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Partner Visa Fees Will Increase AGAIN on 1 July 2018

The visa application charge for Australian partner visa applications will increase on 1 July 2018.

The new visa application charge for Australian partner visas will be $7,160.

I urge everyone who can submit their application now to not delay. However be mindful that submitting incomplete applications may not be a good idea.

Once again I’m disappointed in this move by the government. When I first received the notice of this I thought to myself “the Australian government has done it again!”

As if the price of Australian partner visas was not high enough, they’ve decided to index it to inflation.

Whilst this increase is not as high as the previous one, I know couples have to forego a lot, scrimp and save to even get together the visa application charge. Not to mention the other associated fees.

So while this increase is a drop in the proverbial visa fee ocean, an extra $160 may still pose a problem for some couples trying real hard to stay afloat. This is especially true if the foreign partner does not have a job in Australia or due to visa restrictions can only work limited hours.

But like I always say, chin up and don’t be disheartened by this news. Love will find a way!

Full text here: Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2018

Australia Has Legalised Same-Sex Marriage And This Means More Opportunities For You

Australia Has Legalised Same-Sex Marriage And This Means More Opportunities For You

rainbow same sex couples partner visa australia

 

I think it’s time to discuss the impact of Australia legalising same-sex marriages.

I’ve always been a staunch supporter of legalising same-sex marriages because for me, love is love. It’s also the very premise of me writing this book: love is love and not even a government should have any say as to where and how you spend your life with your partner.

So although Australia legalised same-sex marriages in December last year, I’ve been relatively silent on the matter.

In fact, because it was legalised in December and I wrote the revised second edition in November, I wouldn’t have had time to update the book.

But there is a HUGE impact on same-sex couples.

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Marriage certificates as a proof of relationship with your defacto partner or spouse

Marriage certificates and proof of relationship

are marriage certificates enough to prove a relationship

Here’s an interesting one and something that I make clear in the book but I realise I haven’t addressed to the public.

This question came to me by chance. Or rather, a very deliberate spam campaign. Someone was clearly mass emailing migration agents to see which one would help them out for free. While I would never give immigration advice over email like that I was inspired to write this article on the subject of marriage certificates as the only proof of relationship.

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