Navigating Love and Immigration: A Guide to Australia's Partner Visa Subclass 820

Understanding the Subclass 820 Visa
The Subclass 820 Visa is a temporary visa that allows the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live, work, and study in Australia. It is the first step towards obtaining permanent residency through the Partner Visa (Subclass 801), which is applied for after a waiting period.

Key Features and Benefits
Temporary Residency: The Subclass 820 Visa grants temporary residency, allowing the visa holder to live, work, and study in Australia while their permanent Partner Visa application is processed.

Pathway to Permanent Residency: After a waiting period, typically two years from the date of application, Subclass 820 Visa holders become eligible to apply for the permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801), which grants permanent residency in Australia.

Work and Study Rights: Visa holders have unrestricted work and study rights in Australia, enabling them to pursue employment and educational opportunities without restrictions.

Access to Services: Visa holders are entitled to access Australia's healthcare system (Medicare) and other social services during their stay in Australia.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the partner visa Subclass 820, applicants must meet certain requirements, including:

Relationship Requirement: Applicants must be in a genuine and continuing relationship with their Australian partner, evidenced by documentation such as joint bank accounts, shared bills, and statements from friends and family.

Health and Character Checks: Applicants must undergo health examinations and provide police clearance certificates to ensure they meet the health and character requirements for entry into Australia.

Temporary Residency Requirement: Applicants must be in Australia at the time of application and continue to be in Australia until a decision is made on their visa application.