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To obtain a Spouse visa, the applicant must be legally married to or in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen permanently resident in Australia.
De facto relationship - Australian law also recognises de facto spouses. De facto spouses live together as husband and wife but are not legally married. For migration purposes, de facto relationship spouses must have been in that relationship for 12 months.
Obtaining permanent residence as a spouse, including de facto spouse, is a two-step process, with a Provisional Spouse visa being granted first, and then the Permanent Spouse visa. Applicants apply for both the provisional and the permanent visa at the same time. Unless the relationship is long term, applicants are initially assessed against the rules for the provisional visa. Once this is granted, the applicant can travel to Australia. Two years after the initial application, DIMIA will assess against the rules for the permanent visa.
STAGE 1 - Spouse Temporary Visa
This stage involves assessment of the eligibility for a temporary visa based on the application. The applicant will be asked to provide the following:
STAGE 2 - Spouse Permanent Visa
The second stage of processing will begin approximately 2 years after the visa application was lodged and involves assessment of the eligibility for a permanent visa.
During this stage, the Department of Immigration will ask for:
If the applicant meets the requirements, a permanent residence visa will be granted.
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