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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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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.

Nane Siamoa
Nane S.
Gold Migration Lawyers made everything so easy for us to understand our Case Manager Walt was the best always so patient with us because we didn’t have a clue what we were doing my partner and I work full time jobs with little time to spare so having them represent us and help us throughout this whole process and submit our application was the BEST DECISION I have ever made and only after 58 days of submitting our application our Partner Visa was GRANTED!!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 THANKYOU GOLD MIGRATION LAWYERS Especially to you Walt for all your Hardwork in helping us receive this 461 Visa and start our new journey together here in Australia 🇦🇺read more
In March, I received an invitation from the AAT and consulted a few immigration lawyers. I ultimately chose Gold Migration, and it was the best decision I could have made.I want to give a big shout-out to Seameh and Gearoid. Seameh has been amazing and incredibly helpful since day one, providing continuous support and guidance. Gearoid, thank you so much for preparing me for my case with such patience and dedication. Your help was invaluable.We went to the AAT in May, and a few weeks later, I was overjoyed to be notified that I had won my case. Tears of happiness streamed down my face as I realized what a monumental victory this was.I highly recommend Gold Migration. To say they are amazing would be an understatement. Their professionalism and dedication are truly exceptional. They went above and beyond for me.Once again, I can't thank you both enough. Your assistance means the world to me, and I am deeply grateful.read more
I would like to thank Peter Pang (he has left) and Walt Calis for their absolutely amazing and caring nature. Peter was an absolute gem. When I heard that he had left, I was devastated. However that feeling didn’t last long as Walt helped me with my visa application after. He has always been so prompt in responding to my emails, so caring, and friendly. Nothing was ever too difficult for him and he made sure I was well informed and updated throughout the whole process. Although my visa application was a long wait of 4 years, we made it through. He called me to deliver the good news and I can’t thank him enough. Thank you once again Walt. I appreciate you and everything you have done.read more
Natalie Nyein
Natalie N.
I was so stressed about applying for a protection visa because I heard about how difficult it was to apply for and the rejection rates, but Saemeh and her team made the process easy and seamless. All I had to do was fill out some forms and send out my documents and they took care of everything! If you are a Burmese citizen looking for a protection visa I couldn't recommend anyone better to handle your case.read more
Pramela Raja Desinggit
Pramela Raja D.
I cannot speak highly enough of my lawyer Mr Walt and his exceptional representation throughout my appeal process at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). From the moment I engaged their services, I was impressed by their professionalism, expertise, and unwavering dedication to my case.Mr Walt demonstrated an unparalleled understanding of migration law and meticulously prepared my appeal, leaving no stone unturned. His clear communication and guidance throughout the entire process alleviated any concerns I had, providing me with the confidence and reassurance I needed during what was undoubtedly a stressful time.What truly sets Mr Walt apart is his genuine care for his clients. He took the time to understand my unique circumstances, and his personalized approach ensured that my case received the attention it deserved. His strategic legal arguments were both persuasive and compelling, ultimately leading to a favorable outcome at the AAT.I am immensely grateful to Mr Walt for his unwavering support and tireless efforts on my behalf. Thanks to his expertise and dedication, I can now look forward to a positive future in Australia. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr Walt to anyone in need of expert migration legal services.Thank you once again for everything.Sincerely,Pramela Raja Desinggitread more
I am highly thankful to Saemeh Ghasemi and Carolyn Araboghlian for helping me to get visa for my wife and 12 years old step daughter.I was stuck with any other migration agent for almost 2 years but no response from immigration.Someone has recommended me Gold migration and I received my visa in 5 months with their hardwork and well prepared lodgement of my file.Little bit expensive for me but really worth it.Thanksread more
Nay Zaw
Nay Z.
Saemeh has been very supportive and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Abdul hamid Adam
Abdul hamid A.
My partner and I walked into Gold Migration for the first time in early November 2023 for seeking help about my case in AAT. Saemeh Ghasemi help me and support me through with everything that I need to prepare for hearing in next few week. Saemeh Ghasemi also accompany and attend AAT hearing with me. Saemeh Ghasemi always give us mentally support, tell us don’t be stress. In January 2024, Saemeh called me and give me a good news, that we won ATT. Thank you Saemeh Ghasemi, you make my self and my partner can be together and stay in Australia together. Thank you Gold migration lawyers.read more
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Simon m
I engaged Gold Migration, because I had left things a little too late and there were some factors that were too complicated and too confusing and too high risk for me to do on my own.My first meeting with them was by video. I was looking at a set up with lined up desks much like you see in a court room drama. There were 3 people in the room. They asked me to describe my circumstances and they answered my questions. They were forthright and pulled no punches, they told me the risks and the issues I would have to deal with. Then they conferred together and then gave me a price. It wasn’t the most expensive I had been quoted, nor the cheapest, but what impressed me about them was the machine like efficiency they dealt with the problem from the beginning. There are NO surprises from this firm. They lay out all the costs at the time of engagement, they tell you the steps they will be taking and their approach.Remember this is Immigration you’re dealing with, even expert lawyers have no control over such a department, timescale is not in the control of you or your lawyers.For the first month it was a flurry of activity for me. They sent me a cloud based drive to upload all my documents and evidence to. They reviewed it and made suggestions. All of the statements they asked me to write came with examples and best way to write them. Then they told me they had everything they needed and to leave it with them. On reflection I realised I had witnessed a highly experienced team in action. They asked for and got what they needed, it was explained and documented and organised. They have a very efficient set of procedures they follow and they make sure all the boxes are ticked before they submit.You can’t fault this level of experience and practical application, you basically pay them and go along for the ride. Over the months as immigration dealt with the case they came back to me a few times and asked for more information. I know they wrote reports and fielded questions from immigration but all I got was a comment that everything was tracking as planned.The most interesting part for me to see was the obvious pleasure and satisfaction they enjoyed when they called me to tell me we finally had the PR visa. They took it personally and that meant a lot to me.Are they expensive ? Well that depends, how much is having your family members live with you in Australia worth to you ? They are not the cheapest , they are not the most expensive, but I am confident that they are the best!If you are worried about getting a loved one or a valued worker a visa, or you are having issues with your visa, you should not hesitate to go with the gold standard. Go with Gold Immigration and sleep better at night knowing your visa issue is in good hands.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.