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.
457 Visa Processing Centres of Excellence

The contents of this article are correct as at 30 July 2008

On 1 July 2008, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) opened 3 new “Centres of Excellence” designed to streamline the processing of 457 visa applications.

DIAC has undertaken to process applications for 457 visas within 48 hours. This means that either a decision will be made or a request for more information will be sent to applicants within two business days.  

At a recent meeting with Department of Immigration officials attended by Visa Lawyers Australia, the Manager of the DIAC Temporary Business Entry team emphasized the importance of lodging applications that are as complete as possible: “Applications with all required information will be decided at the initial assessment stage. If you do not include all necessary supporting documents with your application, you will be contacted and asked to provide this at a later date. You should ensure you include any medical and character checks where required.”  

The Centres of Excellence, and two-day processing time offered by DIAC, are part of a range of Departmental initiatives to better assist employers in meeting Australia’s current demand for skilled workers.  

If you are an employer seeking to sponsor a person for a temporary work visa, please contact us to discuss how we can assist