Forms 47SP and 40SP – When to fill them in?

When do I complete Form 47SP?

Form 47SP is an important part of your Australian Partner Visa application. When you open up your Immigration Account portal and begin to fill out the online application forms for ‘Stage 1 – Partner / Prospective Marriage Visa’, the form you start with is actually Form 47SP. You do not need to download an extra form.

When do I complete Form 40SP?

The current situation is that once you have successfully lodged your Partner Visa application, you are required to complete another form to apply to sponsor a partner to migrate to Australia. This form can also be found within the Immigration portal and is the equivalent of Form 40SP.
The new changes to sponsorship will likely change this process, so stay tuned.

What if I need help to complete the forms?

As you fill out the forms, you might find you have lots of questions and need some assistance; if this happens to you, we would advise you to seek professional advice from a Registered Migration Agent – please feel free to give us a call, we would love to help. It is never too early or too late to get good advice!

While completing your partner visa application on your own is an option, it is important to do so with at least some level of support. At Freedom Migration we have a range of options that help those who are willing to lodge their own application but would benefit from a clear process and a final review from a professional. Check out our options here

  • Omid says:

    So, you say there is no need to fill the form and upload them.

    Because it has to be done online (portal).

    Am I right?

  • Ben Cooke says:

    Is it the same story for Form 80 and Form 956a? They’re included in our IMMI 27 page application and therefore don’t need to be done separately?

  • Shaun says:


    We have submitted our application, payed, and uploaded evidence. I cannot find this thing you have referred to :

    “The current situation is that once you have successfully lodged your Partner Visa application, you are required to complete another form to apply to sponsor a partner to migrate to Australia. This form can also be found within the Immigration portal and is the equivalent of Form 40SP.”

    I can’t find this form, or a version of the 40sp form that is newer than 2013.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Avelyn Chen says:

      Hi Shaun, thanks for your question, you should see the sponsor section in the portal. How have you paid for the application? Credit card or Via BPay? Did you get a receipt?

  • Ali Razazada says:

    who does the form 309 and 100 applies to if form 40 and 47Sp’s exist?

    • Avelyn Chen says:

      Sorry Ali, I didn’t understand your question, are you asking who completes the forms 40 and form 47sp?

  • Evan says:

    As a sponsor, I’ve filled in the ‘Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia (300,309/100,820/801)’. This was where I entered the TRN etc… This has been submitted. Yet under the ‘Attach documents’ section it now asks for a ‘Form 40SP’ and I’m not sure if this is needed as it’s much the same content as that already entered in the application itself. Can you shed light on whether this needs to be filled in and uploaded?

    • Avelyn Chen says:

      Hi Evan, what subclass have you applied for?

      • Mani says:

        Hi Avelyn
        I have the same question as Evan.
        I applied for subclass 309.
        After completing the online application, the list of documents to be attached still shows this form and therefore am unsure whether to fill again on a PDF version & attach there.

  • Nathan says:

    Should you have more than one IMMI account? I.e. one account for the applicant and one for the sponsor?

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hi Nathan, nope, you just need one Immi account… one is enough 🙂

      • Raman says:

        Hi where i can i find 40sp form in pdf. It is required in my 309 visa file. I am unable to find any 40sp form on homeaffairs website.

  • Anand says:

    Hi, I applied for a spouse visa for my wife. Now she is pregnant, is that effect in the visa progress or it will take a long time to go for it?

  • billy says:

    Can you please confirm that the 47sp visa application for migration is for the permanent partner visa

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hi Billy, unfortunately there is more that one form involved. Are you applying for a Subclass 801 or Subclass 100?

      • BILLY says:


        • Emma Drynan says:

          Hello, we are glad to hear that you are granted your 309. Please give us a call so we can explain the next stages.

      • Billy says:

        Dear Emma,iI have not got a reply on my perm partner visa class uf and sub 309.was granted these near on 4 years ago .back then I filled out forms 40 and 47 sp to achieve this we were granted these 19 april 2016Why is it taking so long and why do I have to fill in more forms?????Your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated

  • Raman says:

    Unable to find form 40sp in pdf form on immi website. I need it as it shows in my immi portal that i need to attach form 40sp.

  • Marly says:

    Is the 40sp form still a part of the 309 visa application?
    Is there a website that shows what the online application looks like? I understand most people find it difficult to decide how to categorize all the documents because the drop downs in the online application are often different to the way they’ve prepared and combined all their evidence. What are the categories called in the online application and how should you sub divide everything (ie nature of household, nature of commitment, financial aspect, etc) Should you write something for each factor individually and add documents or is there a better way of doing it?

  • Anjani says:

    Hi Ema,
    I have loadged application for my patner.
    And after 18 months immigration requested for form 40sp and 47sp ,which we have submitted. Does that mean we will hear a good news soon.

  • Anjani says:

    I have loadged application for patner visa and after 18 months immigration requested for forms 40sp and 47sp. Does that mean he will get visa soon.

  • Anjani says:

    please delete me from this contact

  • Diana says:

    Hi there,
    I am just about to lodge an application for my partner to come to Australia (I’m an Australian citizen, he lives and is currently overseas).

    We’ve been together for over 2 years, have a travel history, applied (and unfortunately got rejected based on them not believe he would return) for a visitors visa last year and got married in Dec 2019.

    We have our identification documents, relationship history, supporting assets, police checks and witness statements.

    Can you please clarify if the below forms (and who fills them) is correct and if they have to be physically filled in, rather then electronically?

    Forms i fill:
    – Form 40SP
    – Statutory Declaration

    Forms he fills:
    – Form 47SP
    – Form 80
    – Statutory Declaration

    Thanks in advance

  • Hailey says:

    Hello, my husband has just lodged 820 visa application online visa through immigration website. Is form 40sp compulsory for me to fill in, as a sponsor? And when should I do so if I have to? Thank you!

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hey Hailey, congratulations on lodging your husband’s partner visa. I think it would be a good idea if you got some advise on this because there are a lot more information required than just the 40sp, please call our office at 07 3063 1200 we would be happy to help.

  • About the Author Avelyn Chen

    I was born in Changsha (China), lived in Wuhan (China), and moved to Singapore when I was 8. So I speak Mandarin and Singlish. I might also speak a bit of Cat. I studied law and now specialise in migration law.