Partner visas: Processing delays double, total onhand applications now over 210,000

Partner visas: Processing delays double, total onhand applications now over 210,000

A request by the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on partner visas has uncovered increasing delays in processing applications, which in turn ridicules claims made by the government that it has reduced Australia’s permanent visa grant numbers.

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Distinguished Talent visas can now be lodged online

Distinguished Talent visas can now be lodged online

Distinguished Talent visas, which are subclass 124 and 858 visas, can now be made online through the Department of Home Affairs’ website. This is different from an Internet application, which is also explained as well as the benefits and detriments to both methods.

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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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