Sponsorship reforms planned for Partner visa applicants

17/09/2018

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is planning to introduce reforms that seeks to increase the obligations on sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage applicants. This new reform aims to protect an applicant against a sponsor with a history of violent offences including domestic violence or paedophilia charges which may put the applicant in a dangerous or vulnerable situation. In these circumstances, a sponsor with adverse information recorded on their police clearance must share this information with their partner. Currently, only male sponsors are required to present police clearances.

Under new proposed arrangements, the sponsorship will need to be approved before the visa application is submitted. Currently, an applicant must first submit a visa application including payment of the prescribed Visa Application Charge (VAC) and then submit the sponsorship which is linked to the Partner visa application.

Visa application charges may increase in the future

The DHA is also considering dividing the partner visa into 2 subclasses comprising of a 3-year provisional visa followed by a permanent visa. If the proposed changes are introduced, both applications would require individual VAC payments resulting in a considerable increase to existing visa costs.

Currently provisional visa applicants who pay the VAC of A$7,155 at the initial application stage are not required to pay an additional fee when applying for permanent residence 2 years or more after their provisional visa application was submitted.

 

 

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17/09/2018

Sponsorship reforms planned for Partner visa applicants

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is planning to introduce reforms that seeks to increase the obligations on sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage applicants.  

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