People who intend to migrate to Australia as a partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or an eligible New Zealand citizen) may apply for one of the following visas at the Australian Embassy, Moscow:
- Fiancé(e) – subclass 300 Prospective Marriage
- Partner – subclass 309 Partner (Provisional). This includes married spouses and de facto partners (including same-sex partners). A subclass 100 Partner (Migrant) visa may also be granted - this will be assessed by the case officer and no separate application is required.
You must be outside Australia when you apply for and also when granted a Partner (Provisional) or Prospective Marriage visa. You can be in or outside Australia when a Partner (Migrant) visa is granted.
Detailed information about Partner and Prospective Marriage visas is available from the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection:
How to Apply
- Download the Partner Visa Document Checklist for a summary of documents you must provide when applying for this visa at the Australian Embassy, Moscow
- Apply online (preferred) or using paper application
- Paper applications forms can be downloaded here
- Pay the charge for your visa application
Fraud in Visa Applications
All applicants for visas should be aware that if your application include false or fraudulently obtained documents, or information that is false or misleading, your application may be refused. This includes information given by you, a member of your family, or another person acting on your behalf. You and your family members may also be barred from entering Australia for three years, which would include being considered for other visa types. This applies to both temporary visas (such as Visitors and Students), and permanent visas (such as Partner, Child and Other Family visas).
The immigration and citizenship fraud reporting service receives reports relating to individuals who do not hold a valid visa to remain in Australia, are working illegally in breach of their visa conditions, or have lied or provided false documents in their visa application.
From 13 March 2017, you will be able to view current global visa and citizenship processing times for most visa subclasses and citizenship types. To view current processing times, see the product page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for. You can navigate to any product from Individuals and Travellers or Visa Support. On the product page, two processing times will be displayed, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of all applications submitted globally.
Processing times apply from the date your complete application is lodged.
You can also use the Visa Finder to compare processing times for up to three different products.
Please note that applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and that actual processing times may vary due to individual circumstances including:
- whether the applicant has lodged a complete application including all necessary supporting documents
- how promptly the applicant responds to any requests for additional information
- how long it takes to perform required checks
- how long it takes to receive additional information from external parties, particularly in relation to health, character, national security, and Assurance of Support requirements
- the number of places available in the migration programme (for permanent migration visas)
- surges in demand and peak periods
To ensure your application falls within the published processing times, we strongly encourage you to submit complete applications. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will assist in making sure you have included all required documents during the application process.
Health and Character Requirements
All applicants for permanent entry to Australia must meet health and character requirements before the grant of a visa. You should not undertake medical examinations until requested to do so by the Embassy
All visitors are strongly recommended to obtain comprehensive health insurance prior to travel.
Please do not contact your visa case officer to check whether they have received the results of your medical examination. Your visa case officer will advise you if the results have not been received.
Initial Entry to Australia
If your Partner visa application is successful, you will be advised of the date you are required to enter Australia (your ‘initial entry date’) at the time of the visa grant. This is generally (though not always) within one to three months of the date of visa grant, and is usually linked to the validity of an applicant’s health and character clearances. If you do not enter Australia before this date, you will have breached a condition of your visa and your visa may be subject to cancellation.
The initial entry date for a visa cannot be extended after the visa has been granted. If you are aware that you will not be able to travel within one to three months after the grant of a visa (assuming your application is successful) you should notify your visa case officer before your visa application is finalised, and indicate when you would be able to travel. An extension to the visa entry date will only be granted for up to three months, and only in very exceptional and compelling circumstances. If an extension is granted, you may need to undergo new health and/or character checks.
Notifications of Decisions
All advice of visa decisions is sent to applicants and/or their agents by the method of correspondence indicated in the application form. If you have nominated your partner’s address as the address for correspondence, we will send the advice of the decision to that address.
Advice of visa approval is accompanied by general information about the migration process to Australia.
If your visa application is refused, you will be notified of this by letter along with a decision record providing the reasons for the refusal and information about your review rights. the Embassy is not able to pass decision records to a partner without the written permission of the applicant.
Additional information for sponsors.