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Hi Forum My partner of 3 and half years applied for and are still waiting on the Partnership 801 Visa that was submitted on 15th Feb 2017 She had been working as a casual kitchen hand for over 2 years and a waitress in a cafe for 6 months. She lost her job 2 weeks ago My question is, given she happily contributes by way of tax, is she eligible to claim unemployment benefits? It seems like we have fallen through the cracks on both counts as I am a semi retired bloke who was an Airbnb host (off a cliff) and a Landlord (don't ask) and she may not be eligible for any assistance Any advice would be greatly appreciated Bazza
Partner visas … lightning to strike again! The 457 changes took everyone by surprise. But brace yourselves … the storm isn’t over yet. We are merely in the ‘eye of the storm’ until later this year, when lightning may strike again; this time hitting the partner visa programme. The upcoming changes are brewing in the context of political pressure to close partner visa loopholes, following the conviction of a couple recently jailed for orchestrating a spouse visa scam. The Department has not confirmed any date for these changes, however, there is talk that they will occur on 1 July 2017. We understand that the following measures may be taken: · Introduction of a three-year validity period for first stage partner visas; · A separate application fee for second stage partner visa applications; and · A requirement that sponsorship applications be approved before a partner visa can be lodged Perhaps the most notable potential change is the third dot-point: the separation of sponsorship applications from partner visa applications. Currently, the sponsorship form is submitted and assessed along with the partner visa application. However, under the expected changes, the partner visa application could only be lodged after sponsorship is approved. If the sponsorship application is refused, for example, because the sponsor does not meet character requirements, the visa applicant would not be able to lodge their partner visa application. What this means for you: The new processes are likely to increase delay and costs for the already vexed partner visa application process. You may find yourself in a pickle if your current visa is expiring and you were planning on transitioning to a bridging visa when you lodge your partner visa application. Under the potential changes, you would not get a bridging visa until the sponsorship application is approved and you lodge the partner visa application. If you need assistance with your application please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer full partner visa services, as well as budget-friendly assistance options. Lisa Wulfsohn Principal Migration Consultant (MARN 1467616) © Proxy Migration Please note that the content of this post is general in nature and is not to be taken as migration advice. If you want personalised advice please book a consultation with us. Australian migration agents are regulated by the Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents, which is available at https://www.mara.gov.au/becoming-an-agent/professional-standards-and-obligations/code-of-conduct/.