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Partner Visa Entitlements
What does a partner visa entitle me to?
If your application for an interdependent partner or spouse visa is successful, you will be granted a provisional visa for two years.
During this period, you will have full working rights and you will be entitled to public healthcare, administered through a Government scheme called Medicare. Dependent children aged 6-18 will be eligible to attend public (government-funded) schools in Australia. However, there is a two year waiting period before you are entitled to receive social security payments, including sickness and unemployment benefits.
After two years, you will be assessed for permanent residency in Australia. This is dependent on the continuation of your relationship with your partner. As a permanent resident, you have the right to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely.
Generally, permanent residents can work for any employer in any occupation. However, employment in the Australian Public Service or Defence Force is usually restricted to Australian citizens.
After living in Australia for a further two years as a permanent resident, you may decide to apply for Australian citizenship, or you can continue to retain your current citizenship. As an Australian citizen, you can vote in Federal, State or local government elections or stand for election as a candidate in these elections.
Do you qualify for a Partner Visa?
Determine your eligibility for the Partner Migration Program in just a few minutes and begin the Visa Application Process to Australia.