Partner Visa Update
We expect the changes to the application procedures for Subclasses 820/801/300 partner visas to commence on 17 April 2019. Yesterday the Government proclaimed that the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016, as passed both Houses on 28 November 2018, will commence on 17 April 2019. However, accompanying Regulations are yet to be enacted so there could be a further delay until the Regulation based procedures are in effect.
Under the new system, Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident Sponsors must apply for and be approved to Sponsor a family member before that family member can apply for the visa. This will have a big impact on the ability of people to apply onshore for partner visas before the expiry of their current visa, and in having the benefit of a bridging visa during visa processing. See below: