Changes to partner visas -2021

Partner Visa Changes expected to commence in November 2021 (summary from recent Migration Institute of Australia update) English requirements for new applications: Visa applicants will require Functional English for grant of the permanent visa (stage 2). New sponsorship arrangements: Partner visa applications cannot be lodged without an approved sponsorship. Sponsors will require Functional English and must meet character requirements before the sponsorship can be approved. Onshore visa applicants must remain lawful until the visa  application is lodged. This could cause problems for visa applicants whose visa expires, before the sponsorship has been approved. Functional English See here for the various …read more

Travel exemptions-latest guidelines

For your information, see below  guidelines and directives re. travel exemptions for Australia: inward-travel-restrictions-operation-directive commissioners-decision-making commissioners-guidelines commissioners-decision-making commissioners-guidelines

Home affairs-Update

Prospective Marriage visa holders-update

Prospective Marriage visa holders The Prospective Marriage visa provides holders with nine months to travel to Australia to marry an Australian citizen or permanent resident. VAC refunds will be available for Prospective Marriage visa holders who have been unable to enter Australia before their visa expired, due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. Refunds will ensure these visa holders are able to apply for another visa to travel to Australia and hold their wedding once travel restrictions are lifted. For those visas that have already expired, any new application will be prioritised. Visa extensions will be available for Prospective Marriage visa …read more

Federal Budget Announcements

Federal Budget Announcements Posted October 8, 2020 The 2020-21 Federal Budget contains the following announcements and information related to the Department of Home Affairs and the migration program. The Budget papers predict net overseas migration will be -71,200 less than the 154,000 persons in 2019-20, but is expected to gradually increase to around 201,000 in 2023-24. Migration Program levels The current Migration Program Planning level will remain at 160,000 for the 2020-21 program year, however, the distribution of places will change with an increase from 47,732 to 77,300 for Family stream places for this program year only. Employer Sponsored, Global …read more

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