EVERY YEAR, AROUND 50,000 PARTNER VISAS ARE GRANTED BY AUSTRALIA. HERE ARE SOME TIPS AND ADVICE ON HOW TO FAST TRACK YOUR PARTNER OR SPOUSE VISA APPLICATIONS.

Applying for partner visa is a complex process and depending upon the individual circumstances a serious effort and a substantial amount of documents might be required to get the visa approval.

The Partner visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to stay in Australia temporarily.

Getting this visa is the first step towards a permanent Partner visa followed by a pathway to permanent residency. The process for partner visa is rather complex and time-consuming. It’s a costly affair. The lack of guidance and insufficient paperwork often results in delayed outcomes

There are thousands of applicants who are desperate to get this visa. But it all depends upon individual circumstance and how organised the applicant is.

I’ve seen visa approvals in five to seven months. For a fast-track process, the visa application must be thorough and extensively supported through evidence and supporting documents.

Partner visa applications should be lodged as ‘decision ready’ by attaching all documents at the time of application.

You can significantly cut the wait time if you lodge a ‘decision ready’ application which is commonly known as a ‘front loaded’ application.

We’re talking about the world’s costliest visa application that comes at a hefty price of $7,160. So give it a thorough preparation and enough time before the final submission.

The Department of Home Affairs’ current processing time for partner visa applications is between 17 to 21 months.

The global processing time for these applications was last updated on 21 November 2018 for the month ending 31 October 2018.