8. Spouse or Prospective Spouse
Marrying a permanent resident or citizen is one of the surest ways to becoming a permanent resident in Australia. You get a provisional visa that will last 2 years if your application is granted. Processing time for this application takes between 6 and 15 months. You will have to prove that you and your spouse are still together when the time elapses. If so, you are qualified for permanent residency. The government cracks down on fake relationship statuses so it will not help you. They closely examine relationships, find out if friends and relatives know about it, and even look into how often you both communicate while not together.
A good thing to note here is that you can apply under the Prospective Spouse category to gain entrance into Australia. You don’t already have to be married but must register your marriage within nine months after which you get a provisional 2 years Spouse Visa. You will only be eligible for permanent residency after the two years and can then apply. If you can prove you and your spouse have been living together for a minimum of 12 months, you can also get a visa as a common law or de-facto spouse under this category.