Migration Agents can help you obtain priority processing for your Australian Partner visa

The Director of Onshore Partner Migration, Wendy Davenport, has written to the Migration Institute of Australiato inform members about current changes to onshore Partner processing leading up to the end of the program year.

The following changes, effective immediately, could help you bypass the 16-23 month processing time for your Partner visa:

  • processing no longer by month of lodgement
  • priority to be given to low-risk, fully front-end loaded applications that immediately satisfy Partner criteria

Processing time for a Partner visa is now between 16 – 23 months from the date of lodgement.

The Department of Immigration will now give priority to low risk applicants and those regarded by DIBP as ‘decision ready’ with all documentation and submissions that immediately satisfy Partner visa criteria.

This will result in the Department’s usual chronological method of assessing applicants by month of lodgement.

Get ahead of the queue by using a highly experienced migration agent!

Don’t take our word for it, a copy of the letter sent to the MIA is below –



The changes to the processing arrangements do not guarantee that you will receive priority consideration. Your application will need to be decision-ready, which means that all legal and policy requirements must be satisfied when you apply.

That is, your case officer will not have to contact you to request further information or clarification on your submission. If this happens, your application will find its way back to the 23-month queue. The best way to avoid this undesired outcome is to contact a highly experienced migration agent for assistance with your Partner visa application.