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.
Migration occupations in demand list (MODL) revoked for ENS and RSMS applications

The contents of this article are correct as at 2 March 2010

DIAC recently announced that the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) has been revoked for the Employment Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclasses.

Instead MODL has now been replaced with the Critical Skills List (CSL) for such applications.

Before 8 February 2010 applicants for ENS or RSMS, whose occupation was on the MODL, could claim exceptional circumstances for:

  1. Waiving the age criterion (45 years old)
  2. Three years work experience requirement if they had completed an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) trade, diploma or higher level qualification in the six months before lodging the application.

The above second category was a significant advantage to recent Australian graduates.

For applications lodged after 8 February 2010, these claims for exceptional circumstances will be considered only if the nominated occupation is on the CSL, not the MODL.

If your Australian sponsor is considering sponsoring you for permanent residency and you have questions concerning this process, please click the link to contact Visa Lawyers Australia Pty Ltd