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Partner Migration visas
- Married or de facto partners - subclasses 309/100
- Prospective Marriage subclass 300
If you wish to enter and/or settle in Australia as the partner or fiancé(e) of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, you may apply for a Partner Category visa.
There are 2 types of Partner Category visas:
Partner - you are the married partner or de facto partner (including
same sex relationships) of your sponsor
Prospective Marriage (fiancé(e)) - you must have met your sponsor and
intend to marry him/her in Australia
Your non Australian-citizen dependent children, and in some circumstances other dependent family members, may be included in your application.
Comprehensive information about applying for Partner Migration is included in an information booklet published on the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and you should read this carefully.
The following information provides specific information to guide you through the application process at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
How to lodge a Partner Migration application
eLodgementSince 6 December 2013, a new electronic method of submitting your Partner Migration application via eLodgement has been introduced. This online method is available to visa applicants of all nationalities. Applications on paper forms can still be lodged.
For further information about online applications, please refer to the Department’s website “Partner visa online applications”
Preparing your application - a step-by-step guide
Please read carefully and follow the information provided under the links below. A well-prepared application will avoid unnecessary delays.
- eLodging applicants should follow the same guidelines, but ALL required documents MUST be uploaded electronically via your ImmiAccount. Note that the sponsor MUST complete their sponsorship online, through their own ImmiAccount.
1. THE APPLICANT
2. THE SPONSOR
3. DEPENDENT CHILDREN AND OTHER DEPENDENTS
4. RELATIONSHIP EVIDENCE
Depending on the visa subclass and type of relationship you will be required to submit different evidence of the relationship (select the appropriate):
MARRIED PARTNERS (Subclass 309/100)
DE FACTO PARTNERS (Subclass 309/100)
opposite-sex or same-sex partners, including applicants for the former
subclass 310/110 Interdependency
PROSPECTIVE MARRIAGE (Subclass 300)
5. VISA APPLICATION CHARGES
6. PROCESSING TIME (see below)
7. FAQ Partner Migration
including information on certified copies, translations etc.
IMPORTANT. Submit your application and documents as loose plain paper only. DO NOT place your application in a folder or plastic sleeves, and do not staple documents together. This will slow the processing of your application.
As a guide, the current minimum expected processing time for Partner Migration visas at the Australian Embassy in Berlin is at least 10 to 14 months for most applications, from the date the application is lodged. Note that actual processing times will vary due to a variety of factors, and more complex cases which require an interview or referral of documents in relation to health and character requirements may take much longer.
We aim to finalise applications as quickly as possible. However, we are unable to guarantee that an application will be finalised by a particular date.
More information about Partner visa processing is available on the following link:
Important Additional Information
We do NOT need you to send your passport with your visa application. A high quality colour copy of the biodata page of your valid passport should be enclosed with the visa application.
Please mail your application or deliver personally to the following address:
(Visa Counter Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00 - 11.00 hrs):
Further information about partner migration is available.
See: Booklet 1 - Partner Migration.
Other booklets and all relevant forms are available.
See: Booklets and Forms
See: How to contact the department?
Under the terms of the Australian Privacy Act, we cannot provide information about applications in progress to any person who has not been authorised. To authorise a migration agent or another person to communicate with the department on your behalf, please complete and submit one of the following forms:
- Form 956 - Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance
- Form 956A - Appointment or withdrawal of Authorised recipient