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Sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visas lodged on or after 18 November 2016 to provide police checks

The Australian government is committed to reducing violence in the Australian community, including family and sexual violence.

Tips on lodging Partner visa applications

Applications for Partner (Temporary) visas (subclass 820) and Partner (Provisional) visas (subclass 309) are currently taking between 12 and 15 months to process, due to high demand.

Changes to Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visas

On 2 June 2014 the government repealed the following visas:

Parent (non-contributory) visas:

  • subclass 103 (Parent)
  • subclass 804 (Aged Parent)

Other Family visas:

New Identity Requirements in Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020

New identity requirements were introduced for Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 from 22 March 2014.

The Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

The SOL is a really useful tool for giving people who want to migrate to Australia a clear idea of just what skills are in short supply here over the next three to five years.

Determining Australia’s Migration Program

Australia’s migration program for 2013–14 was announced in May 2013. This sets the number of places available for people who want to migrate to Australia permanently. But have you considered how the Australian Government plans and determines the size and composition of the program each year?

Same-sex marriage and skilled migration visas

Some of the claims in a recent mainstream media report about same-sex marriage and skilled migration were wrong.

Streamlining family violence evidence requirements

The family violence provisions in migration law allow certain visa applicants to remain in Australia if their relationship has broken down and they have suffered family violence.

Removal of Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement from Partner visas

Changes to partner visas  

From 1 January 2012, the discretionary Assurance of Support (AoS) requirement was removed from partner visas. This change complemented other 1 January amendments to social security legislation that affect eligibility for welfare payments.  


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