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Hi! I have my fiance in australia at the moment, and we will be marrying in a few weeks time then lodging a partner visa at the end of May before she is due to return home.
I would like some information about what applications we need to do, when i checked on immi under family visas, there are 3 application options, Sponsorship(820/801), Stage 1(820/801) and Stage 2(801).

Which apps do i need to do, do i do the sponsorship app first, or the Stage 1 app first, or do i need to do both at the same time?
I have been told there has been changes in regards to the sponsorship app in recent times, and that i may have to do that first and get it approved before i can do the stage 1 app, is this true?

I have found some information here about the changes-

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Changes to Partner Visa Sponsorship from 1 July 2017

"Department of Immigration are once again changing conditions of the Partner Migration process. These changes will mean that from the 1st of July 2017, applicants must endure a similar sponsorship approval process as 457 Visa applicants, requiring ALL sponsors to provide a detailed immigration history, character record and attain police clearance certificates, before applications can be lodged. This will allow the Department to refuse sponsorships based on a criminal history or failure to comply with certain undertakings, in the future.

This will impact applicants looking at lodging Partner visa applications onshore, particularly onshore subclass 820/801 Visa cases, where a visa will soon expire and timing is critical.

The Department advises that they intend to process sponsorship applications 'within 3 weeks' unless there are sponsorship or character issues of concern. However, given the current extended processing delays by the Department, processing may take more time than the Department envisages."

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https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/urdu/en/audiotrack/changes-australian-visas-what-expect-2018

"The government would like to implement a two-step process where the sponsor needs to be approved before the partner lodges an application.

Nilesh Nandan, special counsel with My Visa Australia, a national immigration practice, is worried that this might cause some problems.

"It's going to delay the ability for somebody to lodge a valid application because it needs to overcome that first threshold of getting a sponsor approved to be able to sponsor."

But he says that an assessment of the sponsor could also be good news for the partner, who would be made fully aware of the past criminal conduct of the sponsor."
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I just need some clear instructions on the order and process that i need to do these applications in.
Also how does the $7k payment system work if i need to do both sponsorship and stage 1 apps?

Thanks.
 

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Read the entire website and sublinks before applying. But to answer your questions, I quoted the website for you:

"When you are in ImmiAccount, select New application and then select Family, then Stage 1 – Partner or Prospective Marriage Visa.

Lodge the sponsorship form online

You can lodge your sponsorship form online after your partner has lodged their visa application and given you their Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or application ID."
 

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Those changes you are quoting have not gone into effect. And when they do, the immigration website on the visa you or your partner are applying will be updated to reflect them. So go off of the immigration website for instructions.
 

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I would strongly advise you to get some professional advice before embarking on this journey or alt least properly familiarise yourself with the process first.

To answer some of your questions:

There is only one visa option if your fiancée is going to apply for a partner visa in Australia and that may not be the best option. Just getting married won't secure her a visa. In many cases an offshore prospective marriage visa is a better option, so don't rush into marriage unless you can meet the relationship requirements.

There have been no changes to the sponsor application process as yet, other than that police certificates are required. The sponsor application can't be lodged until the visa application has been lodged.
 
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