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.
Victorian State Migration Plan: Update

The contents of this article are correct as at 31 January 2010.

When the Victorian government announced and implemented its State Migration Plan on 1 November 2010, there were a number of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skilled occupations on its Plan. However the Victorian State Migration Plan is limited by a quota and an overall cap on the total number of applications that the Victorian government can nominate each year. Indeed for the 2010-2011 financial year the Victorian government is entitled to nominate a total of 4,500 visa grants, which includes both primary and secondary (for example partners and children) applicants.

On 27 January 2011 the Victorian government announced that it will no longer accept applications for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skilled occupations after 30 January 2011, for the purposes of nomination under its State Migration Plan.

Thankfully, the Victorian government has indicated that all applications currently in process, and received prior to 30 January 2011, will be assessed against current guidelines and the availability of places under the annual occupational quotas.

Applications for all other skilled occupations mentioned on the Victorian State Migration Plan remain open at the present time.

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