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.
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Other Visa Categories

We assist with other temporary and permanent visa applications, such as:

  • Resident Return visas allowing people to extend their Australian permanent residency status. This includes people who are returning to Australia after a long period overseas.
  • Visitor stream visas allowing people to enter and remain in Australia temporarily for business, pleasure, working holidays, visiting family or medical treatment.
  • Student stream visas allowing people to enter or remain in Australia to undertake study at a school, university, English language college, vocational college, or trade school.
  • Temporary work stream visas allowing entertainers, public lecturers, religious workers, visiting academics, sports people, and people on work exchanges to enter and work lawfully in Australia.
  • New Zealand stream visas allowing citizens of New Zealand to take advantage of bilateral arrangements allowing easier migration between Australia and New Zealand.
  • Other visas including but not limited to self-funded retirees and transit passengers

How we are able to assist:

  • Advising on requirements and stages
  • Advising on strategy, including evidence required to support application
  • Drafting employment reference letters
  • Preparing detailed sponsorship applications by Australian organisations
  • Preparing applications for sponsorship by Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • Preparing visa applications
  • Making detailed written legal submissions to the Department of Immigration in support of applications
  • Ongoing liaison with the Department of Immigration during all stages of processing

Contact Visa Lawyers Australia for assistance.