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.

Skilled (Regional Sponsored) Visas: subclasses 489 and 887

The Regional Sponsored subclass 887 permanent visa is only available to people who hold a provisional Regional Sponsored visa, have lived in a designated regional area for at least 2 years and have worked full time in that area for at least 12 months. From 1 January 2013, the only provisional Regional Sponsored visa available is the subclass 489.

The subclass 489 is a 4-year provisional visa for applicants who:

  • can achieve a pass mark of 60 points; and
  • are sponsored by:
    • an eligible relative living in a designated area of Australia (i.e. outside the Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane metropolitan areas; or
    • nominated by a State or Territory Government; and
  • have submitted an Expression of Interest to the Department of Immigration through SkillSelect; and
  • have received an Invitation to Apply.

Updated 6 June 2013.