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Partner Visas


Written By Will Aldous
Wed, Jun 11, 2014
Will Aldous

On the face of it, information provided by the Department of Immigration website, which presents as a set of guidelines for a successful Partner visa applications, seems rather straightforward.

However, the Government Immigration policy, which lies behind the relevant Immigration law, directs Department of Immigration Case Manager’s as to how to examine and assess particular applications, particularly where the applicant and their sponsor may be seeking certain criteria to be waived under what is known as compelling and compassionate circumstances. Such policy directions are not readily available and as such, many applicants are caught by not completely understanding the full impact of these directions.

Accordingly, we would urge potential applicants to seek professional guidance, if you consider that your application may potentially have issues in relation to the time spent cohabitating between the visa applicant and the sponsor, in cases where a previous visa application under Partner guidelines has been lodged or if the sponsor has previously sponsored under this category of visa.

Also, if you are a provisional partner visa holder, seeking to secure permanent residency in Australia, but find yourself in the unfortunate position of being the victim of domestic violence at the hands of your sponsor, our registered practitioners at TSS Immigration have extensive experience in making submissions on behalf of such clients, on domestic violence grounds.

Please note that the Department of Immigration is experiencing an unprecedented number of applications, which are pending decisions, with a diminished number of Officers assessing those applications. Accordingly, it is vital that your application is as ‘decision ready’ as possible to avoid further and unnecessary delays

Our expertise lies in the areas of:

- Onshore sub-class 820/801 visas – Marriage of De Facto grounds

- Offshore Prospective Marriage visas –sub-class 300

- Offshore Provisional Partner Visas – sub-class 309

- Applications to the Migration Review Tribunal following primary refusal of such applications.

- Written submissions supporting Domestic Violence claims.

- Written submissions supporting compelling and compassionate circumstances

Please note that the Department of Immigration is experiencing an unprecedented number of applications, which are pending decisions, with a diminished number of Officers assessing those applications. Accordingly, it is vital that your application is as ‘decision ready’ as possible to avoid further and unnecessary delays.

We note that with the best of intentions, many applicants lodge their Partner Visa applications in a way, which they understandably believe will be in a format in which the Department of Immigration would want to receive such applications. However, the Department’s own internal processes set out ways in which applications are received and filed. Our Registered Agents are experienced in putting together applications in a way which matches the preferred application format within the Department of Immigration.

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