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 ways you can meet the Functional English requirements:

Those who can’t meet Functional English requirements are required to have attended about 500 hours of the Adult Migrant English program.



  1. Ben says:

    October 20th, 2020 at 2:30 am


    My current visa expires next March. My partner is an Australian citizen and we plan on applying for a parter visa before march. With the new changes, have they given a time frame for how long it takes for the partner to become an approved sponsor? And how do we go about applying?


  2. CCMS says:

    October 20th, 2020 at 2:56 am

    The new requirements are not implemented until November 2021, so should not affect you.

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