Important changes to partner visas ahead

The new sponsored family visa and approval of family sponsor changes commence on 17 April 2019

We have been notified that these changes will NOT affect Partner visas on 17 April 2019 and that current arrangements will continue to operate.
At this stage, there is no time-frame for expansion of the new sponsorship framework to other family visas and therefore the current arrangements for existing visas, including partner visas, will continue to operate from 17 April 2019.
The new changes to Sponsored family visa’s, scheduled to commence on 17 April 2019 will only be implemented for the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) 870 visa.
Once the above changes roll out to Partner visas it would mean that Sponsorships must be lodged first and approved before Partner visas can be lodged. If you are planning to apply for a Partner visa we recommend booking an appointment to discuss and understand how these changes may impact you.

The new Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill was passed through Parliament. The Governor‑General proclaimed on 8 April that Schedule 1 of the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018, would commence on 17 April 2019. Once implemented for Partner visas it will significantly impact whether an Australian Partner visa application can be lodged whist the applicant (partner or spouse) is in Australia.

Our recommendation:

We highly recommend lodging the partner visa application as soon as you meet the criteria.

Partner visas can be complex process and not as easy as they may appear, to maximise your chances of success contact SeekVisa for expert advice and guidance from a reputable Registered Migration Agent or Immigration Lawyer. If you would discuss your situation in detail please book a consultation

Other changes in this bill:

  • separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas;
  • require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made;
  • impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors and provide for sanctions if those obligations are not satisfied;
  • facilitate the sharing of personal information between parties identified in a sponsorship application;
  • enable the refusal of a sponsorship application and the cancellation or barring of a family sponsor in certain circumstances;
  • enable the regulations to prescribe details for, and in relation to, the operation of the sponsorship framework; and make consequential amendments.
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