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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:
Fiance – subclass 300 Prospective Marriage
Partner – subclass 309 Partner (Provisional). This includes married spouses and de facto partners (including same-sex partners). A subclass 100 Partner (Migrant) visa may also be granted - this will be assessed by the case officer and no separate application is required.
You must be outside Australia when you apply for and also when granted a Partner (Provisional) or Prospective Marriage visa. You can be in or outside Australia when a Partner (Migrant) visa 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 through the Europe Service Centre. Please follow the links below for further information:
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
The service standard processing time set by the Australian Government for Prospective Marriage and Partner visa applications in Moscow is 12 months. However, due to an increased demand for Partner visa places in 2014, the Australian Embassy in Moscow will be able to finalise most applications in 10 - 14 months. Please apply as early as possible before the time you wish to move to Australia.
If you wish to visit your partner in Australia while your Prospective Marriage/Partner visa application is being processed, you can apply for a Visitor visa. Details on how to apply for a Visitor visa can be found here: Applying for Visas
We cannot guarantee that a Visitor visa will be granted, as every application is assessed on its merits.
Attention: Please do NOT take any action dependent on the grant of a visa before the application has been finalised - such as selling your home, purchasing air tickets, resigning from employment or paying costs associated with wedding preparations.
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.
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.