The proposed changes to sponsored family visas, has passed the Senate and waiting royal assent to become law.
The final Bill details are unknown and therefore not possible to predict the effects of the new legislation. Ever once the Bill contents are known, we will only know what the changes are once the regulations and Immigration’s policy details are made known.
The proposed changes mean that the family sponsorship application must be lodged and approved prior. The partner visa Australia application can be lodged after the approval of the sponsor application.
Concerns re the proposed changes include having to wait for the sponsor to be approved first (12-18 months) before an eligible partner visa application can be lodged. This means there will no Bridging visa for partner onshore during the sponsorship application!
Or being named in the sponsor application and the effect on the visa applicant then applying for another temporary visa, e.g. visitor visa which has a genuineness test.
The Bill’s intention included additional obligations on current and future partner/fiance visa sponsors, and imposing sanctions on family visa sponsors if the obligations are not met.
If you are planning to lodge partner/spouse or prospective marriage visa, we suggest you do that without delay. Call us today at 04 6698 3486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org