PARTNER VISA & FAMILY VISA NEWS (Major update).

PARTNER VISA & FAMILY VISA NEWS (Major update).

PARTNER VISA & FAMILY VISA NEWS (Major update).

The proposed changes to sponsored family visas, has passed the Senate and waiting roayl assent to become law.

The final Bill details are unknown and therefore not possible to predict the effects of the new legislation. Eeven once the Bill contents are known, we will only know what the changes are once the regulations and Immigration’s policy details are made known.

The proposed changes mean that the sponsorship application must be lodged and approved prior to the visa application being lodged.

Concerns re the proposed changes include a partner being onshore on a limited stay period allowed by their current visa, and having to wait for the sponsor to be approved first (12-18 months?) becoming unlawlful which will make their visa application once the sponsorship is approved, complex as sch3 criteria will apply.

Or being named in the sponsor application (which will happen) and the effect on the visa applicant then applying for another temporary visa, e.g. visitor visa which has a genuineness test.

The Bill’s intention included additional obligations on current and future partner/fiance visa sponsors, and imposing sanctions on family visa sponsors if the obligations are not met.

If you are planning to lodge partner/spouse or prospective marriage visa, we suggest you do that without delay.


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