Can I Apply for an Australian Visitor Visa while waiting for a Partner Visa?.
Yes, you can apply.
However, not everyone gets approved, and many only get a 3 month stay.
Some get a 12 months visa, but must leave every 3 months.
Others get a full 12 months stay, without having to leave.
Some of course, get refused.
Once the partner visa is ready to be decided, you will get an email with words similar to this:
Circumstances applicable to grant a visa under Migration Regulation 300.411 states that an applicant must be outside Australia at time of grant.
We note that you are currently in Australia on a visitor visa.
For your application to be finalised, please inform us of your expected departure date from Australia within 14 days of this letter.
Please note that failure to depart Australia within the validity of your health (date: xxxx) and character (date: xxx) clearances may result in your repeating these requirements.
Once you leave Australia you will get the decision, either grant or rejection. This can often be the next working day, but sometimes it might be a few weeks. I get the feeling that it is normally within a week.
Some people say that you cannot get a Visitor Visa while a Partner Visa is being applied for.
I know that information is not fully correct, as we did apply for a subclass 600 visitor visa, after applying for an offshore partner visa, and were granted the visitor visa.
This is what Australian Immigration says: