Partner visas in Australia: 9 Things You Should Know Before Applying

There are currently 82,000 applications for 1st stage partner visa in the pipeline this year 2019. We can make your dream a reality by helping you through the Australian visa application process for your partner.

Do you want your partner/spouse to enter or stay and live with you in Australia? There are different things to consider to bring your partner or family over to join you temporarily or permanently in Australia. The Department of Home Affairs has specified various eligibility criteria that need to be met in order to make a successful application.

Below are the different options to consider:

(A) Location where you will be when the application is lodged Will you be applying onshore whilst you are in Australia or offshore (outside Australia)?

(B) Details of your relationship. The applicant and the sponsor must be able to demonstrate the state of their relationship as this is a critical criteria necessary to the success of your application.

  • Engaged
  • In a de facto relationship
  • Married

(C) Prospective marriage visa for those who are engaged. This is lodged when the applicant is outside Australia. The applicant must first enter Australia before getting married once this visa is granted. Once married, you may then lodge a partner visa base on marriage while in Australia.

(D) Partner visa base on a de facto relationship. You must be in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months prior to lodgement. This can be lodged either while the applicant is outside or inside Australia. There are exemptions for the 12 months requirements.

(E) Partner visa base on marriage. Must be legally married. This can be lodged either while the applicant is inside or outside Australia.

(F) There are two stages for the partner visa application. Visa applicant is eligible for 2nd stage of the application, two years from the lodgement of the first stage application.

(G) Evidence of relationship must show the relationship is genuine, continuing and committed to the exclusion of all others. The four aspects of the relationship that must be evidenced include the financial aspect, social aspect, nature of household and nature of commitment.

(H) The visa application charge is currently $7160 but will be increasing by 5.4% on 1 Jul 2019.

(I) The estimated processing time is available on the department website

Current Statistics:

  • There are currently 82,000 applications for 1st stage partner visa in the pipeline
  • For the 2nd stage partner visa applications in the pipeline is 156,000
  • Applications that are now ready for 2nd stage processing is 35,000
  • The Migration program planning levels for 2019-2020 for the partner stream are 39,799 visas

To see whether you are eligible for an Australian visa on the basis of being sponsored by your partner, click here to complete the Online Partner Visa assessment

Are you thinking about migrating to Australia or New Zealand?

Deciding to relocate to another country is a major undertaking for yourself and your family. It is often a complex and difficult process, most likely expensive and time-consuming, as well as stressful and very worrying. Government requirements and application processes are also constantly changing. In this environment, it is very easy to get it wrong or make a mistake.

5 Common pitfalls and mistakes visa applicants make :
(a) Relying on the internet for information certainly has its risks. Too often, the information is generic, most likely out of date, or at worst, wrong. It is best to seek advice from a qualified migration agent to assess your circumstance so you may be provided with correct and updated information in regard to the visa you wish to apply.

(b) Listening to relatives and friends for advice and support is another common mistake. What previously worked for them may not in fact work for you now. It’s important to understand that everyone’s situation and particular circumstance is different.

(c) Not asking the right question about issues you are worried about because you are frightened of being judged does no one any favors. You need to be open and honest, and willing and able to ask any question – about the things you are not sure of and the things you are sure of.

(d) Leaving everything to the last minute is very risky and stressful for everyone. We understand that short timelines are sometimes unavoidable. However, when visa applicants (and visa holders) fail to give their migration matter the necessary priority, it is a recipe for a disaster.

(e) Choosing the cheapest option can also very easily end up as an expensive disaster. Too often we are asked for advice and help to fix someone’s personal train wreck. It is very dispiriting telling a client that you don’t have a magic wand and cannot fix their migration problem.

The reasons we stated above show how crucial it is to make the right decision and to choose the best migration pathway and visa options that best meet your needs.

There are different pathways you can take to migrate to Australia or New Zealand with your family. Get in touch with one of our migration agents to assess your personal circumstances prior to making the big move.

3 Reasons for using a Migration Agent
(1) Getting it right the first time.
Successfully lodging your visa application is much more than just ticking the boxes and completing an online application form. We will advise you about all of your visa options and available pathways. We make sure that all legislative requirements are correctly and comprehensively addressed, using the correct form and addressing each individual part, and submitting all necessary supporting documentation within prescribed timelines. Providing correct and accurate information minimizes the risk your visa application will be refused and avoids the imposition of a 3 to 10-year ban from applying for another visa.

(2) Providing a professional and personal service.
Our migration agents are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) in order to provide immigration assistance services. Only registered migration agents can legally give immigration assistance in Australia. Registered Migration Agents must comply in law to a strict Code of Practice including a high standard of professional conduct and undertaking continuous professional development and training. Our professional networks include membership of a national forum of migration agents where we share and discuss issues and concerns affecting our industry and our clients.

Bruce and Gloria are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority to provide our clients with end-to-end migration services. They provide high-quality services by ensuring each client receives individualized assessment and attention, excellent communication and case management, and delivers mutual objectives accurately and in a timely manner.

(3) Taking the worry and stress out of the equation.

Our clients are our number #1 priority. We explain the legislative requirements using plain English and easy to understand language. Engaging our services to manage your migration matter is an onerous responsibility which we greatly value and respect. Your future depends on us delivering a quality and reliable service to you and your family.

Better manage your stress levels by letting us look after and take responsibility for your particular migration matter. If you are wanting to migrate to Australia or New Zealand with your family, complete our free visa assessment form online and our experienced and qualified migration agents will assess your personal circumstance and advise you the best option for yourself and your family.

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