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.


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.


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