5 Year Wait Between Partner Visa Applications



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Five Year Wait Between Separate Partner Visa Applications.

A sponsor for a Partner Visa cannot sponsor more than 2 partners in a lifetime, and each must be at least 5 years apart.

Some people find the information on this to be confusing, especially those who are not on partner visas, but think it applies to their partner on a visa such as a skilled visa. This particular rule only applies to Partner Visa subclasses.  Even though a skilled visa applicant adds their spouse to their skilled visa, this is not classed as sponsoring a partner visa.

The exact wording on the Limitations for sponsorship, shown at homeaffairs.gov.au/…/30partnersand detailed below, specifies ONLY Partner and Prospective Marriage visas. ie: subclass 300, 820/801 and 309/100 visas.

A sponsor who has previously sponsored a partner or prospective marriage visa applicant cannot sponsor another partner or prospective marriage visa applicant until at least five years have passed since the first application was made.

A person who themselves were granted a partner or prospective marriage visa is also prevented from sponsoring a partner or prospective marriage visa applicant until at least five years have passed since they made their own visa application.


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A person may sponsor two partner or prospective marriage visa applicants in total.

The sponsorship limitations referred to above may be waived if the sponsor has compelling circumstances affecting them. These include but are not limited to situations where:

    • the previous fiancé or partner has died or left the relationship, leaving young children
    • a new relationship is formed that is long-standing or involves dependent children of the relationship.
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