April 12th, 2019

Partner visas requiring sponsorship approval prior to visa lodgement – not commencing now

Partner visa changes requiring sponsorship approval before a visa lodged is NOT going ahead now on the 17th April 2019 …

The MIA has been provided with the following information by the Department:

The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016, passed by Parliament on 28 November 2018, will provide a framework to separate sponsorship assessments from visa application assessments for Family visas.

The separate sponsorship framework will first be implemented in the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa which will be open for sponsorship applications from 17 April 2019.

Further regulation and system changes are required for the new framework to apply to other visas. At this stage, there is no timeframe for expansion of the new sponsorship framework to other family visas and therefore the current arrangements for existing visas, including partner visas, will continue to operate from 17 April 2019.