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.
Recognition of TRA skills assessments obtained prior to 1 January 2010

The contents of this article are correct as at 15 March 2010.


Changes introduced to immigration laws on 1 January 2010 had required GSM applicants nominating a trade skilled occupation, to provide a Trades Recognition Australia (“TRA”) skills assessment dated on or after 1 January 2010.

For a number of GSM applicants, thankfully, this is no longer the case.

Any onshore GSM applications made from 12 March 2010 (that is, subclasses 487/ 885 / 886) where an applicant is nominating a trade occupation:

  • May rely upon an existing TRA skills assessment which pre-dates 1 January 2010  
  • Are no longer required to provide TRA skills assessment which is dated on or after 1 January 2010.

The change will be welcomed by a large number of GSM trade occupation applicants, especially those currently holding subclass 485 visas, who would have been substantially, economically and unfairly disadvantaged by being forced to comply with the “job ready test” criteria.

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