Is that 72,300 Partner Visa allocation confusing to you?



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72,300 Partner Visas allocated in 2020-21.

What does that really mean to those waiting for a Partner Visa?

The Immigration Department quote:

  • 37,118 Partner Visas were granted in 2019-20, from an allocation of 39,799.
  • 39,918 Partner Visas were granted in 2018-19, from an allocation of 47,825.

A Freedom of Information request shows the following number of Partner Visas actually issued in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 years…

During the 2018-19 year, 98,070 Total Partner visas were granted. (This includes subclasses 300, 309, 100, 820 and 801)

During the 2019-20 year, 105,249 Total Partner visas were granted. (This includes subclasses 300, 309, 100, 820 and 801)

So,  why do these conflicting figures not make sense?


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  • 105,249 Total Partner visas were granted in 2019-20.
  • 37,118 Partner Visas were granted in 2019-20.

Which is it?

The 37,118 figure comes from the Permanent Migration figures.  As does the new 72,300 allocation.

The 105,249 figure includes permanent and temporary partner visas.

So,  there is an allocation of 72,300 Permanent Visa places. This covers only the subclass 801 and 100 visas.

The Immigration minister has stated that 75% of these will go to Onshore Applications.

That covers the subclass 801, but… are the subclass 100’s, where the applicant is onshore, with a 309 visa at the time of the 100 application, considered an onshore application?

Is there a limit on the Temporary visas: the 300, 309 and 820?


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