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Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia: completing the sponsor section of the 820/801

If you’ve been following along on all my 820/801 Partner Visa application posts, you’ll have already read my lengthy post detailing every single question of the online application. This current post is essentially the same thing for the sponsor’s application, providing you with all the questions and some tips on the application before your partner actually sits down to start typing.

Read my whole series on applying for the 820/801 Australian Partner Visa for more information about preparing your evidence, lodging your application, and the next steps. If you’re just beginning, start with this post to get an overview (and to read about our story). And, as always, please remember that I am not a migration agent or affiliated with Home Affairs in any way, so all the information provided in these posts and in the comments below is based entirely on my own experience and my own understanding of the application process.

How to begin the sponsor application online

By this point, you will have already submitted your 820/801 application, paid the fee, and recorded the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) for your application. You can now give this number to your partner and get them started on their application, Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia. They can create their own account to do this, but it’s definitely easier to just complete the application within your existing IMMI Account so you can keep tabs on everything in one place.

From the “My Applications” main page, click the link to begin a “New Application“, select the “Family” tab, and then choose “Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia (300, 309/100, 820/801)“. Your parter will agree to T&Cs before getting to the first set of questions.

What questions will your partner be asked

This is an overview of the questions that appear on your partner’s online application, Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia. Questions displayed may vary according to personal circumstances (i.e. answers to previous questions), but this should give you a general idea of the information your partner will be asked to provide.

Application Context

This short section just asks your partner to provide information about your visa application. Specifically, the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) for your application (which you can find on the My Applications page of your IMMI Account), your birth date (not your partner’s DOB!), and when you lodged your application.


Your partner is now asked to fill out personal information similar to what you provided on this section of your own application, including full name, DOB, passport details, country of birth, relationship status, and citizenship details. 

This is where your partner will need to specify whether you are applying for the Partner Visa as a de-facto, engaged, or married couple and reference the day your relationship began (which needs to be the same date you listed in your application!).

Critical data confirmation

For this page, your partner will be asked to review their personal details (including name and passport information) and confirm that it is correct before proceeding.

Sponsor’s contact details

This section just requires the residential address, mobile number, and email address of your partner.


Your partner needs to give your full name, sex, and DOB, presumably to further confirm linkage to your application.

Applicant’s contact details

This section now asks for your residential address, mobile number, and email address.

Reducing violence in the community

The following statement is provided before asking your partner to confirm that they understand the informationThe Australian Government is committed to reducing violence in the Australian community, including family and sexual violence. As part of this commitment sponsors are required to disclose criminal convictions they have had and/or charges awaiting legal action. Sponsors must also give the department permission to disclose any or all of the convictions to the visa applicant (s).Sponsors and partners should access more detailed information about Reducing Violence in the community in order to complete this form.

Sponsor’s relationships

After confirming that you and your partner are not related and that you have met in person, your partner needs to provide additional details about your relationship.

Most of these questions are identical to those you already completed on your own application, so you should be able to help them if there is any confusion! Essentially, your sponsor will provide details of when and where you first met, the date a committed de-facto relationship began (or the date of your marriage), and the date you “committed to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others”. This is in addition to the date you began dating, which you supplied earlier. I gave a more detailed explanation of all these dates in a previous post, but just make sure that these dates align with the ones you provided on your own application.

Your partner is also asked Has the applicant lived separately and apart from the sponsor for any periods of time since committing to a shared life together to the exclusion of all others? and will need to provide a brief explanation of this. Again, I talked about this in a previous post, but just make sure your sponsor discloses the same information that you disclosed on your application.

And now, your partner also gets to enjoy the fun bit of putting your entire relationship under the microscope! They are given these instructions and then asked to describe the major aspects of your relationship in the boxes provided (2000 character limit):

In the following questions, details of the relationship between the applicant and sponsor must be provided and should form the basis of the applicant’s claim that their relationship with their sponsor is genuine and continuing. The information provided also needs to be supported by relevant evidence. This evidence may be such things as photographs, receipts, bills, legal documents or anything else to demonstrate the nature of the relationship the applicant has with their sponsor. This evidence can be uploaded after the submission of this application.

  • Financial aspects of the relationship: How do you pay for food/bills/rent/mortgage? Do you have joint assets or financial responsibilities? How do you share money? How do you support one another during times of financial hardship?
  • Nature of the household: How do you share cooking/cleaning/shopping/house maintenance responsibilities? Do you rent or own a home together? What is your living situation (e.g. housemates, living with family, etc)?
  • Social aspects of the relationship: Do you attend social events together or travel together? Do your friends and family have knowledge of your relationship? How have you made your relationship “official” (e.g. marriage, de-facto registration, facebook, etc)?
  • Nature of the commitment:  How have you provided emotional support to one another? What are your future plans together? How have your lives become intertwined? How have you committed to one another (e.g. will, beneficiary of super, marriage, de-facto registration)?
  • Development of the relationship: When did you become committed and how has your relationship progressed?

If your sponsor has already written signed statements to upload as evidence, it’s possible to just write “see XXXX in uploaded evidence” rather than writing the same statement in this very limited box.

Previous relationships

Your sponsor is asked to indicate whether you (the applicant) have been in any previous relationships with anyone other than your sponsor— specifically, this is asking whether you’ve been married or in a de facto relationship with another partner previously.

Sponsor’s previous relationships

As with the previous section, the sponsor now needs to indicate whether they have been in a previous marriage or de facto relationship with anyone other than you, whether they have ever sponsored a previous partner/spouse for this visa, or whether they have ever been sponsored by a previous partner/spouse for this visa. Presumably, there will be follow-up questions if they answer yes to any of these statements.

Source of income

From a dropdown menu, your partner needs to specify their main source of income. This is important because your sponsor becomes legally obligated to support you financially during the course of this visa, so Home Affairs wants to suss out where this support is actually coming from (salary, government benefits, retirement payments, etc).

Migrating members of the family unit

Is your partner also sponsoring your son/mother/etc for migration to Australia on the same application?

Countries resided/visited

Your partner unfortunately has to complete the same ridiculous list of every country they’ve ever visited over the last 10 years with exact dates that you had to complete for your own application. Ugh.

Character declarations

This section is a long series of yes/no questions regarding any criminal convictions/charges that have been brought against your partner.

Sponsor declarations

The final page of the sponsor application is a series of declarations about the honesty of information your partner has included, their understanding of the visa grant process, and their agreement to support you by providing housing for up to 2 years from the grant of this visa.

What’s next?

The next step is to actually upload all of your evidence to your application and then get started on your health and police checks:

I hope this information has been helpful and I wish you so much luck on your Australian Partner Visa journey! Feel free to ask any questions below and I will do my very best to answer them.

* I am not a migration agent or affiliated with Home Affairs in any way, so all the information provided in these posts and in the comments below is based entirely on my own experience and my own understanding of the application process. 

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UPDATE: A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who’s commented on these posts to let me know that you found the information helpful— I can’t tell you how much it means to me, because it was a crazy amount of work to put this together (while I was trying to finish my PhD, no less), but knowing that it’s being used makes it all totally worth it. More importantly, though, thank you to everyone who has shared their own experience or answered questions for other readers in the comments below!!

We are building a little community of Partner Visa applicants and survivors here and it’s massively reassuring for anyone just beginning their application to hear stories of success or get advice from those who’ve come out the other end. SO, if you felt like these posts or the information in the comments helped with your application, I’d encourage you to come back after your visa is granted (or even after various milestones) and let us know what happened! It could end up being a huge help to someone else 🙂 xx Brooke