What is the difference between an offshore and an onshore partner visa?
The making of an application for a visa can be a difficult and complex process. It need not be.
Often enquiries are made as to the difference between an offshore and onshore Partner Visa. Our expert team of immigration lawyers at Brydens Lawyers can assist.
An offshore visa application means you apply for an Australian visa while you are outside of Australia, and you should be outside Australia when your visa is granted.
If you are within Australia and you apply for your visa, it is an onshore application and you must be in Australia both when you make the application and when the visa is granted.
If you apply for your visa whilst onshore, you will be provided with a Bridging visa which will allow you to remain in Australia. It is important to review your visa conditions as some Bridging Visa’s do not allow for work rights and can impose various other restrictions.
1. Onshore Partner Visa
Partner Visa (subclass 820 and 801) is the type of onshore partner visa which can be applied for by the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen while they are within Australia.
One of the essential requirements of the visa is addressed as follows in the literature in no uncertain terms as follows:
‘You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when we decide your temporary visa application. Family who applies with you must also be in Australia.’
2. Offshore Partner Visa
Partner Visa (subclass 309 and 100) is the offshore partner visa which allows the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to apply for while they are outside of Australia.
For more information regarding the application eligibility and process in terms of Partner Visa, please contact our professional registered Migration Agent and lawyers who can assist. Strict time limits apply so do not delay in contacting Brydens Lawyers on 1800 848 848 or at brydens.com.au. At Brydens Lawyers – #WEDO immigration matters.