April 17 - Partner Visa Changes
As of 17 April 2019 the old partner visa application process will no longer be accepted by the Department of Home Affairs, giving way to the new 2 stage partner processing system.
This means those who want to apply for a partner visa must:
- Apply for their eligible Australian partner - spouse to become a 'sponsor';
- Wait until the sponsor application is processed and approved;
- Apply for their partner visa.
The Department - in their explanitory memorandum - state the intention is to align Australians sponsoring overseas spouses and partners with Australian companys sponsoring temporary overseas skilled workers.