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.
ANZSCO and the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL)

The contents of the article are correct as at 26 July 2010.

On 8 February 2010, the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) was revoked for all visa applicants, except:

  1. Applicants who held a subclass 485 (Skilled Graduate) visa IF before 1 January 2013 they make an application for a Subclass 885, 886 or 487 visa; OR
  2. Applicants who had applied for a subclass 485 visa that was undecided as at 8 February 2010 IF before 1 January 2013 they make an application for a Subclass 885, 886 or 487 visa: OR
  3. Applicants who, on 8 February 2010, had a pending application for a General Skilled Migration visa.

The Department has recently clarified that for the above classes of people still eligible to use MODL, the occupations on the MODL now refer to the new Australia and New Zealand Standard of Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), rather than the previous ASCO codes.

For more information on occupations on ANZSCO, please refer to our article titled “Changeover from ASCO to ANZSCO from 1 July 2010”.

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