To apply for any visas or seek any advice about residency or citizenship: Always check with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) first either on their website www.immi.gov.au or Telephone: 131 880 to inquire about citizenship which is free, or you may wish to consult with a Migration Agent which may incur a fee.
Please note: Information collated and shared has come from our own research of government website sources or other related links in an attempt to help New Zealand families and individuals understand and follow the necessary processes needed to meet any possible residency requirements.
Iwi n Aus are made up of volunteers who are committed to helping our people but we are not trained specialists, nor are we able to provide any legal migration advice. We can however do our best to help point you in the right direction. We endeavour to continually improve the quality of information provided to ensure all processes are made clear and as stress free as possible. We also encourage any feedback that may help us to improve the way in which we provide help and support.
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Married spouses (de jure)
To apply in Australia for a Partner visa on the basis of marriage, you must be legally married to your
partner (in most cases, your sponsor). To apply outside Australia on the basis of marriage, you must either
be legally married to your partner at time of application or intend to legally marry your partner in the near
future (before a decision is made on the temporary Partner visa).
If you were married in a country other than Australia and that marriage is valid in that country, generally it
will be recognised as valid under Australian law. There are some exceptions, such as same-sex, underage
or polygamous marriages, which are not accepted in Australia. More information on marriages recognised
in Australia is available from the Attorney-General’s Department website www.ag.gov.au
To be eligible for a Partner visa on the basis of your marriage, you must:
• be sponsored by an eligible person (see ‘Sponsorship eligibility’ on page 14)
• be legally married to your partner (usually your sponsor);
• show that you and your partner have a mutual commitment to a shared life as husband and wife to
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• show that you have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner (see page 39);
• show that you and your partner are living together or, if not, that any separation is only temporary;
• meet health and character requirements (see pages 19–21).
For all the information about sponsoring your spouse please check through the Partner Migration Booklet.