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Partner visa changes for sponsorship and English language requirements

Partner visa changes for sponsorship and English language requirements are set to come in into force in November 2021. There are two significant changes that will affect any partner visa application relating to the sponsor and English language requirements. These changes were introduced in the 2020-21 federal budget and are…

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What is a de facto partner according to Australian immigration law?

One of the most confusing aspects of applying for a partner visa is what will satisfy the definition of a de facto when it comes to applying for a visa to Australia. The Migration Act 1958 (Act) at Section 5CB provides the following definition: De facto partners (1)  For the purposes of…

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Concessions for Australian Visa applications during COVID-19

The Australian Government has announced important concessions in relation to people applying for a range of visas during the pandemic. However due to COVID-19, it has been very difficult for people to travel and as a result a range of temporary concessions will be implemented as outlined below. Partner and…

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What does Australia’s Immigration program look like in 2021?

There is no doubt immigration plays a vital role in Australia’s economic plan in normal times. I believe it will be even more important in a post COVID-19 world which we are all hoping for in 2021. The Federal government and the State and Territories have always focused on attracting…

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Can I apply for Partner visa if I’m still married and I cannot get a divorce?

In my experience of practising migration law, I have been approached by clients who would like to apply for Partner visa but they are still legally married to someone and they cannot obtain a divorce. Most of these clients are usually from countries where divorce is still illegal, namely the…

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The new regional skilled visas and the pathway to permanent residency in Australia

Two new regional visas will be introduced from 16 November 2019.  These visas will lead to permanent residency after a period of 3 years. The visas are applicable to regional Australia and everywhere except for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa…

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Is it possible to stay in Australia if my relationship with my partner or spouse breaks down?

If your relationship breaks down there are several things you must do: Tell the Department of Home Affairs (‘Department’). You must always keep the Department informed of any change of circumstances. It is very important to bee transparent and honest in your dealings.Once you have told the Department of the…

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Failed the Health Requirements for a visa – Can you get a Health Wavier?

There are certain visas where a person can apply for a waiver when they fail the health requirements. You do not actually apply a health waiver. The Department of Immigration will send you a letter inviting you or a dependant who has failed to meet the health requirements to put…

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URGENT – PARTNER VISA APPLICATION FEE INCREASE!

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have announced that as of the 1st January 2015, the partner visa application fee will be increasing by 50%. The new Partner Visa Application fees will be: Offshore Partner Visa - $6,865; Prospective Marriage Visa - $6,865; and Onshore Partner Visa -…

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Are You Engaged to Your Australian Partner? Read This!

If you are engaged to marry your Australian partner you might be eligible for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300). This visa is aimed at couples who intend to marry in Australia within 9 months of the visa bring granted. It is often a better option for engaged couples as…

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Partner Visas for Kiwi’s Living in Australia – Here’s What You Need To Know

The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461) is specifically designed for family members and partners of New Zealand citizens who are residents in, or are about to become residents in Australia. This visa category may be used by New Zealand citizens who are not eligible to sponsor…

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Brisbane man Ali Choudhry facing deportation – A serious reminder to all visa applicants

ABC News has recently posted an article regarding Ali Choudhry, a gay man living in Brisbane who is now facing deportation. Mr Choudhry has been living in Brisbane for four years with his partner, Matthew Hynd. The pair lodged a de facto partner visa with the Australian Department of Immigration…

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