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subclass 309

The Spouse Visa (Subclass 309) is a temporary visa that leads to a permanent partner visa Subclass 100. This visa lets the de facto partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible citizen of New Zealand to live in Australia temporarily.

eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Spouse Visa (Subclass 309) visa, you must:

  • not have a cancelled visa or refused application
  • not hold particular regional visas
  • be outside of Australia when you apply for this visa
  • be in a genuine relationship with your spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • have an eligible sponsor who is not barred to sponsor you.
  • meet the health and character requirements set by DHA
  • not have any debt to the Australian government

Application Process

In order to apply for the Spouse Visa (Subclass 309), you will need to:

  • lodge a combined application for Spouse Visa (Subclass 309) online from outside Australia
  • provide documents such as marriage certificate or Relationship Registration Certificate if you were married overseas. Your marriage should be recognised in Australia 

You may be required to supply further supporting documents for assessment by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).


visa benefits


you will be able to stay in Australia temporarily until you get your Subclass 100 grant


you will be able to live, work, and study anywhere in Australia.


you will be able to enrol in Australia’s Medicare system for public health care.


you will be able to attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program if you are eligible.


you can travel to and from Australia as many times you want.

Frequently asked questions

Can Solve Migration help with Spouse visa (subclass 309) applications?

Yes! Solve Migration’s professional legal team can support you through the Subclass 309 application and approval process. Solve Migration has 20+ years’ experience for Offshore Partner Visa, commonly known as Spouse Visa (Subclass 309).

What is the cost to apply for this visa?

For this visa, the standard cost for a primary applicant is $8,085 for the main applicant. There is also a fee charged for every family member who applies for this visa with you.

You may also be required to pay other costs associated with health checks, police clearances, biometrics, and other selection criteria.

You’ll only be charged if the Department of Home Affairs grants the visa. Please reach out to us if you need help estimating the complete visa cost for you and your family.

Please note that you will need to enter Australia before the last date specified on your Visa Grant Letter.

How long will processing take?

The typical processing times for the Subclass 309 visa are currently:

  • 25% of applications: 5 months
  • 50% of applications: 9 months
  • 75% of applications: 20 months
  • 90% of applications: 32 months
Where should I reside while applying for a Spouse visa (subclass 309)?

You must be offshore (outside Australia) while applying for a Subclass 309 visa.

What if I am not married to my Australian spouse and we haven’t lived together for 12 months?
If this is the case, you should consider a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa.
Am I able to travel to Australia while I am waiting for a decision on a Partner (subclass 309) visa?
Yes, you can travel to Australia. However, you must be offshore when the DHA makes a decision on your application. Some exemptions apply.

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