The 482 visa allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years. However, if you have a partner, you may be wondering if they can also come with you on your 482 visa. In this article, we will look at the process of 482 visa partner applications and what you need to know.
What is a 482 visa?
A 482 visa, also known as the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, is a temporary work visa that allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.
To be eligible for a 482 visa, you must have a sponsor, meet the skills and English language requirements, and have an occupation on the relevant occupation list. You must also meet health and character requirements and have adequate health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia.
Can I include my partner on my 482 visa application?
The short answer is yes, you can include your partner on your application. However, there are certain 482 visa requirements that your partner must meet in order to be included on your application.
Firstly, your partner must be your spouse or de facto partner. This means you must be able to show you are legally married or you have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months. Same-sex relationships are also recognized for the purposes of a 482 visa application.
Secondly, your partner must meet the health and character requirements. This means that they must undergo a health examination and obtain a police clearance certificate from each country they have lived in for more than 12 months in the past 10 years.
Your partner will also need to have health insurance.
How do I include my partner on my 482 visa application?
To include your partner on your 482 visa application, you must indicate this on your application form and provide the necessary documents that prove your relationship. This includes a marriage certificate or evidence of your de facto relationship, such as joint bank accounts, shared bills, or joint ownership of assets.
You must also provide evidence that your partner meets the health and character requirements and the English language requirements. This can be done by including their health examination results and police clearance certificates.
What are the benefits of including my partner on my 482 visa application?
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Including your partner on your 482 visa application can have several benefits. Firstly, it allows your partner to come to Australia with you. Secondly, it allows partners to live and work in Australia for the duration of your visa. In doing so, they can help contribute to the household income and expenses, making it easier for both of you to settle into life in Australia.
Thirdly, including your partner on your 482 visa application can also make it easier for them to obtain permanent residency in the future. If you decide to apply for permanent residency through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), your partner can also be included on your application, making the process smoother and faster.
What if my partner does not meet the requirements to be included on my 482 visa application?
If your partner does not meet the requirements to be included on your 482 visa application, they may still be able to come to Australia on a different visa. For example, they may be eligible for a visitor visa, student visa, or working holiday visa.
Alternatively, if you are granted a 482 visa and your partner is not included on your application, they may be able to apply for a partner visa once you are in Australia. This will allow them to join you in Australia and eventually apply for permanent residency.
What if my relationship ends while I am on a 482 visa?
If your relationship ends while you are on a 482 visa, your partner’s visa will also be affected. If they are included on your 482 visa application, their visa will be cancelled and they will need to leave Australia. If they are on a separate visa, such as a partner visa, they may be able to remain in Australia, but they will need to notify the Department of Home Affairs of the change in their relationship status.
What if I am already in Australia on a 482 visa and want to include my partner?
If you are already in Australia on a 482 visa and want to include your partner, you can do so by applying for a subsequent entrant visa. This will allow your partner to join you in Australia and live and work for the duration of your visa.
To be eligible for a subsequent entrant visa, your partner must meet the same requirements as if they were included on your initial 482 visa application. This includes meeting the health and character requirements.
Including your partner on your 482 visa application can have several benefits, including allowing them to live and work in Australia with you and making it easier for them to obtain permanent residency in the future. However, it is important to ensure that your partner meets the necessary requirements and that you provide the correct documents to prove your relationship.
If you have any further questions about including your partner on your 482 visa application, it is best to consult with a registered migration agent who can provide you with personalized advice and assistance. With the right guidance, you can successfully include your partner on your 482 visa application and start your new life in Australia together.