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.
State or Territory Nomination Under General Skilled Migration

 The contents of this article are correct as at 27 September 2010.

At the present time, State and Territory governments have not released their migration plans for subclass 176/886 visas. This is due to the delay caused by the recent Federal election.

State migration plans are expected to be released within the next 2-3 weeks. The migration plans will offer an opportunity for potential skilled migrants under the General Skilled Migration program.

It is expected that some migration plans will have occupations not found on the narrow and limited Schedule 3 Skilled Occupations List.

However, applicants should note that each State and Territory government will be introducing its own set of criteria which needs to be met in order to be eligible for State and Territory nomination. The nomination criteria may be above and beyond visa requirements under subclasses 176 and 886. By way of example, these may include having:

  • A certain level of English language skill
  • Specific kinds of work experience
  • Evidence of financial capacity

NSW has indicated that its new state migration plan will likely include the same occupations as its state sponsorship skilled migration list that existed before 1 July 2010. This list included occupations such as:

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Architects
  • Chemist
  • Engineers
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Research & Development Manager

We will be providing updates on the new state migration plans as developments occur.

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