Family visa sponsors will soon need to apply; temporary parent visa coming

Family visa sponsors will soon need to apply; temporary parent visa coming

A bill that was passed last week has created the framework for family visa sponsors, which include Australian citizens and permanent residents, to apply to be approved sponsors before a corresponding visa application can be made. This could create problems for onshore visa applicants, especially those wishing to lodge a partner visa, if processing times for these sponsor applications are lengthy. This legislation is also a precursor to the introduction of the proposed temporary parent visa.

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Partner visas: Fraud and PIC 4020 refusals, and a mysterious points tool

Partner visas: Fraud and PIC 4020 refusals, and a mysterious points tool

A very interesting requested made to the Department of Home Affairs asked whether there was a points system in assessing partner visa applications, potentially alluding to a certain risk tiering tool.

Information on refusals of Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visas, the offshore Subclass 309/100 – Partner visa and the onshore Subclass 820/801 – Partner visa were fraud was recorded, or where the applicant fails to meet public interest criterion 4020 are analysed.

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Visa application charges and fee increases from 1 July 2018

Visa application charges and fee increases from 1 July 2018

A new legislative instrument reveals changes to most visa application charges from 1 July 2018. While there appear to be no major fee hike, it is interesting to know there is legsilation that caps maximum possible visa application charges, but you will not find it anywhere in the Migration Act or Regulations.

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