What Happens After You Apply For 820 Partner Visa To Australia

After the success of my post about How To Apply For The 820 Defacto Partner Visa To Australia, I know a lot of you are wondering what happens next? Here’s my story since applying for the partner visa.

The partner visa is split into two sections:

  1. The visa subclass 820 visa – temporary visa, part 1
  2. The visa subclass 801 visa – permanent visa, part 2

You have to apply for part 1, 820 visa first which I did on 1 May 2014.

Defacto Visa

Read the popular post on how to apply for part 1 – Subclass 820 partner visa here

As soon as I applied for Part 1, I went straight onto a Bridging Visa which gave me full working rights in Australia. I was sent confirmation of the bridging visa via email from Immigration. Anyone applying for Part 1 is automatically put onto the bridging visa whilst the application is awaiting approval.

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For everything relating to The Bridging Visa, read more here

I was also sent confirmation from Immigration via email a few days after I posted the application off saying they had received it. I didn’t hear from them again until a year later at the end of April 2015 when I received an email saying my visa had been approved.

Then in February 2016 I received another email stating I was eligible to apply for part 2 –  the permanent 801 partner visa once my two years was up from the date I applied for the 820 visa. This means as of 1 May 2016 I could apply for the permanent visa. I am now in the process of doing this and will write another post detailing what I had to do in this application.

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Read my Q&A for those of you applying for Part 1 – 820 partner visa here

Hope this helps! As always please comment below or send me a direct email here if you need any more help!

Just to also remind you all I do not work for Immigration, I am just another person who is going through the partner visa process and just sharing  my experience.

Thanks for reading

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What Happens After You Apply For 820 Partner Visa To Australia
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  • Kyle Larson

    Hello. I just want to say thanks for putting up all the info about applying for the DeFacto Partner Visa was really helpful. I’ve heard different things from people regarding whether or not if you are aloud to work after you submit the Temporary subclass 820 visa while it is processing. Curious to know as I’m going to be applying in country and thought that I’d have to wait to work once the visa was processed.

    Cheers