Adding my partner to my student visa
The partner visa allows partners to work, live and study in Australia. There are also numerous other perks that the visa holder is eligible for such as receiving access to Medicare.
Can I add my partner to my student visa?
We are often asked by students if it is possible to add their boyfriend or girlfriend as a secondary applicant to their student visa. The short answer is yes, it MAY be eligible depending on your circumstances. It is possible to be added as a secondary applicant both before and after the main applicant has applied for a student visa. Please note whether or not you can add your partner as a secondary applicant is dependent on your specific circumstances.
The main reasons to be added as a secondary applicant to your partners student
- If you don’t want to pay the course tuition fees to study a separate course
- If you have started a relationship with a new partner and don’t want to return home.
- If you have finished your course and your partner still has time to go on their course
We previously had a French client who wanted to apply to be added as a secondary applicant to her partners student visa. Here is a little background of her case:
A French girl had met an Argentinian man in Australia and they began a relationship. The French girl was on a working holiday visa, however it was expiring very soon. The Argentinian man had a student visa and his course would not finish for another 18 months. The French girl did not want to study a course in Australia and had no other visa options that would allow her to work in Australia.
Neither the French girl or Argentinian man had listed the other as a De Facto Partner on their previous visa applications
With a little work, we were successfully able to add the French girl as a secondary applicant to her Argentinian partners student visa. We did not need to cancel the Argentinian’s original student visa. The French girl made a separate application to be added as a secondary applicant of her Argentinian partner, provided the correct supporting documents and had her visa was granted roughly three weeks after application.
The French girl was granted a secondary applicant student visa, with limited work rights (40 hours per fortnight). Her visa would expire the same day as her partners student visa.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note the information given below is a general overview and not specific to any one situation. To fully determine your eligibility it is recommended that you talk to Immigration or a Registered Migration Agent. You can book in for a consultation with a Pathway to Aus Registered Migration Agent through this link.
What should I do if I want to add my partner to my student visa?
Can I work as a secondary applicant?
Can I list my partner as a de facto partner on a new application, if I didn’t list them as a de facto partner on my initial student or working holiday visa?
Can I add my partner as a secondary applicant on another visa such as a 457 visa?
What is the cost to add my partner to my visa?
If you apply at the same time of the main applicant the current cost is $460. If you apply separately to the main applicant the cost is $550 (Prices current as of the 10th of July 2019).
How long does the process take?
Can I apply from onshore?
Will I need to continue paying tuition fees and finish my current course if I am added as a secondary applicant?
Will I need to show financial evidence?
Do I need to cancel my visa and re-apply?
What assessment level will I be assessed?
What happens to my visa if my partner and I break up?
GET IN TOUCH
In case of questions, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents.
Gold Coast Office
2242 Gold Coast Highway,
Mermaid Beach, QLD, 4218