You may be eligible for a partner category visa if you are:
To apply for the Partner Visa on the basis of marriage, you must be legally married to your Australian partner and sponsor. To apply from outside Australia, you must be legally married to your partner at the time of application or intend to legally marry your partner before a decision is made on the temporary Partner Visa.
Applying for a Partner Visa is a 2-stage process. You apply for both a temporary and permanent visa in the one application at the same time.
If you lodge your application outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the temporary visa is granted. If you lodge your application in Australia, you must be in Australia when the temporary visa is granted.
Have permission to travel to and from Australia until a decision is made on your permanent visa application; and be able to work in Australia.
If you lodge your partner application outside Australia, you may be either in or outside Australia when the permanent visa is granted. If you lodge your application in Australia, you must be in Australia when this visa is granted.
In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than 2 years from when you lodge your application. However, you may be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual 2 year waiting period if at the time you apply you meet certain criteria.
You have been in a relationship with your partner for 5 years or more (as a married or de facto partner); or You and your partner have been in a married or de facto relationship for 2 years and have children.
The Australian Prospective Marriage Visa is a temporary fiancee visa for unmarried partners wishing to migrate to Australia. The visa is valid for 9 months only, during which time you must marry your Australian sponsor.
Full work rights are granted for the duration of the Prospective Marriage Visa. Once you are married, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residence through a Spouse Visa.