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Sponsor Requirements For Partner & Prospective Marriage Visa Applications

Know your responsibilities as a sponsor to make the application process as efficient as possible for your partner.

Applying for an Australian Prospective Marriage or Partner Visa can be a very long, drawn-out process. As the sponsor for your de facto partner or spouse, it’s important for you to understand your role and its requirements, in order to make the visa application process for your partner as efficient as possible.

What’s Required Of A Sponsor For Prospective Marriage & Partner Visa Applications?

It’s a common misconception that when couples are applying for their Australian Prospective Marriage or Partner Visa, only the foreign partner must provide documentation. However, all Australian sponsors are now required to obtain an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Check as part of the visa application.

Which Visas Are Affected?

If your partner is applying for any of the visas listed below, it is your responsibility as a sponsor to obtain an Australian Federal Police Check.

Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

This visa allows your intended spouse to travel to Australia to marry before applying for the Partner visa.

Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 820)

This visa allows your de facto partner or spouse to live in Australia while their permanent visa application is being processed.

Permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801)

This visa allows your spouse or de facto partner to reside in Australia permanently.

How Could This Impact Your Visa Application?

The sponsor of a Prospective Marriage or Partner Visa is responsible for undertaking and obtaining the correct Australian Federal Police Check for their de facto partner or spouse.

A common mistake made by people unfamiliar with the Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa process is obtaining either a State Police Clearance or Partial Disclosure Australia Federal Police Check. These kinds of documents will be rejected by the Australian Department of Immigration, as Australian Federal Police Checks are the only check deemed acceptable by the government. This is because Australian Federal Police Checks are the most comprehensive, secure, and reliable police check in Australia.

If a sponsor fails to obtain and process the correct Australian Federal Police Check, they risk having their de facto partner or spouse’s visa rejected, resulting in the forced deportation of their partner. Their partner would then have to reapply for their visa while overseas, which will incur another visa application charge and a wait of up to 18 months for a new decision.

Alternatively, a sponsor may appeal a refusal if the application was lodged within Australia, but this would involve considerable cost and still result in a delay of 12 – 18 months while waiting for a decision.

Apply For Your AFP Check Now

Global Police Checks is Australia’s fastest, cheapest, and most secure way to obtain an Australian Federal Police Check. As the only company that provides both a secure paper AFP Check as well as a certified digital version, Global Police Checks can generally provide your documentation within a week from submission.

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