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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!
Changes to Partner Visa Sponsorship Requirements in June 2019
In yet another example of how inexperienced (and even the most experienced) migration agents have bungled the interpretation of the law (remember some migration agents are not lawyers) are the proposed changes to the Partner Visas coming in June 2019.
Every migration agency under the sun is heralding a change that supposedly would require the Australian sponsor to be approved before the visa application. They’ve all variously said that the approval process is a separate process and may take anywhere up to 12-15 months (where they got this number from I’m not sure but they were probably projecting from past numbers). They’ve all claimed that because of this splitting of the process, that everyone should run to them immediately so that their migration agents can help you get your applications in before then (and charge you a mint for it!). They’ve erroneously concluded that if the sponsorship needs to be approved first, then the visa applicant can’t make a visa application until then and there may not be a bridging visa for the visa applicant (if they’re onshore).
This is wrong. Just downright, blatantly wrong.
Working holiday visas (subclass 417 and 462) are a very common pathway for couples to live together in Australia for a while as they provide work rights and a long enough time for couples to establish their relationship in Australia.
Couples who meet overseas and would like to repatriate to Australia often use working holiday visas for the foreign partner (if they’re eligible) to see if they want to spend the rest of their lives in Australia.
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.
Australia Has Legalised Same-Sex Marriage And This Means More Opportunities For You
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.
Marriage certificates and proof of 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.
Announcing The Second Edition Of “The Australian Partner Visa Guide” – New And Updated Tips And Tricks To Get You Through The Australian Partner Visa Process
The Second Edition Of “The Australian Partner Visa Guide”
At the beginning of the year I signalled that I wanted to write additional supplements to the book. I published the second stage visa processing book at the end of January and then I set to work on the second edition of The Australian Partner Visa Guide.
Unfortunately the process to write the second edition was not as fast because I was inundated with application review requests. But that’s good news for the second edition.
Because I was doing more and more application reviews I was able to see where everyone was repeating the same mistakes over and over again. I thought I had addressed these in my book but after asking a few of the readers I realised that it wasn’t as clear as I had hoped.
That’s why I took all their questions and wrote about them.
I also took more examples of the good, the bad and the ugly statutory declarations and supporting evidence and I added it to the second edition.
Here’s what you’re going to get in the second edition:
- 199 pages of The Australian Partner Visa Guide – an additional 60 pages of content
- 2 guides on obtaining your health examination – health declaration and eMedical systems
- 2 Additional samples of GOOD sponsor and applicant statutory declarations – 3 in total
- 2 Additional samples of BAD sponsor and applicant statutory declarations – 2 in total
- 1 sample of a BAD form 888 of a supporting witness with explanations
- 1 sample of a GOOD form 888 of a supporting witness with explanations
- How to prepare documents sample PDF with instructions
- Additional tutorial on practical points of the online application system
- Sample application review report
- Sample images of documents you have to submit
4 Benefits Of Applying For A Partner Visa Outside Of Australia
There’s been a big upheaval in visa land a.k.a Australian immigration laws, particularly about permanent residency and pathways to citizenship. But buried deep within the turmoil were 2 sneaky even more upsetting news: price hikes and prolonged processing times.
So I talked about the price hikes here and although I don’t think you should submit incomplete applications (or do I?), you really should get your applications in before 1 July if you want to get ahead of the price hikes. Note: that’s 1 July EVERY YEAR.