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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 info@proxymigration.com.au. We offer full partner visa services, as well as budget-friendly assistance options.

 

Lisa Wulfsohn

Principal Migration Consultant (MARN 1467616)

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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/.

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Hi there,

Thanks for the heads up! It's very daunting and very frustrating that their proposed changes will make applications even more costly and prolonged.

I have a question about the police certificates that are required from any country in which the sponsor/applicant has lived for more than 12 months.
My husband and I have both been in Greece for over 12 months prior to moving to Australia, does the police certificate we request from Greece need to be accompanied by an apostille in order for it to be valid for purposes of our partner visa application?
Thanks for your help.

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Thank you so much for the recents updates ... Australia restriction is also good for the terrorist ....


Legendary Koollife James Kolawole A Saxophonist | A filmMaker | A Promoter | A Director | A Film Maker |An IT Specialist @ www.koollifetv.com

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Let's pray for peace Australia and the world this terrorist making things harder for real people


Legendary Koollife James Kolawole A Saxophonist | A filmMaker | A Promoter | A Director | A Film Maker |An IT Specialist @ www.koollifetv.com

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Sounds like they will not be happy until the process costs $10000 and takes 2+ years to complete!

 

 

Hi there,

Thanks for the heads up! It's very daunting and very frustrating that their proposed changes will make applications even more costly and prolonged.

I have a question about the police certificates that are required from any country in which the sponsor/applicant has lived for more than 12 months.
My husband and I have both been in Greece for over 12 months prior to moving to Australia, does the police certificate we request from Greece need to be accompanied by an apostille in order for it to be valid for purposes of our partner visa application?
Thanks for your help.

Unless it has changed recently or there are children involved no police clearance(s) are required for the sponsor.

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I am not happy but we cannot help it ... is theee something we can do about it ?


Legendary Koollife James Kolawole A Saxophonist | A filmMaker | A Promoter | A Director | A Film Maker |An IT Specialist @ www.koollifetv.com

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Thanks for your comments - I'm glad you found the update useful. Yes, it is a great shame that those who abuse the system make it so hard (and expensive!) for genuine applicants. If you're an Australian citizen I would encourage you to write to your local federal member of parliament to express your views about the changes. A number of people are doing this in relation to the 457 changes. 

 

Kind regards

 

Lisa

 

 

Disclaimer: This message is general in nature does not constitute migration or legal advice. To provide you with migration advice, we need to consult with you to obtain your full information and circumstances. If you wish to receive migration advice please email us to arrange an appointment. 

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Thanks for the heads up.

 

Did they make these announcements already that these changes will take effect by July 1st?

 

Quite buggered by this news as I'm still waiting for my student visa to finish by August before applying, but I guess it'll be much more practical to do it ASAP...

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Those applying after July 1st 2017.

Ohhh ok

I feel bad for them all they want is to be their partner and there's some that always ruin it for the ppl that r in a true loving genuine relationship good luck

 

The immigration minister has changed a lot of things especially the citizenship

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