Changes to Partner Visa requirements
In 2020, the Department of Home Affairs announced several changes to be made to Partner Visa requirements. These are to be introduced at the end of 2021.
Australian permanent resident sponsors and visa applicants will soon need to demonstrate a functional English level, or that they have completed a certain number of English classes, prior to the grant of permanent residency.
Sponsors will also soon need to lodge their sponsorship applications first. The Sponsorship will need to be approved before the visa applicant can lodge their application. This will impact visa applicants who may need to apply before the expiry of their existing visa as they will now need to wait for Sponsorship approval.
We wish to emphasise that while we expect these changes to be introduced next month, they will not impact applications submitted before then. Therefore, we would strongly advise that anyone hoping to lodge a partner visa application do so as soon as possible.
If you have friends or family looking at applying for a partner visa, we recommend that they speak with our office as soon as possible before the changes are implemented.