Immigration (Education) (Specification of temporary visas) Amendment Instrument (LIN 21/070) 2021

Immigration (Education) (Specification of temporary visas) Amendment Instrument (LIN 21/070) 2021 dated 12 September 2021[“the Instrument”] amends Immigration (Education) (Specification of temporary visas) Instrument (LIN 21/013) 2021 dated 19 April 2021 to add Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) subclass 449 visa to the list of specified temporary visa subclasses, holders of which are eligible to access English…

Update on Partner Visa processing

On 05 September 2021, the Department of Home Affairs have released a statement regarding Partner visa processing in the program years 2020-21 and 2021-22. In these program years, the partner visa has 72,300 places for each year, constituting 94% of the Family stream program, much higher compared to the previous average of around 80% as…

Changes to Partner Visa in 2021

The Department of Home Affairs had announced certain reforms to the Partner visa program as part of the last year’s Federal Budget announcement, including pre-approval of Sponsorship applications and new English language requirement for Partner visa applicants at the permanent stage, to strengthen the integration outcomes of the Partner program. The reforms will apply the…

Information on Partner Visa processing times

The Department of Home Affairs have released information on 07 January 2021 under Freedom of Information request (FOI) providing information on partner visas, Subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) visa and Subclass 820 Partner Visa applications’ average processing times between July 2019 and June 2020. According to the information, the following was processing time in calendar days…

Information on partner visa applications

The Department of Home Affairs have released information on 30 October 2020 under Freedom of Information request (FOI) providing statistics on partner visa applications, including Partner (subclass 309) visa, Partner (subclass 100) visa, Partner (subclass 820) visa and Partner (subclass 801) visa applications onhand as on 30 September 2020. According to the information, the following…

Australia revisits English language criteria

Recently, the Government has announced certain measures to protect Australians, securing the borders, and providing resources to recover from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. Amongst other things, the plan focuses on immigration and social cohesion by supporting migrants to learn English language and enable them to have the best chance to make a life and…

Changes to strengthen Partner visa program

In addition to indicating introduction of new requirement to learn English language for partner visa applicants and their sponsors from late 2021, the Government has also indicated some changes to the Partner visa framework to protect the visa applicants against family violence. These changes are aimed at countering family violence by assessing Partner visa sponsor…

Changes to requirements for Partner Visa

As part of the Federal Budget 2020-2021 announcement on 06 October 2020, the Government has indicated introduction of a new requirement to learn English language for partner visa applicants and their sponsors from late 2021. These changes are aimed towards maximising job prospects in Australia, and enhancing social cohesion. If legislative changes are made to…