Marrying a person from a different country or nationality is no longer unusual now. That is why, in Australia, the Department of Home Affairs has introduced visas, particularly catering to spouses or soon-to-be spouses. Specifically, the partner visa is meant for the ones who are spouses of eligible citizens of New Zealand or Australia, and permanent residents of this country.

 A. PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE VISA (SUBCLASS 300)- This visa permits you to visit Australia to marry your prospective partner and then apply for a Partner visa. The applicant must be sponsored by the prospective partner and plan to marry the person before the validity of the visa ends.

With this visa you can:
  • Live in Australia for 9 and 15 months from the date of grant of visa
  • Work in Australia
  • Study in Australia at your own expense

B. PARTNER VISA SUBCLASS (SUBCLASS 309 & 100)- The Partner Visa 309 and visa subclass 100 is an Australian Visa that allows the partner or de facto partner of an Australian permanent resident, or a citizen of New Zealand or, Australian citizen to come and live in the country. The subclass 100 visa is permitted to people who are holders of temporary partner visas in subclass 309. With a subclass 100 visa, you can live in the country for an indefinite period. You can also apply for citizenship of the country if you qualify for the eligibility clauses that are stated by the authority under Visa 100.
If an individual is a permanent resident of Australia and can meet the eligibility requirements given, he might be able to apply for citizenship by conferral. This means that this particular person is to be conferred or given citizenship.

An individual becomes a citizen once he meets the requirements. Generally, he can apply for the visa, if he:
  • Is a permanent resident at the time of application and at the time of decision
  • Meets the residence requirements
  • Is of good character
  • Has a basic knowledge of the English language
  • Intends to reside or maintain a close and continued connection with Australia
  • Has sufficient knowledge of privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in Australia
  • Applicants who are 60 years old and above are not required to take the citizenship test.

Aside from the eligibility criteria mentioned for Australian Citizenship, there are other things to consider for the application to be processed and selected. Generally, a person can apply for a visa if he is a migrant and holds a permanent residence. Usually, the requirements for the residence are mentioned below:
  • He must have lived in Australia holding a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before the application
  • Must have been a permanent resident for 12 months immediately before application and not have been absent from this country for more than one year in all, during the four years including not over 90 days in the 12 months before the application
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