Australia’s Subclass 801 permanent Visa allows an Australian PR, Australian citizen, or an eligible New Zealand citizen to sponsor their spouse or de facto partner to live in Australia Permanently. It is for people who already have a subclass 820 visa or the temporary partner visa.

Who is Eligible?

The Subclass 801 Partner Visa is the concluding step to acquiring a permanent partner visa. You must apply for Subclass 801 concurrently as Subclass 820, a temporary partner visa. You can file for this only after two years of holding the Subclass 820 visa. You have met the following criteria to be eligible for this visa:

  • You must be in the country while applying for this on-shore visa.
  • You and your partner must be 18 years of age or more. There can be certain exceptions to this if you are married. 
  • If your partner is not 18 years old, their guardian/parent can sponsor in their place.
  • You must be in a de facto relationship or be married to your partner.
  • You have to hold a Subclass 820 visa, and your sponsor is still sponsoring you after two years.  
  • You need to provide evidence for your relationship, both de facto and marriage. It must show these aspects of your relationship including, household, financial, social, and commitment to one another.
  • Your sponsor should meet the specific character requirements with a police clearance to support it. 
  • You have to meet the health and character requirements.
  • You must not be in debt to the Australian government. 

How to apply for Subclass 801

  • The first phase of this two-stage visa is to apply for the combined subclass 820 and 801. You will submit the required documents and pay the fee for a single application. 
  • After you receive the subclass 820 visa, you will have to wait for two years, after which you can move on to the final stage. On the off chance that you and your partner have split at this time, there are circumstances where you can apply for permanent residence.
  • Once you pass the required time, you must gather all necessary documents according to the Subclass 820/801 checklist. It includes Proof of relationship, passport, character document, etc. 
  • The next step is to apply on the ImmiAccount website and attach the documents to the form. You can send this no earlier than one month before the two-year mark of the subclass 820 visa.
  • After you have applied, you can add documents or change details via the ImmiAccount. Remember to note down the Transaction Reference Number. 
  • In the end, you will receive the visa outcome in writing.

Visa Processing Time

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Processing Time


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5 Months


9 Months


16 Months


The processing time for partner visa subclass 801 can take about 22 to 26 months on average for 70-90% of the applicants, depending on the specific circumstance of the application. The time can increase if your application does not have all the documents in place.


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