Australia Spouse Visa Checklist

This is the Australia spouse visa checklist. If you are applying for an Australian Temporary Spouse Visa (being married less than 3 years) or a Permanent Spouse Visa (being married less more than 3 years) you will need all of the documents plus the additional documents compared to an Australian Fiancee Visa as explained elsewhere.

Australia Spouse Visa Checklist

The following documents are needed for the Australian Spouse visa for a Thai national. These documents are the same as the documents for the Australian fiancee visa however being a spouse visa you need to have additional documents for the Australian Spouse visa for a Thai in Thailand.

Note that these documents are listed below but always speak to an immigration lawyer in Thailand before you start the visa process in Thailand. This is the (subclass 309) + (subclasses 820 and 801) visa. See also the Australian Fiancee Visa Requirements as well as the Australian Visa for your Thai Girlfriend as well. 

The final part of the process is the Australian visa interview questions as well as when trouble arrives. This would normally be the Australian visa refusal and the visa refusal reason for Australia. This would pretty much cover the entire topic of getting married and moving to Australia. The Australia spouse visa checklist is listed below.

Australian Spouse Visa Documents


Thai Wife

– Certified copies of the biographical pages of her current passport

– If her name or surname has changed she needs a name change certificate

– A certified copy of her birth certificate showing both parents’ names

– Medical Records

– Criminal Record Check



– Certified copies of birth certificates (If she is taking minor children to Australia)

– Also certified copies of adoption papers if it was an adopted child/children*

– Evidence of financial dependency if the child/children are over 18 years of age*

– If the child has a father, not you then speak to a lawyer as it gets complicated


Additional Information


– If she is divorced/widowed she needs to bring documented proof

– Evidence that you have met face-to-face as adults (photos)

– Also evidence that you will marry within 9 months once in Australia (bookings)

– Evidence that you will stay together in Australia (photos, letters, emails)

– Written statements (Your meeting etc) speak to us for assistance*

– Provide a Police Clearance Certificate from Thailand


– You need to prove that you are an Australian citizen

– Evidence of accommodation in Australia (rental agreement, utility bills)

– You need to show anyone you sponsored before and where they are*

* It is always best to use an immigration lawyer for this application while in Thailand, not only to obtain the documents but also to complete all the documents but also because these issues which are marked (*) tend to be the most complicated and this is where most of the visa denials occur. Note also that the marriage registration is a two part document. 

Australia Spouse Visa Documents

In addition

– Certified copy of your marriage certificate

– Financial evidence of the relationship (Proof of who pays what)

– Evidence of household arrangements (Who sleep were, the responsibility of paying bills)*

– Also evidence of the relationship socially (People view you as being married)*

– Evidence of accommodation in Australia (Lease agreement, utility bills)

Your written statements about your relationship will be checked during the interview so it is best to ensure that there are no misunderstandings. Minor children of which you are not the father also gets very complicated as further forms need to be completed for this process.

The information contained on our website is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

Australian Visa FAQ

What documents are required for Australian spouse visa?

– Her Thai birth certificate with her parent’s names

– Her current Thai passport

– Also her medical clearance certificate

– Also her Thai criminal record clearance

– Proof of a relationship, applicable emails and photos

See the other documents requirements for the Australian spouse visa. If there are children that are hers then there will be additional documents needed.

How do I get a spouse visa for Australia?

To apply for the Australian spouse visa you will need to complete all the documents and ensure that you have completed the documents for your Thai wife and Australian sponsor. You will need to have your Thai marriage certificate, criminal and medical checks and proof of the sponsors financial ability.