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Important changes to processing arrangements for Partner (Permanent) Visas
  

The contents of this article are correct as at 3 October 2010.

An application for a Partner (Temporary) visa is also an application for a Partner (Permanent) visa.

The below chart summarises the types of Partner visas:

 

Your current visa is:

 

You are applying for:

 

Partner (temporary)

(lodged in Australia)

 

Subclass 820

 

Partner (residence)

 

Subclass 801

 

Partner (provisional)

(lodged outside Australia)

 

Subclass 309

 

Partner (migrant)

 

Subclass 100

 

Referred to as Partner (temporary) visas

 

Referred to as Partner (permanent) visas

 

The law provides that, except in certain exceptional cases (eg domestic violence or the death of the Australian partner), assessment of the Partner (Permanent) visa is done two years after the original visa application was made.

There are now changes to the processing arrangements for the Partner (permanent) visa application, no matter whether your visa application was lodged in Australia or overseas.

From 1 October 2010, all Partner (permanent) visa applications lodged at an immigration office overseas and due for permanent visa assessment on or after 1 October 2010 will be processed at the Partner (permanent) Processing Centre located Brisbane.

Partner (permanent) visa applications due for assessment before 1 October 2010 will continue to be processed at the Partner (permanent) Processing Centre—Canberra, located in the ACT and Regions Office (ACTRO).

The below chart summarises the processing arrangements for the permanent visas: If you have any questions concerning this article, please


 

Your current visa is:

 

You are applying for:

 

The office processing your application will be:

 

Partner (temporary) (subclass 820)

 

Partner (residence) (subclass 801)

 

Melbourne Partner (Permanent) Processing Centre

 

Partner (provisional) (subclass 309)

 

Partner (Migrant) (subclass 100)

 

Brisbane Partner (Permanent) Processing Centre – where original partner visa application was lodged at an overseas post (on or after 1 October 2008) and permanent visa assessment is due on or after 1 October 2010

 

 

Canberra Partner (Permanent) Processing Centre – where original partner visa assessment was due before 1 October 2010

 

 

Applicants should be mindful when their date of eligibility for the Partner (permanent) visa application is due, to avoid delays in processing.

It should be noted that DIAC’s current service standard for processing Partner (Permanent) visas is 6 - 8 months (for 75 percent of cases).

In certain cases it may be possible to request and obtain expedition in processing.

If you have any questions regarding this article, please click this link to contact Visa Lawyers Australia.