Examining the Partner Visa: How to Register a Relationship

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Applying for a partner visa can be a tricky process for those unfamiliar with Australian immigration policy and the legal requirements. There are a number of ways that you can be eligible to apply for a partner visa, and one of them is to register your relationship in Australia. A registered relationship is one that has been registered under either Australia state or a territory law. This also includes civil partnership schemes. Let’s take a closer look at registering a relationship and some of the complexities involved.

The States that Recognise a Registered Relationship

The states that currently recognise registered relationships are New South Wales (NSW), The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland (QLD), Tasmania and Victoria. Registering a relationship in Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia is not possible. As a Western Australian company, 888 Migration focuses primarily on WA migration issues, but as an example of what to expect, here are the registration relationship requirements for New South Wales.

New South Wales (NSW)

To register a relationship in NSW, the following requirements need to be met:

    • Both partners should be unmarried.
    • Both partners should be no less than 18 years old.
    • One of the applicants must be a resident in NSW, but the other applicant can be located overseas.
    • Both should not be related by family.
    • Both partners should not be in another relationship or another registered relationship.
    • Both partners should make a statutory declaration that states all of the facts previously listed.
    • The completed application must be posted by mail or taken to the office in person.
    • The certified identification for each applicant must be included along with the payment for the fee.

As you can see, many of the requirements that need to be met are common sense rules that one would expect. These requirements are a fair indication of the kinds of requirements that would need to be met, in the states that actually do allow the registration of relationships. However, the specific requirements do differ from state to state, so it’s important to do some additional research about what is required in your state before you proceed to avoid wasting time and fees.

If you want to apply for an Australian partner visa, contact us here at 888 Migration. We are experts in all kinds of visa applications, including spouse visas. All of our migrations agents are licensed to work on your behalf to ensure that your application has the best chance of success. Our team is anticipating discussing your needs with you in greater detail, and they can answer any other questions that you have.

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Advice From Migration Agents: Australia Citizenship Changes for Kiwis

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July has brought a number of changes to migration laws and regulations and professional migration agents appreciate that this has lead to a great deal of confusion. One particular area that has been affected is citizenship and permanent residence for New Zealanders. The Subclass 189 new visa for the New Zealand Stream came into effect from the 1st July 2017 and here are some details about what you need to know.

Criteria:

As with any visa, there is qualification criteria, and you may need help from migration agents. Australia 189 visarequirements are fairly specific, but it is always a good idea to seek professional advice. The basic criteria for this visa includes;
Applicants need to be normally resident in Australia and in the country on or before February 2016. You must have been resident for a minimum of five years before lodging your application.
As a primary applicant, you must hold a 444 Visa and have earned a minimum of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) for five years before lodgement unless you are exempt. Secondary applicants and any dependents can hold any type of visa or an A, B or C Bridging Visa.
Unlike many other types of visa, the 189 has no age limits, but you may need to comply with other character and health requirements.

Benefits:

The 189 visa allows for primary applicants to include dependents on their application. There are fees and charges associated with lodging an application that will increase if secondary applicants or dependents are included. However, if you are granted an 189 visa, you will become a permanent resident of Australia and enjoy all of the advantages of residency. This includes work or study in Australia, enrollment in Medicare and the ability to sponsor any eligible relatives for their own permanent residence.
Additionally, unlike many of the citizenship changes affecting other holders of permanent resident visas, the citizenship requirements for 189 subclass visas will be just one year of permanent residence only.

Lodging an Application:

The 189 subclass visa is now open for applications. The visa was launched from 1st July 2017 and immediately available to applicants. While the application process may appear straightforward, it is a good idea to consult professional migration agents. This can help you to avoid delays in your application and minimise the risk of your application being denied.

If you are considering an 189 or other visa and need assistance from migration agents, Australia applicants should contact us. We are reputable migration agents, you can rely on to help you through the visa application process. Our agents are also available to answer any queries you may have about this or any other visa application.

Need Professional Help With The Application Process?

The Visa application process is difficult. It is common for self-prepared applications to get rejected. We know how important it is that your application is approved and we are here to make sure that it does.

If you would like to have your application managed by experts who can get you the best outcome, then call 888 Migration Services and talk with us about how we can help.

 

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The 820 Visa and the Start of Your Partner Visa Journey

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There are lots of options for partner or de facto visas, including the subclass 820 visa. This visa and its offshore variant the 309 visa is the provisional partner visa, which is typically used before applying for the permanent visa options. This visa is open to heterosexual and same sex applicants for those with an Australian citizen or permanent resident partner. So, here we will explore this issue a little further, so you can have all the details you need to make an informed decision.

The 309/820 Visa:

These are provisional visas, which can be held until they have been superseded by a permanent partner visa. You can lodge a SC820 visa while in Australia, but for those living outside of Australia, an application can be made using a SC309 visa. Both these visas are conditional that you are continuing to living in your de facto relationship with your spouse or de facto partner.

Permanent Partner Visa Options:

After you have been granted a subclass 820 visa, you may wish to explore your permanent partner visa options. After approximately two years from the date of your 820 visa application, you will be advised by the Dept of Immigration and Border Protection that you may make your application. Applicants are assessed against the permanent partner visa criteria. In order to qualify, you will need to prove that you are still living in a genuine committed and exclusive relationship. If the Department is satisfied that you meet the criteria, holders of an 820 visa are granted an 801 permanent visa. In the case of 309 holders, they will be granted a 100 subclass visa.
Once you have been granted a permanent visa, you will have unconditional residency in Australia and will have the rights to live in Australia indefinitely, even if your relationship with your de facto partner or spouse later ends.

The Criteria for Provisional Partner Visas:

As with any type of visa, there is certain criteria you will need to satisfy in order to qualify for provisional partner visas.
Married couples need to demonstrate that their marriage is legal and valid under Australian law. Polygamous, same sex and underage marriages are not legally recognised in Australia. Your marriage needs to be ongoing and genuine, you should not be closely related to your spouse.
De facto applicants need to have been in a relationship for a minimum of twelve months before lodging an application or six months if the relationship has been registered and be over the age of eighteen The time spent dating will not count towards the de facto relationship. .
For both married and defacto applicants it is still a requirement that they be able to prove that their relationship is genuine, committed and exclusive through an evidence portfolio of financial transactions, social contact, living arrangements and witnessed affidavits.

If you are considering an 820 visa, you should speak to a member of the 888 Migration team. We would be delighted to help guide you through the 820 visa application process and address any of your queries.

Need Professional Help With The Application Process?

The Visa application process is difficult. It is common for self-prepared applications to get rejected. We know how important it is that your application is approved and we are here to make sure that it does.

If you would like to have your application managed by experts who can get you the best outcome, then call 888 Migration Services and talk with us about how we can help.

 

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Applying for an 820 Visa? Australia Based Applicants Read This First

When you apply for an 820 partner visa, it’s important to understand that it can take a long time to process. Typically, one can expect a processing time of 16 – 20 months, and you need to understand work rights for this period. Here, we can answer some of the most common questions asked by our visa applicants.

Can I Apply for a Work Rights Waiver?

 

If you have work restrictions on your visa and you want to lift them, you will need a work rights visa. You will need to lodge the appropriate paperwork with immigration authorities; this can only be done if you’re applying for a work rights waiver after you’ve lodged another visa. It usually takes two or three weeks to have a work rights waiver approved. Until the visa is approved, you must continue to meet the conditions of your current visa.

Can I Get a Bridging Visa?

If you lodge your partner visa, whilst you’re out of the country, you may want to get a bridging visa so that you can be with your partner when you return to Australia. However, a bridging visa can only be associated with an application that is made when you are here in Australia. The bridging visa is supposed to act as a temporary visa, between the one currently held and the visa you’re applying for. It is used for the duration of the decision making process on the visa that you’ve applied for. If you’re outside the country and you lodge a 309 partner visa, you can only enter Australia when the visa has been granted. If you want to enter the country before the 309 visa is granted, you will need to meet the requirements of a different visa type, such as an employer sponsored visa or a visitor visa.

When Does the Bridging Visa Start?

Many people believe that lodging a partner visa starts the bridging visa. This is incorrect, an 820 partner visa has the Bridging Visa A (BVA), it’s issued when your 820 partner visa is acknowledged, but it doesn’t begin until your current visa has expired. As an example: If you held a visitor visa that expires in six weeks, your BVA would start in six weeks and one day.

If you’re going to apply for a partner temporary visa subclass 820, contact us here at 888 Migration. Our team members are experts in all aspects of immigration law and procedures, including those relating to visa subclass 820. All of our migration agents are MARA registered and trained to work on your behalf to secure your visa within Australian immigration law. Our team is standing by to take your call, and we look forward to discussing your needs in greater detail.

Need Professional Help With The Application Process?

The Visa application process is difficult. It is common for self-prepared applications to get rejected. We know how important it is that your application is approved and we are here to make sure that it does.

If you would like to have your application managed by experts who can get you the best outcome, then call 888 Migration Services and talk with us about how we can help.

 

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