The law and sponsorship obligation for the Partner visa is changing. Have you lodged your Partner visa application?
As you may be aware, the ‘Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016’ passed in the Senate on 28 November 2018 and is awaiting royal assent to become law.
Everyone who wishes to enter or remain in Australia must satisfy the character requirements set out by the Department of Home Affairs (i.e. the Immigration).
Direction No. 79 had recently been introduced and has been in effect since 28 February 2019.
As we all have seen and experienced, Australian immigration law changes all the time and often, without prior warning. Among all the changes that were implemented in 2018, we cannot agree more that the major ones occurred in March 2018.
Let’s have a look at the top 5 major changes to Australian Migration Programs, including, changes we anticipate will come into effect in 2019 as well as, the ones that had just been implemented.
The Administration Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is an independent body who can review a decision made by the Department (e.g. a visa refusal or cancellation). In simple terms, if you decide to appeal, the AAT will take another look at your case and decide whether the Department’s decision can be changed.
How Does The AAT Work?
It’s alarming to see how long it is taking for both onshore and offshore Australian Partner visa, commonly known as the Spouse visa, applications to be processed. Let’s take a look into the importance of lodging a decision ready Partner visa application and what you can do to help decrease processing time for your Partner visa application.
Got your Visitor Visa granted? Great, you are now able to legally enter and remain in Australia until your visa expiry date …. As long as you follow your visa conditions!
Whether you are coming to Australia for a holiday, to visit friends or family or as a business visitor, we have outlined a few considerations to keep in mind when entering Australia on a Visitor visa.
If you are applying for an employer sponsored visa in Australia, your employer must conduct and meet the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements BEFORE lodging a nomination application. Failing to do this may result in a refusal of your application. This is mandatory under the Act to provide evidence of the sponsor’s efforts to find suitably qualified and experience Australian citizens or permanent residents to fill the position.
The Department of Jobs and Small Business has published a “Traffic Light Bulletin” outlining proposed changes to the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL), Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Regional Occupations List (ROL).
One of the most important evidence that you need to submit with your Partner visa application is your Statement of Relationship, or commonly known as the Relationship Statement, or what some people call it – the “relationship support letter”.
Packing up your whole life and moving to another country is not easy. You may still have a house, a job and with most, if not all, your family residing at home, packing up your whole life and moving to Australia in a flash of an eye might not be the best option right now. But guess what? It’s OKAY.