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tom1993

Partner visa changes this year?? Applying onshore

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Hi guys,

 

Surprised I havnt seen this mentioned on the forum but I had an e mail from my agent saying there are some changes happening to the partner visa application process.

 

Apparently you will need to become an approved applicant before you can lodge an application which might have implications for applying onshore straight off an ETA visa? For example the ETA will expire before you get approved as an applicant meaning you will have to leave. Processing times for becoming approved could take 12 weeks I have read.

 

Has anyone got anymore info/know when the full details are going to be released as me and my partner are planning applying onshore later this year, but this might complicate things.

 

The full details havnt been released yet but you can read it here:

 

https://ahwc.com.au/australian-immigration-news/breaking-news-changes-to-australian-partner-visa-legislation/

 

 

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12 hours ago, tom1993 said:

 

Hi guys,

 

Surprised I havnt seen this mentioned on the forum but I had an e mail from my agent saying there are some changes happening to the partner visa application process.

 

Apparently you will need to become an approved applicant before you can lodge an application which might have implications for applying onshore straight off an ETA visa? For example the ETA will expire before you get approved as an applicant meaning you will have to leave. Processing times for becoming approved could take 12 weeks I have read.

 

Has anyone got anymore info/know when the full details are going to be released as me and my partner are planning applying onshore later this year, but this might complicate things.

 

The full details havnt been released yet but you can read it here:

 

https://ahwc.com.au/australian-immigration-news/breaking-news-changes-to-australian-partner-visa-legislation/

 

 

its beenrumoured for the last two years or so but no firm details have ever been made available

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12 hours ago, tom1993 said:

Apparently you will need to become an approved applicant before you can lodge an application which might have implications for applying onshore straight off an ETA visa? For example the ETA will expire before you get approved as an applicant meaning you will have to leave. Processing times for becoming approved could take 12 weeks I have read.

Has anyone got anymore info/know when the full details are going to be released as me and my partner are planning applying onshore later this year, but this might complicate things.

It doesn't surprise me.  The official reason is to do with family violence, but I wonder if part of it is to discourage onshore applications?

After all, the whole idea of immigration control is that you don't let people remain in Australia unless they have a valid visa.  Yet we have thousands of people arriving on tourist visas and then applying for a permanent visa, and then they're allowed to stay for months if not years on a bridging visa.   It's perfectly legal, but it is, basically, a way to jump the queue.   Given the current government's attitude to immigration, I can see why they want to discourage it.


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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The rumours are true. 

It is part of the "The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016" which passed both houses of Parliament in November 2018 and received assent in December 2018. We are now just waiting for it to be implemented.

It will be relevant to a number of visas including partner visas.

Under the changes, the Australian sponsor will need to first apply and be approved as a sponsor, before their partner can apply for a visa.

It is likely that this will be used to force people to lodge and wait for partner applications offshore.

The Department will easily be able to delay the approval of the sponsor while the partner is here on an ETA or other short term visa, thus forcing them to depart, before a visa can be lodged. 

 

 

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www.ozimmigration.com

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