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.

Two-Stage Business Visas

For other prospective business stream migrants, there is a 2-stage scheme. Business migrants are granted a Business Skills Provisional or Temporary Visa for 4 years. After establishing the required level of business experience or maintaining their eligible investment in Australia, they are eligible to make an application for a Business Skills Permanent Residence Visa. The stages and subclasses are as follows:

  • First-Stage Provisional Visas are made up of 3 categories:
    • Business Owner
    • Senior Executive
    • Investor
  • Second-Stage Residence visas. These permanent residency visas are only available to holders of First-Stage Provisional Visas

More details on the requirements for two-stage business visas.

Updated 18 February 2013.