind of documents must I provide?

There is a large number of Time of Application (ToA) and Time of Decision (ToD) documents that you must provide. Depending on your circumstances, they vary. At Gold Migration Lawyers, we provide our clients with a Personalised Checklist. This checklist is normally more than 10 pages and is very comprehensive.

What other eligibility criteria must the Sponsor meet?

Other than previously holding certain visas, the Sponsor is not able to sponsor more than 2 individuals in their lifetime (exceptions apply); and no more than 1 individual per 5 year period (exceptions apply).

Will my Sponsor or I be interviewed by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)?

It depends. The DHA may request an interview if you’re applying for an offshore Partner Visa. If you apply in Australia, it is unlikely that the DHA will request an interview.

What is an Australian partner visa?

A partner visa in Australia is a long-term visa for foreign nationals who are either married to, or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen. If you’re already in Australia, you’ll most likely want to apply for a subclass 820 visa before making a permanent visa application.

What are the requirements for a partner visa in Australia?

You can discuss all the eligibility details during your consultation with a partner visa migration agent or immigration lawyer in Melbourne or Sydney (or during your online meeting). The basic requirements at the time of writing are that you are 18 years or older, married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen and are able to meet the health/character requirements.

Can you stay in Australia while waiting for a partner visa?

If you apply for a partner or marriage visa in Australia, rather than an offshore partner visa, you will normally be granted a bridging visa while your application is under consideration. This visa will enable you to stay in Australia until a decision on your application is reached. If you’re not sure about your current status and are worried about having to leave the country, please feel free to call and speak to one of our partner visa lawyers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin or Hobart. That’s right, we attend clients anywhere in Australia.

How much does the partner visa cost?

You can check all Australian Partner Visa costs by clicking on this link.

The fees we charge for assisting with applications for a partner visa in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Hobart or any other location vary depending on the details of each individual case. However, we always charge a fixed fee for our services and will be able to tell you exactly how much it will cost after your initial consultation: there are no unpleasant surprises to worry about when working with a partner visa migration agent in Sydney or Melbourne from Gold Migration.

How long is the partner visa valid for?

A subclass 820 marriage or de facto visa in Australia is normally valid for 2 years. Applicants who are eligible may be granted a subclass 801 (permanent) Partner visa after this period.

Can a partner visa sponsor have sponsored someone before?

A sponsor can only sponsor a maximum of 2 partners in the course of life (exceptions apply). And the sponsor cannot have sponsored another partner within the last 5 years at the time of the new partner visa application (exceptions apply).

There is a big age gap between me and my partner. Will that affect our partner visa application?

If you can demonstrate and provide enough evidence that the relationship is genuine, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, you need to make your application very strong in order to clear any doubt in the mind of the Immigration Officer. We have approved many clients with age gaps of 20, 30 or even 40 years.

Can I apply for a partner visa if I'm unlawful in Australia?

In that case, you need to have “compelling reasons”. The “compelling reasons” provision allows an applicant who is unlawful in Australia to regularise their status if compelling reasons exist.

Examples of “compelling reasons” are severe illness or a serious accident to name a couple.

Immigration officers should consider circumstances on a case by case basis.

Factors which the Department may consider when determining whether your circumstances are compelling include:

  • your history of non-compliance with visa conditions;
  • the period that you have been an unlawful non-citizen;
  • the reason/s why you became an unlawful non-citizen;
  • the reason/s why you did not seek to regularise your visa status sooner; and
  • the steps that you took (if any) to regularise your lawful status in Australia (other than applying for the current visa).

We highly recommend you look for professional advice if you’ve been unlawful in Australia and you wish to apply for a partner visa.



If you’re on a bridging visa at the time of a partner visa application, you will need a schedule 3 waiver. In other words, you will need “compelling reasons”.

Compelling reasons for granting a substantive visa can be both based on personal circumstances or circumstances of another.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • The applicant and their partner have an Australian child; In this case the child might be adversely affected in the absence of one of the parents.
  • The Australian partner will suffer if the applicant is not granted the substantive visa; or
  • Circumstances which are beyond the control of the applicant, for example, serious illness or accident. For example, a serious illness prevented the person to apply for a new visa before the expiration of the previous visa.

That said, it’s not easy to convince the Department you have genuine compelling reasons. You should seek legal advice.

Here at Gold Migration we have successfully represented many clients with schedule 3 waiver applications…


Yes, you can register your relationship at Births, Deaths and Marriages if you live in one of these states: ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland or Tasmania. However, you need to show that you are living together but not necessarily for 12 months, as well as prove that you have a genuine relationship moving ahead.

Registration is not available in the Northern Territory.

Registration is available in Western Australia. HOWEVER, it CANNOT be used for Migration purposes. The DHA will NOT accept a Registration of Relationship Certificate from Western Australia.

If the relationship registration is not yet approved after you have lodged you partner visa application you will still eliminate the need for 12 months living together.

Having said that, if you haven’t lived with your partner for 12 months, we recommend you to seek legal advice as your chances of getting a partner visa refusal are high.

I’m on a visitor visa in australia. can i apply for onshore partner visa?

Yes, if you have a genuine relationship with an Australian resident or citizen and you meet the de facto criteria (12 months living together) you can apply for a Subclass 820 Onshore Partner Visa. If you don’t meet the 12-month criteria, you must register your relationship at Births, Deaths and Marriages if you are in one of these states: ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland or Tasmania. However, you need to show that you are living together but not necessarily for 12 months, as well as prove that you have a genuine relationship moving ahead.


If your current visa ends before you are granted the partner visa (SUBCLASS 820), you can stay in Australia on a Bridging visa A (BVA). You don’t need to apply for a BVA. You will be automatically granted BVA after you apply for your partner visa subclass 820. The BVA starts when your current temporary visa ends.

The BVA does not let you travel out of Australia and return. If you want to travel out of Australia, you must apply for a Bridging visa B (BVB).


Yes, you can work in Australia while waiting on your partner visa subclass 820 decision if you have BVA or BVB.


Yes, you can study in Australia while waiting on your partner visa subclass 820 decision if you have BVA or BVB. However, you are not entitled to Government support to pay for your studies.


Yes, you can enrol in Medicare while on BVA or BVB and waiting on your partner visa subclass 820 decision.


If you cancel your current visa you will become an unlawful non-citizen in Australia. This means you will not be eligible for a Bridging visa A, B, or C. You will only be entitled for a Bridging visa E. And you must lodge an application for a Bridging visa E.

The problem is that if you are holding a Bridging Visa E (BVE) you will need to meet schedule 3 criteria or compelling reasons to be able to apply for a partner visa subclass 820.


Below are the estimated processing time for all partner visas according to the Department of Home Affairs:

PARTNER VISA (SUBCLASS 820): between 23 and 30 months

PARTNER VISA (SUBCLASS 801): between 9 and 14 months

PARTNER VISA (SUBCLASS 309): between 21 and 28 months

PARTNER VISA (SUBCLASS 100): between 19 and 27 months

PARTNER VISA (SUBCLASS 300): between 25 and 34 months

But that’s not to say you can’t speed up your partner visa processing time.

Here at Gold Migration Lawyers we have had record-breaking partner visas’ processing times.

On 7 June 2021, a Nepalese national who hired us to prepare and lodge his partner visa application (Subclass 820) got it approved in only 3 months and 3 days.

Less than a month later, on 1 July 2021, a Thai client got her Partner Visa approved in just 4 months and 15 days.

What’s the secret? Visit this page to find out secrets, tips and advice to fast track your partner visa application.


Here at Gold Migration Lawyers we have had record-breaking partner visas’ processing times.

On 7 June 2021, a Nepalese national who hired us to prepare and lodge his partner visa application (Subclass 820) got it approved in only 3 months and 3 days. Less than a month later, on 1 July 2021, a Thai client got her Partner Visa approved in just 4 months and 15 days.

And more recently we had a partner visa (subclass 309) granted in only 2.5 months.

Part of the secret to speed up your partner visa processing time lies in how you structure the statutory declaration.

Events must follow a sequential order.

Everything must be interconnected.

No inconsistencies. It’s almost like writing a movie script.

To know all the secrets and tips to speed up your partner visa processing time visit this page secrets to fast track your partner visa application.

how much does a partner visa immigration agent charge?

Partner visa immigration agent fees vary according to the experience of the agent or lawyer.

If your partner visa application is not an easy one, find the best partner visa agent to help you with your application. If you are serious about getting your partner visa approved, of course.

Think about it. It’s like searching for a Doctor…

If you have some serious heart condition, you better off consulting with a top Cardiologist. Your chances of survival will dwindle if you just consult with a General Practitioner. And you definitely wouldn’t do your heart treatment with a Gastroenterologist also.

Needless to say, the cost of a General Practitioner consult is much cheaper than a consult with a Cardiologist. But it’s of your best interest that you find a good cardiologist if you want to increase your chances of survival, even if you have to pay more for that.

Likewise, if you are applying for a partner visa, consult with an agent or lawyer who specialises in partner visas, even if you have to pay a little more for that.

As the old saying goes: “you get what you pay for”.

If your partner visa application is refused, you will have to appeal to the AAT. And to have good chances of having this refusal overturn in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal you will have to hire a very good lawyer. You will end up spending way more than if you had hired a specialised lawyer or agent to prepare and lodge your partner visa application from the outset.

Gold Migration specialises in partner visas. We have 12+ years of experience. And a staggering 98.9% approval rate.

In 2020, Gold Migration was rated “Best Partner Visa Lawyers” in Australia by TTL. You can contact one of our top partner visa lawyers by clicking here.

You can find more information about partner visa migration agents on this page: Everything you need to know before booking your first consultation with a partner visa immigration agent.

I don’t live in Australia, can I APPLY FOR an Australian Partner Visa?

Yes, you can apply for an offshore partner visa you are in a relationship with an Australian permanent resident or citizen. However, you must have met your partner in person before and demonstrate a genuine relationship. If that’s the case, you may be eligible to apply for a partner visa subclass 309 or even a prospective marriage visa (subclass 300).

Another option would be to come to Australia as a visitor and once you are here you may apply for an onshore partner visa (subclass 820).

I am in Australia on a Visitor Visa (SUBCLASS 600). Can I apply for a partner visa?

Yes, you are in Australia as a visitor you may apply for an onshore partner visa (subclass 820) as long as you have a genuine relationship with an Australian permanent resident or citizen and meets all the other requirements for onshore partner visa.


You will need to provide the Department of Home Affairs  (DHA) with the death certificate of your partner, as well as a letter explaining the circumstances. If the Department of Home Affairs accepts that had your wife not died, your relationship would have continued, you will be granted a partner visa. 

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