These visas are for the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

Heterosexual and same-sex couples may apply for an Australian partner visa.

Partner visas are granted in two stages. The first is a two year provisional visa. After this period, couples are reassessed against the criteria of the permanent visa.

Depending on whether the applicant is inside or outside Australia at the time of application will determine which visa they are eligible to apply for.