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.

GSM Permanent Residency Visas

On 1 July 2012 a new approach to the GSM permanent visa stream, SkillSelect, was introduced, ending the distinction between onshore and offshore permanent GSM visas.  Under SkillSelect applicants, regardless of their location, are now considered for either the independent skilled visa subclass 189 or the State/Territory Government sponsored visa subclass 190.

In order to apply for one of these visas intending applicants must first receive an invitation from the Department of Immigration, inviting them to apply. To obtain an invitation, intending applicants must demonstrate their ability to satisfy the criteria for a permanent GSM visa via an Expression of Interest, which is lodged online with the Department of Immigration.

The permanent Skilled Regional visa subclass 887 has not been affected by the introduction of Skills Select and can still be applied for by people who hold a qualifying visa without the need for an invitation. Please click this link for further information on the skilled regional sponsored visas

More details on the key criteria and application procedure GSM permanent residency stream visas.

Updated 6 June 2013.