Australian Embassy
Russian Federation
Embassy address: 10A/2 Podkolokolny Pereulok, 109028 Moscow - Telephone: +7 495 956 6070 - Fax: +7 495 956 6170; Consular assistance: +61 2 6261 3305 (from Russia) or 1300 555 135 (from Australia)

PARTNER MIGRATION


People who intend to migrate to Australia as a partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or an eligible New Zealand citizen) may apply for one of the following visas at the Australian Embassy Moscow:

You must be outside Australia when you apply and also when the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted. You can be in or outside Australia when Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted.

Detailed information about Partner and Prospective Marriage visas is available from the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP): www.immi.gov.au


How to apply

The Australian Embassy in Moscow would prefer that you lodge your Partner visa application online. If you are unable to do so, you can send your application to us by mail or courier. If you wish to lodge your application in person at the Embassy, you will need to make an appointment well in advance.

1. Applying online

To start an online application you will need to log into your ImmiAccount. If you do not have an ImmiAccount you will be prompted to create one. You can use your account to:
 

• continue a saved application
• attach documents
• check the progress of your application.
 

You MUST complete all parts of the application form and attach all documentation listed in the Partner Visa Document Checklist to your online application – otherwise, your application cannot be processed.

When completing your online application you must not copy and paste bullet points, numbering, accents and so on from formatted documents into the free text fields. Only use numbers 0 – 9 and letters A – Z (upper and lower case), dashes '-' and underscores '_'.

Please follow the link below to apply online:
http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/partner-online-applications.aspx

If you encounter technical problems with ImmiAccount (for example, the system freezes or won’t let you complete the relevant fields) please email:
e-service.support@immi.gov.au

2. Applying by Mail or Courier

If you lodge your application by mail or courier, we will generally send you acknowledgement of receipt of your application on the same day we receive and register your application. You should ensure you provide all the documents listed in the Partner Visa Document Checklist, and ensure the payment details section of the form has been completed correctly, or that evidence of the payment of the Visa Application Charge (if it has been paid in Australia) is included.

3. Applying in person with a lodgement appointment

If you apply in person with a lodgement appointment, an officer will meet you and look through your documents with you. If a face to face interview is required, it will not be conducted until later in the application process. Please bring all required documents and the correct fee to your appointment.

If you are planning to lodge your application in person, please phone or email us between 9.00 and 12.30, Monday to Friday, 2-4 weeks prior to the anticipated date of lodgement to make a lodgement appointment.  

See: Contact Us


Health Requirements

All applicants for permanent entry to Australia must meet health requirements before the grant of a visa.

Please do not undertake health examinations until instructed to do so by your visa case officer.

Please do not contact your visa case officer to check whether they have received the results of your medical examination - your visa case officer will advise you if the results have not been received.

See: Medical Requirements


Processing Times

The service standard processing time set by the Australian Government for Partner Visa applications in Moscow is 12 months. In some cases the Australian Embassy in Moscow is able to finalise applications within approximately 6-8 months. However, some complex applications may take longer to process. Please apply as early as possible before the time you wish to move to Australia.


Initial entry to Australia

If your Partner visa application is successful, you will be advised of the date you are required to enter Australia (your ‘initial entry date’) at the time of the visa grant. This is generally (though not always) within one to three months of the date of visa grant, and is usually linked to the validity of an applicant’s health and character clearances. If you do not enter Australia before this date, you will have breached a condition of your visa and your visa may be subject to cancellation.

The initial entry date for a visa cannot be extended after the visa has been granted. If you are aware that you will not be able to travel within one to three months after the grant of a visa (assuming your application is successful) you should notify your visa case officer BEFORE your visa application is finalised, and indicate when you would be able to travel. An extension to the visa entry date will only be granted for up to three months, and only in very exceptional and compelling circumstances. If an extension is granted, you may need to undergo new health and/or character checks.

See: http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/partners/partner/309-100/after-lodgement.htm


Notifications of Decisions

All advice of visa decisions is sent to applicants and/or their agents by the method of correspondence indicated in the application form. If you have nominated your partner’s address as the address for correspondence, we will send the advice of the decision to that address. 

Advice of visa approval is accompanied by general information about the migration process to Australia.
 

If your visa application is refused, you will be notified of this by letter along with a decision record providing the reasons for the refusal and information about your review rights. It is not possible for us to pass decision records to your partner without the written permission of the applicant. In the first instance, your partner should ask you for a copy of the decision record.


March 2014