Sponsoring a Partner Visa

Limitations on Sponsorship for Partner Visas.

Limitations apply if you:

Have previously sponsored a partner
Have been sponsored as a partner before

The most common limitation is briefly: No more than 2 partners visas being sponsored in a lifetime, and not more than one in a 5 year period.

A partner’s visa application may be refused if the Sponsor has been affected by previously successful partner applications. (A successful partner application means when a Visa [temporary or permanent] has been granted)

Limitations include if you:

  • have previously sponsored or nominated 2 or more persons as a fiancǸ(e) or partner for migration to Australia (including sponsorships/nominations you may have withdrawn but your former fiancǸ(e) or partner obtained permanent residence on family violence grounds); or
  • have sponsored another fiancǸ(e) or partner within the last 5 years; or
  • were sponsored as a fiancǸ(e) or partner yourself within the last 5 years.

Approved sponsorships or nominations are those that resulted in the grant of a permission, an entry permit (granted prior to 1 September 1994) or a visa.

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The purpose of the sponsorship limitation is to prevent abuse of the partner migration programme, but some circumstances exist to allow a waiver to this limitation. This can include the death of a partner, current longstanding relationship, children and any consequent hardship/detriment that you would suffer if the sponsorship was not approved.

The 5 year period starts from the date you lodged your first partner visa application.

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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