Big Partner Visa Changes start
1 November 2021
ALERT: Changes delayed… START DATE NOW UNKNOWN
Seismic changes to the Australian Partner Visa process begin from
November 1st 2021.
Australian citizens and permanent residents who want to sponsor their Partners to Australia must first apply for approval to Sponsor.
The partner cannot lodge their visa application until after the Sponsor gets approval.
If this is you, it could mean you could be forced to separate until the Sponsors application is decided.
Careful Planning Required
Partners in Australia holding visas that expire soon need to plan early to get their Partner Visa application lodged while onshore.
We won’t know the processing times for the Sponsors application approvals until the system starts up and settles down.
The new Sponsor approval system has been trialled with Temporary Parent Visitor (subclass 870) visas for several years. Approvals under that system are taking months.
The plan is to protect Partners and Parents from family violence and make sure that Sponsors have money & stability to meet their obligations to their sponsored family members.
English Language Requirements
Partners who apply for visas will need to have “Functional English” before grant of the second stage partner visa. There are exemptions if the Partner can show they made “reasonable efforts” to study English but cannot reach the standard.
Australian citizen Sponsors do not have to give evidence of their English language ability.
Permanent resident Sponsors will,need to show Functional English as part of their Sponsor approval application.
Act now if you plan a Partner visa application
Are you almost ready to lodge your Partner Visa applications?
There is still a short window open to get your application in before November first.
If that is you, contact Career Up
urgently to get your application prepared and lodged on time.
Careful Planning needed for Future Partner Visa Applications
If you are still not ready to apply, careful planning of the application process is absolutely necessary to apply successfully.
Contact Career Up for an appointment to learn what options are available to you, so we can get your application in and get it right.
Contact us today to book an appointment.
George Pearse MARN 0425396
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Please note this blog post is not legal advice or visa advice.
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