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Onshore Partner Visa Processing Times and Priorities

DIAC has published the following advice about current onshore Partner visa application processing times and priorities:

Processing Times and Priorities for the Onshore Partner Program

The onshore Partner visa program is experiencing strong demand, and as a result, the current average processing time for subclass 820 applications is around 13 months from lodgement. This is an average processing time and the actual processing time for each application may vary significantly.

Generally, applications are considered in date order but some applications will take longer to finalise than others. Applications that will be prioritised include those which have been remitted following successful review or Ministerial Intervention, and applications which have special circumstances of a compelling or compassionate nature.

Applications that may be decided more quickly include those involving family violence, and those that are ‘assessment ready’ at lodgement. The time to decide assessment ready applications will vary due to a number of factors, including the need for further investigation or external checking, the large proportion of applications that are assessment ready and the need to progress other applications in a fair and timely manner.

Applications that are ‘assessment ready’ are automatically identified as such by the department when we receive them. There is no need to contact us separately about this.”

Please contact us to enquire how we can take steps to improve your prospects for approval ensure your application is prioritised.

Visa Application Charge Increases – from 1 January 2013

The Government has announced as part of its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) the following increased Visa Applications Charges (VACs) to come into effect on 1 January 2013:

  • Partner (Onshore) Temporary Visa (Subclass 820) and Permanent visa (subclass 801) – $3975 (up from $3060)
  • Partner (Offshore) Temporary Visa (Subclass 309) and Permanent Visa (Subclass 100) – $2680 (up from $2060)
  • Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) – $2680 (up from $2060)
  • Temporary Long Stay Visa (Subclass 457) – $455 (up from $350)
  • Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) – $365 (up from $280)
  • Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) – $365 (up from $280)


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