Are you adding partner to 457 visa?
It’s always the best idea to include your partner as a dependant in your original 457 visa application even if he or she will not come with you to Australia straight away after a visa grant. Nonetheless if for some reasons they have not been included in visa application there are the ways to get them on your 457 visa afterward. Keep in mind an employer must agree to sponsor them for a 457 visa as well. There is no point of applying for a 457 visa for your partner if you will not be able to get a written agreement from your employer.
When can your partner be included in the Subclass 457 visa?
Add your partner in your initial visa application
When applying for your visa, you might also include your partner as a secondary applicant
Add your partner after your application has been lodged but not yet decided.
FORM 1436 might be used to include a partner to the application after it has been lodged, but not decided yet.
After you have already been granted your 457 visa
if your 457 visa has already been granted you’ll have to make a separate 457 visa application to get your partner attached to your visa as a dependant. There is a specific process you’ll have to follow to get a visa for your partner granted – you’ll have to apply for “subsequent entrant 457 visa application”. It gives a possibility for a visa grant for family members which were not included in initial visa application and also serves as a pathway for partners of 457 visa holders who came into a relationship with you after your 457 visa was granted.
What evidence do you need to provide?
If you are married to your partner and have lived in a spousal relationship for some time, marriage certificate shall be satisfactory. If you are living in a de-facto relationship you’ll have to provide with evidence you’ve been living together for at least half a year for your relationship to be considered by a Department of Immigration. Your evidence may include joint utility bills, joint financial documents, correspondences going to the same address, declarations from family and friends and any joint assets or liabilities. Essentially you’ll have to provide with some documents such as those for a partner visa. Whatever applies to a partner visa would apply over here as well.
Your partner might be requested by a case officer to provide with police clearance and undergo medicals. Remember also to include your spouse in your health insurance.
You still remember I’ve mentioned at the beginning of this article about your 457 visa sponsor written consent, right?
What your partner can do while on a 457 visa
Your partner can:
- Work in Australia for any employer they want
- Study in Australia
- Travel to, enter and remain in Australia as long as your visa is valid
- Apply for permanent residence with you
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to leave a comment or call our office to discuss how we can help adding your spouse to your 457 visa application.
To arrange a consultation with a Registered Migration Agent, call 07 3668 0658 or contact us.