Not every partner visa application is successful. Even if you believe that you are eligible and think that your application is solid, you can still be rejected. Read on to learn some of the common reasons for a partner visa rejection.

Eligibility Problems

You have to meet set eligibility criteria to get a partner visa. For example, one of you has to be a citizen or permanent resident. You both have to be over 18.

You also both have to be of good character. If one or both of you has a serious criminal record, then you aren't likely to get a visa. If you have made an unsuccessful application for a different kind of visa in the past or have lost the right to hold a visa, then this can also be a problem.  

Plus, the partner in your relationship who is the Australian national or citizen cannot have made a previous application for a partner visa in the recent past. If your partner has sponsored someone else in the last few years, then they might lose eligibility.

If you don't meet all the criteria here, or have an eligibility problem, then your application isn't likely to succeed. Even if you have mitigating circumstances, these might not be clear to the person who evaluates your application.

Evidence Problems And Inconsistencies

During the partner visa application process, you and your partner have to prove that your relationship is real. The government wants to weed out people who pretend to be in a romantic relationship to get a visa for one of the pair who simply wants the right to remain in the country.

So, you will have to give evidence of your relationship and its validity. This can include evidence of financial, domestic and social arrangements. You also have to lay out facts about your relationship, such as when you met and how your relationship progressed. You have to prove that you know each other really well.

Typically, you put this information in your application forms. You also usually have to have an interview.

Your application might not be successful if you don't provide all the required evidence. If you have inconsistencies in your forms or miss out key details, then you reduce your chances of success. If the things you say in an interview are different to the facts in your written application, then you're also more likely to be turned down.

If your partner visa application has been rejected, then you should contact a visa consultant. They can help you work out what went wrong and what to do next. For example, they can assess whether you have a case for an appeal or whether you should apply again.