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Are you considering lodging a Partner Visa in Australia?

When you lodge a visa application with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship, it is usual practise for an Immigration officer to request further information from you if they are not satisfied that you have met the visa requirements. However, it has come to our attention recently that Immigration officers…

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Are you unlawful or on a bridging visa and looking to lodge a Partner Visa Application?

If you are the holder of a bridging visa or you do not hold any visa at all and then lodge an onshore partner visa application, you will be required to meet additional requirements in order to be eligible. These additional requirements are listed in Schedule 3 of the Migration…

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Are you engaged to your Australian partner? If yes, the Prospective Marriage Visa might be for you!

The main purpose of the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) is to allow you to come to Australia and then marry your future spouse and live as husband and wife. Your marriage must take place within the visa’s nine month validity period and after that time you can apply for…

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Changes to Public Interest Criteria for all Family Visas Stream

If you are applying for a Family Stream visa (including the Prospective Marriage visa) then you need to be aware of the new Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 being implemented. The changes will apply to you if you have applied for a Family Steam visa prior to 1 July 2013…

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Warning: Visa Application Fee Increases Coming Your Way!

If you are thinking about applying for a visa, or are in the process of a visa application, watch out for the fee increases starting on 1 July 2013. All valid visa applications lodged with the department before 1 July will not be subject to these changes to pricing. Your…

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Are you a secondary applicant on a permanent visa application but are experiencing family violence? You may still be eligible for the visa!

If you are the de facto partner or spouse of a primary applicant on a permanent visa application and your relationship has broken down due to family violence by that partner, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) may still consider you for the visa application. This is because the…

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January 1 Changes Now in Place!

Our team at Ferguson Cannon wishes you a very Happy New Year! If you’re looking to lodge a visa application, you should be aware that the New Year has brought in a number of changes to visa application charges and the closure of certain visa subclasses. Increased Visa Application Charges…

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Warning – Visa Application Charges are Increasing!

As part of the Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook the Visa Application Charges (VACs) for some visas that are in high demand have been increased. The Government is trying to make it a fairer ‘user-pays’ system. The higher charges will take effect on 1 January 2013. Some visa applicants…

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What does a bridging visa mean for you?

A ‘bridging visa’ is a temporary visa, allowing you (a non-citizen) to stay in Australia lawfully in situations where you would otherwise be unlawful. You may be eligible for a bridging visa (BV) if: You have lodged an application for a substantive visa, and it is being processed by the…

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