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Major Partner Visa Changes Ahead

Couple making heart shape with hands.

Applying for an Australian partner visa? Significant changes are ahead. You may have heard in the papers or on social media that the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 was passed in both houses of parliament on 28 November 2018. The Bill recently received Royal Ascent, which means the changes could be implemented at any point now. Partner visa applications lodged prior to the changes – and between now and when the changes officially come into force – will be assessed against current requirements. Summary of partner visa changes The Bill brings with it a number of significant reforms […]

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AAT Processing Times

Appealing a visa refusal at the AAT.

Lodged a visa appeal and wondering how long it will take? If you’re planning to appeal a visa decision through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), you’ll probably want to know how long your wait will be. Waiting to have your case heard can be agonising and the length of time that you’ll be in limbo depends on a number of factors, including the type of case and when your case is given to a decision-maker for review. The AAT recently published processing times for decisions made over the last six months and it makes difficult reading for anyone expecting a […]

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Australia Could Introduce Provisional PR Visas

Another day, another potential PR visa change. Eligible for Australian permanent residency? You might want to apply sooner rather than later after the Government signalled the possible introduction of ‘provisional visas’ for PR applicants.   Immigration Minister Peter Dutton last week released a consultation paper focusing on modernising the country’s visa system. He claimed that Australia’s system is ‘in many respects an artefact of a bygone era’. The consultation period runs until September 15th and other reforms could include a period of provisional residency. “Most of the permanent visa categories do not have a provisional stage, and applicants do not […]

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