Partner Visa for Spouse

The Australian spouse visa, officially known as the Partner visa, is a type of visa that allows the spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live and work in Australia.

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Migration Regulations for Spouse

If the Minister is considering an application for:

(a) a Partner (Migrant) (Class BC) visa; or
(b) a Partner (Provisional) (Class UF) visa; or
(c) a Partner (Residence) (Class BS) visa; or
(d) a Partner (Temporary) (Class UK) visa;


The Minister must consider all of the circumstances of the relationship, including the prescribed matters:

(a)  the financial aspects of the relationship, including:

(i)  any joint ownership of real estate or other major assets; and

(ii)  any joint liabilities; and

(iii)  the extent of any pooling of financial resources, especially in relation to major financial commitments; and

(iv)  whether one person in the relationship owes any legal obligation in respect of the other; and

(v)  the basis of any sharing of day-to-day household expenses; and

(b)  the nature of the household, including:

(i)  any joint responsibility for the care and support of children; and

(ii)  the living arrangements of the persons; and

(iii)  any sharing of the responsibility for housework; and

(c)  the social aspects of the relationship, including:

(i)  whether the persons represent themselves to other people as being married to each other; and

(ii)  the opinion of the persons’ friends and acquaintances about the nature of the relationship; and

(iii)  any basis on which the persons plan and undertake joint social activities; and

(d)  the nature of the persons’ commitment to each other, including:

(i)  the duration of the relationship; and

(ii)  the length of time during which the persons have lived together; and

(iii)  the degree of companionship and emotional support that the persons draw from each other; and

(iv)  whether the persons see the relationship as a long-term one.


If the Minister is considering an application for a visa of a class other than a class mentioned in subregulation (2), the Minister may consider any of the circumstances mentioned in subregulation (3).


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