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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

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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

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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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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

Australian Partner Visa Guide 2nd Edition 2017

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

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Partner Visa Application Fees WILL Go Up On 1 July 2017

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Recently the Australian Government revealed their Budget and naturally in a game of pluses and minuses in order to balance the nation’s books, there’d be winners and losers. Unfortunately my dear readers, we are the losers in this one.

Not only will the fees for partner visa applications go up on 1 July 2017, they’ll continue to go up every year in line with inflation.

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New Changes Mean Australian Sponsors Will Require Police Checks As Part Of The Partner Visa Application Process

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Australian Sponsors Will Require Police Checks

Remember that earlier post about impending changes to the partner visas? Well it’s here folks.

The changes are significant from a legislation point of view but from your point of view, it’s simply another piece of evidence that you need to provide with your partner visa applications.

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