New sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications

The Australian government take the safety and security of visa applicants very seriously. To help keep visa applicants safe, new requirements have been introduced for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas. From 18 November 2016, sponsors of these visa applications will need to: • provide Australian and/or foreign police checks when requested • consent to us…

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Govt to cash in on visas for foreign love

The Abbott government will increase the visa applications charges for partner visas by 50 per cent, raising $373.6 million for the budget repair job. The cost of a foreign affair is set to increase by several thousand dollars. Australians who fall in love with or marry a foreigner will have to pay 50 per cent…

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Civil Unions get a reprieve in Queensland

Premier Campbell Newman says Queensland’s same-sex civil unions laws will not be completely repealed, but will be amended to bring the legislation into line with other states. Under the proposed changes, same-sex couples would still be able to register their relationship with the government, but would no longer be able to have a state-sanctioned declaration…

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Partner visa versus Prospective Marriage (fiancé) visa

Clients often ask what the best partner visa to apply for is, and the only starting point can be the background of the parties and the relationship circumstances. Human beings are eternally optimistic and when dealing in matters of the heart often rationality and logic are the first casualties.  All sponsored partner visas -to a…

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Partner visas – De facto relationships – civil unions

In March of 2012 Queensland joined a number of other states (including Victoria, NSW, Tas, ACT and the NT) which now recognise civil unions or partnerships (including same-sex) for general purposes. The Migration Act (and recently amended Regulations) now recognises de facto relationships registered under the new Queensland legislation – Civil Partnerships Act 2011 (Qld)…

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