Partner Visa

Top 5 tips for lodging a successful partner visa

Diversity arising from people moving around the world and the relationships that form across borders means that we are assisting more clients with partner visas. A partner visa application can be a significant milestone in a relationship but it can also be daunting, not only because of the large number of documents you need to…

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Changes to sponsorship framework for partner visas

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A new two-step application process for partner visa applications is due to be introduced soon as part of new measures to improve the integrity of the family sponsored visa. The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 was passed in the Senate recently. Various amendments have been proposed to the Bill but once…

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Five face court over sham spouse visa scam

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The Department of Home Affairs has refused the partner visa applications of 164 foreign nationals who were allegedly found to be linked with the scam. An Indian national has faced court over allegations of masterminding a marriage visa scam that targeted South Asian communities, involving 164 partner visa applicants who were willing to pay large…

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New Visa Fees From 1 July 2017

The Australian government has increased fees for almost all visas. The new measures, announced in the Federal Budget 2017-18, will come into effect on 1st July, 2017. A full list of new visa fees is outlined below. Visa applicants can expect annual fee increases with all Visa Application Charges being increased annually in accordance with the…

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How to Avoid Delays in Partner Visa Processing

Waiting for a decision on your partner visa? In a recent briefing to members of the Migration Institute of Australia, the Department of Immigration has advised some key changes to Partner processing times. Due to pressure to decrease staff numbers in line with the Government’s wider plans to reduce public sector expenditure, the Department is experiencing resourcing…

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