This visa is applicable for spouses or de-facto partners of citizens/permanent residents of Australian or citizens of New Zealand.
This visa allows your spouse/partner to sponsor you for two years, after which you can apply for permanent residence, provided that your relationship is still genuine and continuing.
In order to be eligible for this visa, you and your spouse/partner must have an exclusive relationship. You are must live together, or don’t live apart on a permanent basis. Unless you are legally married, you must have been in a spouse relationship for the last 12 months, which usually involves showing that you have lived together during this period. You must also provide medical and criminal record checks. Generally, this visa is used when both spouses/partners are aged 18 or above.