*Newsflash* Partner Visa Application Process to Change from 17 April 2019

Posted by Alberto Fascetti on Apr 10, 2019 7:17:14 PM


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***FURTHER UPDATE at 12 April 2019***

Partner provisions - NOT commencing 17 April 2019

The Department advised that further regulation and system changes are required for the new framework to apply to the partner visas, therefore the current arrangements for existing visas, including partner visas, will continue to operate from 17 April 2019.


Changes to Australia’s sponsored family visas are scheduled to commence on 17th April 2019. The new Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill was recently passed through Parliament. It will have a significant impact on whether an Australian Partner Visa application can be lodged when the applicant (the partner or spouse) is living in Australia.

Read on to find out more about the changes and their impact...

Changes to Australian Partner Visas from 17 April 2019...

On 8th April, the Australian Governor General announced that Schedule 1 of the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 would begin on 17th April 2019.

These new regulations mean that sponsorship applications by the Australian sponsor will need to be approved before the Partner Visa application can be lodged.

Essentially, it will become a two-step process that will delay the lodgement of the Partner Visa application. Visa applicants will need to have a valid visa until the sponsorship is approved, and only then will they be allowed to lodge their Partner Visa and obtain a Bridging Visa A to stay in Australia while their Partner Visa is processed.

Partner Visa applicants with limited time left on their current visa will need to lodge another visa application that will allow them to stay in Australia legally, or leave Australia and stay overseas until their Partner Visa is granted.

Without the lodgement of a valid visa application in Australia, prospective Partner Visa applicants will not be entitled to a Bridging Visa A (BVA), Medicare or full work rights, in some cases. 

What is the current Partner Visa application process?

Partner Visa applicants must be sponsored by an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Currently, the visa applicant and their sponsoring partner can lodge a sponsorship application and a Partner Visa application at the same time.

From 17th April, there will be a longer time period between waiting for approval for the sponsorship application and lodging a Partner Visa application. It’s tricky to know how long this decision process will take, but based on current processing times, it could take several months.

Thinking of lodging a Partner Visa application? *Act now*

If you’re considering applying for a Partner Visa, now is the time to act. FastVisa recommends lodging your sponsorship and Partner Visa application before changes commence on 17th April if possible.

Australian Partner Visa applications can be complex and confusing - please contact FastVisa’s experienced team today for practical advice. Our immigration law specialists can quickly advise you on your options.

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