Government cracks down on illegitimate partner visas
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Government cracks down on illegitimate partner visas

Australia is a country known and embraced for both it’s lifestyle and acceptance of different cultures.  It has estimated that up to one third of marriages in Australia involved migrant spouses. With this increase in migrant spouses, the number of partner visas issued in Australia has doubled since the 1990’s.

As with any visa application to Australia, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection pay close attention to any migration programs that begin to receive a significant increase in applications.  This is due to departmental resources being stretched as well as potential misuse of the scheme by applicants.

There are several options of Partner Visa’s available depending on the applicants and the partners situation. These options include:

  • Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 820)
  • Partner Permanent Visa (Subclass 801)
  • Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

The partner visas can be applied for either within Australia or offshore and must be submitted with the relevant documentation which includes evidence of history of the relationship prior to the Visa application.

The Australian government is remaining diligent in efforts to ensure only legitimate applicants for a partner visa are approved.  Every year the Immigration department cancels hundreds of partner visas due to evidence of the relationship being insufficient or contrived solely for the purpose of obtaining a visa into Australia. Applicants holding either permanent or temporary visas who were residing outside of Australia constitute a majority of the cancellations.

Partner Visa applications must be submitted correctly and with legitimate evidence proving the existence of the relationship which is the foundation for the application.  There are requirement’s from both parties and it can be an emotional process, especially if the application is not successful.

If you would like to speak to one of our qualified migration agents about the Partner Visa options available to your and your partner, contact our head office today.

 

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