Including Dependents On Your Visa Application
The Australian Government has introduced far reaching changes to the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) for the purpose of most visa applications. There are now significant limitations on the class of persons that can be considered part of MoFU and hence be included in a visa application.
Character Assessment of Australian Sponsors of Partner Visa Applications
From 18 November 2016, Australian citizen and permanent resident Sponsors of Partner Visa and Prospective Marriage Visa applications (“a partner visa”), are subject to character testing. In line with current Australian Government strategies to reduce family violence in the Australian community, the new provisions have been introduced to prevent Australians who have committed a relevant offence from being able to sponsor someone for a partner visa.

Free Assessment

We provide free written advice on the prospects of success in obtaining your:

  • Partner / de facto / spouse / fiance visa  
  • Employer linked visas (482 - Temporary Skills Shortage; 186 - Employer Sponsored Nomination; 187- Regional Sponsored Migration)
  • Citizenship

The written advice:

  • Is personally prepared by one of our lawyers. It is not a computer-generated advice.
  • Includes a description of our professional services and fees
  • We may suggest other possible migration options to people who do not meet the partner visa criteria

If you would like free advice on your prospects under the partner visa streams or in obtaining citizenship, please contact us by emailing with details of your circumstances and Visa Lawyers Australia will provide you with a free written advice on the best options for you.

Please note that our free assessments do not extend to General Skilled Migration or tourist visa enquiries.

Partner visa enquiries - please tell us for both you and your partner, your:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Country of passport (if not Australia)
  • Australian visa status (include visa subclass) and visa expiry
  • Relationship status (eg, married, engaged, de facto, or de facto and registered)
  • Date of marriage, engagement, registration or commencement of relationship
  • Are you and your partner living together and if so, how long have you been living together

Employer Linked enquires

To be eligible for this pathway, please note that you must either have an employer who is prepared to sponsor you or you must be an employer looking to sponsor an employee. The nominated occupation must appear on one of the eligible skilled occupations lists. Please also note that Labour Market Testing may be a requirement of nomination. For a free assessment please provide us with your:

  • Full Name
  • Occupation
  • Offer of employment including position description
  • Curriculum vitae

Citizenship enquiries - please tell us the details of your:

  • Current visa held
  • Visa subclass
  • Visa grant date
  • Visa expiry date
  • Date of first Australian visa grant
  • Number of days outside of Australia in the past 12 months
  • Number of days outside of Australian in the past 4 years

Please note that while our initial advice is in writing and free, we do not provide ongoing free advice and commentary without a fee agreement.

On receiving your full and accurate answers to our questions above, we will send you a free written opinion on your chances of a successful application. At this time, if we have assessed you as being eligible to apply, we will also provide you with a description of our services, our professional fees and other costs involved in applying for your visa.

If you wish to engage our services, we will then send you a fee agreement. This document provides you with a detailed explanation of the:

  • Services we will provide you
  • Costs involved in applying for your visa

We will ask you to sign the fee agreement and make an initial part payment before we proceed with your application.

Contacting Visa Lawyers Australia


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