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Visa rejections on the rise

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A big drop in the number of visas given to foreign spouses and partners of Australians has underpinned a general decline in permanent migration. Significant was a big drop in the number of partner visas processed from 47,000 in 2016 – 2017 to 39,800. Foreign partners comprise 83% of all family reunion visas and there are more than 80,000 in the pipeline.

Australian Population Research Institute president Dr Bob Birrell said the decline showed the federal government was taking back control of a visa category that had blown out. “This has been a major backdoor migration entry into Australia for years by people who couldn't make it here via other channels” he said. “It's quite blatant the extent to which they are allowing sponsors to bring in partners who are quite young and with no requirements to have the funds to look after them.”

There was also a drop in employment-sponsored visas from 42,000 to 28,000.

The report said total visa refusals increased by 43%.


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The way I read that, they’re not refusing genuine spouse applicants. They’re just taking more time so they weed out the shonky ones - which blows out the waiting time for everyone else, unfortunately 

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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