Partner / De-Facto (309/100)


The Partner/De Facto visa (309) allows you to live in Australia if you are the spouse or de facto partner of:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen

The Partner/De Facto visa (309) is the first stage towards a permanent Partner visa (100). You lodge only one application for your temporary and permanent visas and pay one application charge. Your application is processed in two stages, about two years apart.


You must be outside Australia and married or in a de facto relationship with:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen.

You must be in a genuine and ongoing relationship. You must live with your partner or, if you do not, any separation must be only temporary.

Both parties must freely consent to the relationship.

You can apply if you intend to marry your partner before a decision on your visa is made.

In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than two years from when you lodge your application however; you could be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual two-year waiting period if you meet certain requirements.

[Source: DIPB]

Take a 30 Second simple assessment to know if you qualify.