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.
Changes to health requirements for onshore Skilled Migration applicants

The contents of this article are correct as at 8 April 2010


Changes to health requirements for onshore Skilled Migration applicants

Due to long processing times, DIAC has recently announced its intention to remove the requirement that applicants book a medical examination before lodging an application for the onshore Skilled Migration visas. This change will likely come into effect later in 2010.

As an interim measure, DIAC requires applicants for 485, 487, 885 and 886 visas to ring Medibank Health Solutions on 1300 361 046 to ask for a booking reference number and include this with their application. This is all that is required of applicants and is not the same as booking an appointment for a health check.

The above change is welcome news for Skilled Migration applicants and should reduce the possibility of applicants having to undertake a second health check due to visa processing delays.

If you have any questions concerning this change, please click here to contact Visa Lawyers Australia.