Spouse or Partner & Same-sex couples
This visa is for couples who are in a genuine and continuing relationship as a spouse or de facto partner (living together as a common-law wife or husband) partner with an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand Citizen and is applied for in two stages. Australia recognizes same-sex marriages and partnerships. Most applicants experience a temporary stage first, before moving to permanent residency, however, there are exemptions in certain circumstances.
Defacto couples need to prove they have been in a committed genuine relationship for a minimum of 12 months prior to making an application. Depending on your circumstances this visa may be applied for inside or outside of Australia.
The Fiancé Visa
This visa is for couples who have physically met (no internet-only romances) and are engaged to be married to their partner who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen. This visa must be applied for outside Australia and once granted, the fiancé may then enter Australia. Once married, you then transition to the partner visa. It is a visa condition that once the visa is granted you MUST MARRY within 9 months of the visa being granted.