Opening Australia are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex (LGBTI) friendly immigration lawyers who you can trust. We have placed an emphasis on creating an environment where our same-sex clients feel safe. We are delighted to assist our same-sex clients in obtaining partner visas. We offer a 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer to assess your visa prospects.
Same-sex Partner Visas
Australian immigration law provides that de-facto or married same-sex couples may apply for a partner visa. The definition of what meets the requirement of "de facto" for immigration law purposes is detailed and is prescribed in the migration regulations. Feel free to contact us if you would like it explained.An Australian citizen or permanent resident may be able to sponsor their non-citizen same-sex partner for a partner visa.There are three types of Australian partner visas and the one that is best for you will depend on your circumstances.​The three types of partner visas are:

  • Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)
  • Offshore Partner (subclasses 309 and 100)
  • Onshore Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801)

For the Prospective Marriage 300 visa, partners will have to provide evidence that they intend to marry.

The '4 pillars'
For the Offshore subclasses 309/100 visas and Onshore subclasses 820/801 visas, partners will have to provide evidence that they meet the ‘4 pillar’ criteria which includes evidence of:

  1. The social aspects of the relationship.
  2. The joint financial aspects of the relationship.
  3. The nature of the household.
  4. The nature of commitment & development of the relationship.

Your same-sex partner visa application will be assessed taking into consideration the '4 pillars'.

Why use Opening Australia?
​If you are a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex (LGBTI) community and are contemplating a same-sex partner visa, contact our friendly team today for more information and assistance. We offer a 15 minute consultation with an immigration lawyer who is also a registered migration agent.

Clients engage our services to assist them with their same-sex partner visa because we understand the importance of having your partner becoming a permanent resident and ultimately a citizen. Our goal is to get your same-sex partner visa right the first time, which in the end will save you:

  1. Money; 
  2. Time; and
  3. A lot of worry. 

If you are contemplating a same-sex partner visa application, contact us for your assessment to let us help you. ​ We are proud to be part of the LGBTIQ Community and would be honoured to assist you.

Contact us on (02) 9319 6839 or send an enquiry for a 100% confidential discussion of your needs.

"Professional help and support! Adam took time for us to complete the application. I was happy that he was recommended to us. Thank you very much Adam!"

Sascha Retter

"Adam has been so helpful in helping with my visa application! Without his expertise and guidance I would not be able to stay in Australia with my partner. Thank you Adam! I highly recommend Opening Australia."

Alexander Luka

Client testimonial 
"The team at Opening Australia were excellent throughout. They explained precisely what was required from me at the very start, ensuring my application had the highest chance of acceptance by guiding me through each stage, from reference requirements, to medical and insurance requirements. Their attention to detail was superb and I felt like they really cared about the acceptance of the Visa. I'm delighted to have had my application approved within 2 weeks, which is a testament to the professionalism of the team at Opening Australia"
- Derek