Partner Visas are for individuals who are either married or in a de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible NZ Citizen. To be de facto generally means living together. Partner Visas are combined meaning that both the temporary stage and permanent stage are applied for at the same time. Generally, after two years of the applicant and sponsoring partner remaining in a committed relationship they are eligible for the permanent visa. This is referred to as Stage 2 of the Partner Visa. Full payment of the combined visa is made during application.
Partner Visas can be applied onshore and offshore.