Subclass 820
Temporary Visa

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A Subclass 820 Visa, also known as a temporary Partner visa (onshore), allows the spouse or partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia temporarily while their permanent application visa is processed.

Subclass 820 Visa Eligibility

The 820 visa application process can be complex, and usually requires a large amount of detailed documentation. Failing to provide enough information can result in the application being refused. As such, we typically recommend seeking professional guidance on all 820 visa applications.

But don’t worry – we’re here to help.

At Hansen Migration, we specialise in Partner visas like the subclass 820, and have a 100% success rate in getting them approved. We can guide you through the submission process, help catch any mistakes, and give you the best chance of a fast, successful visa outcome.

Here's How Hansen Migration Can Help

Hansen Migration specialises in Subclass 820 Visa applications, providing comprehensive support from eligibility assessment to document preparation, ensuring adherence to Australian immigration policies and improving approval prospects.

What is a Subclass 820 visa?

The subclass 820 visa, also known as the Partner visa 820, lets the partner or spouse of an eligible Australia resident live in Australia temporarily. Getting this visa is typically the first step in achieving a permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).

Applying for an 820 Visa

Applying for an onshore Partner visa is usually a multi-stage process. The first stage involves lodging a combined application for a temporary Partner visa (visa subclass 820) and a permanent Partner visa (visa subclass 801) together.

The temporary 820 visa is usually granted first; it lets the visa holder live and work in Australia temporarily, while their permanent visa is being considered. Later, if the permanent visa application is successful, the permanent subclass 801 visa will replace your 820 visa.


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Benefits of an 820 Visa

When granted, the 820 visa can give you:

  • The right to live, work and study in Australia temporarily
  • Unrestricted access to travel to and from Australia as often as you want
  • The right to apply for access to Medicare, Australia’s public health care system
  • The ability to attend free English classes, if you are eligible


You can also include a dependent child in your application if you would like to.

Who can apply for an 820 Visa?

To be eligible for the 820 visa, you must:

Common Challenges of an 820 Visa?

Applying for the 820 visa can be complex and time-consuming. Common challenges include establishing the eligibility of your sponsor; gathering sufficient evidence to prove your relationship is genuine; obtaining all the clearances for the health and character checks; and ensuring all your documentation is in order and is submitted on time.

Occasionally, government regulations can change during the course of an application, and forms will need to be amended; staying on top of all the details during the lengthy application process can be stressful and demanding.

Fortunately, Hansen Migration is here to help. Our Registered Migration Agents are up to date on all the current laws and requirements for 820 visa applications, and can help guide you through the application process. We can keep you on top of all the details, reduce your stress, and help you get the best chance of a fast, successful visa outcome.


820 Visa FAQs

You will be able to live, work, and study in Australia while waiting for your permanent 801 visa decision.

No, the 820 visa is temporary. Permanent residency is granted with the 801 visa.

Yes, the 820 visa does not restrict your ability to buy a house in Australia.

Yes, holders of the 820 visa can enrol in Medicare, Australia’s public health care scheme.

No, 820 visa holders are not eligible for Centrelink benefits.

Yes, the 820 visa grants unrestricted travel to and from Australia as often as you want.

Most 820 visas will be processed in less than 12 months, but can take up to 40 months or more.

The 820 visa is a temporary visa only; the 801 visa grants permanent residency in Australia.

Yes, the 820 visa grants unrestricted working rights in Australia.

If your relationship ends while you are on the 820 visa, your visa application may be refused; however, this is not certain. A Registered Migration Agent may be able to help you further.

Look forward to a Secure Future in Australia with your Family.