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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. More

Changes to Evidence Required to Prove Family Violence

In November 2012 the Family Violence provisions to the Migration Act 1958 were amended to broaden the evidentiary requirements for applicants who make non-judicially determined claims of family violence. More

Important changes to processing arrangements for Partner (Permanent) Visas

From 1 October 2010, all Partner (permanent) visa applications lodged at an immigration office overseas and due for permanent visa assessment on or after 1 October 2010 will be processed at the Partner (permanent) Processing Centre located Brisbane. More

Relationships Recognised by DIAC for the Purposes of a Visa Application

A summary of the types of relationships that are recognized by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for visa purposes. More

Reduction in the term of a “long term partner relationship”

Change in meaning of “long term partner relationship”. More

Changes to laws allowing lodgement of partner visas in Australia

Welcome changes to partner visa scheme. More

Measures to protect children from high risk situations

Policies aimed at protecting minors from high risk situations. More