As a fiance or spouse of an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, there might be a lot of confusion about the type of partner visa you should apply for. To put it bluntly, the type of visa you apply for depends on the background and circumstances of your relationship. The type of partner visa an applicant is eligible for depends on the nature of their relationship.
Two individuals in a long-term relationship who wish to live together in Australia can apply for a partner visa. A spouse living outside Australia is also eligible to apply for this visa. However, if an individual wishes to travel to Australia to marry their partner, they can apply for a prospective marriage visa. These visas greatly depend on the cultural, financial and practical circumstances of both the parties involved. Unfamiliarity also leads to confusion and subsequent visa misapplication. To avoid such issues, let us discuss the differences between a partner visa and a prospective marriage visa.