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Speeding Up Your Partner Visa Application Processing Time

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Speeding Up Your Partner Visa Application Processing Time

Dear readers,

I’ve been going through a lot of partner visa application reviews lately and the number 1 problem that I’ve noticed in an increasing amount of applications is:

Not presenting the information properly!

This can lead to:

  • Invalid visa applications
  • Delays in visa processing
  • Possible visa refusal
  • Requests for further information
  • Investigations by the Department

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Medicare and Partner Visas – Can I Get It?

Medicare and Partner Visas – Can I Get It?

Last updated: 27 May 2019

So I’ve been getting a lot of questions around this: “can partner visa apply for medicare?” and similarly “can partner visa get Centrelink?”

Today I’ll deal with whether a partner visa applicant can get Medicare and shortly I’ll have a separate post on whether a partner visa applicant get Centrelink.

Let’s begin with a brief summary of what Medicare does: it’s the public healthcare system that provides a lot of the essential yet basic services such as going to the doctors, getting your eyes checked out and going to hospital. Of course there are limitations but basically it’s what Australians know and come to enjoy as ‘free healthcare’. For a more detailed explanation of how Medicare works, you can visit their site here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/dhs/medicare

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Proposed Legislation To Screen Partner Visa Sponsors For Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence and Australian Partner Visas

Earlier in the year, I reported on my firm’s website about a proposed legislation that will screen Australian sponsors for a history of domestic violence. The full article can be found here: Partner Visa Sponsors To Be Screened For Domestic Violence

The Bill proposes to stop Australian sponsors with a history of domestic violence from sponsoring for partner visas. The Bill was introduced in March but lapsed due to the Federal election.

Now the Bill has been re-introduced and proposes that Australian sponsors with a history of domestic violence go through a separate assessment process. Australian sponsors with a history of serious criminal conduct in a relationship or sex offences convictions may also face a ban from sponsoring.

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Thursday Answers – Criminal records and Australian partner visa applications

Criminal records and Australian partner visa applications

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Thursday Answers are a response to questions submitted by readers on our regular Ask Mondays posts.

Every Monday I ask people to send in their questions and concerns and I select one to answer. In doing this, I hope you will see that a) you’re not alone in this, b) there are no stupid questions and c) we’re all here to help!

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How much does an Australian partner visa cost? All the expected (and unexpected) fees

How much does an Australian partner visa cost?

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Last updated: 27 May 2019

Warning: this is a long read because I’ll be going through how much an Australian partner visa application costs – breaking down the expected and unexpected fees.

The usual suspects include the partner visa application fee itself but what about all the other costs for collecting and gathering the evidence that you’ll need? This post will give you an estimate so that you can budget accordingly because we all know that getting it wrong could cost you a fortune.

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Thursday Answers – Help! Everything is in his name, how do I prove living together and finances?

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Thursday Answers are a response to questions submitted by readers on our regular Ask Mondays posts.

Every Monday I ask people to send in their questions and concerns and I select one to answer. In doing this, I hope you will see that a) you’re not alone in this, b) there are no stupid questions and c) we’re all here to help!

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Thursday Answers – What is the difference between statutory declarations and Form 888?

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What is the difference between statutory declarations and Form 888?

Last updated: 19 June 2019

Thursday Answers are a response to questions submitted by readers on our regular Ask Mondays posts.

Every Monday I ask people to send in their questions and concerns and I select one to answer. In doing this, I hope you will see that a) you’re not alone in this, b) there are no stupid questions and c) we’re all here to help!

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