Partner Visa Changes – 18 November 2017

On and after 18 November 2017, the following changes will take place affecting current Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications:

  • All Partner and PMV applications must be lodged online. There will no longer be any provisions for the submission of paper-based applications. Lodging a paper application after the above date will result in an invalid application being sent to the applicant and/or their registered migration agent.
  • Paper applications received after 17 November 2017 at any office of the Department of Immigration in Australia or around the globe will be considered invalid. Legally, your Australian visa application can’t be accepted after this date.
  • Poorly documented applications may be refused without notice and without requests for further information.
  • Where natural justice letters have been sent, no follow-up or subsequent reminders will be sent. Your application can be refused without any further notice to the applicant.
  • For applications lodged prior to 18 November 2017, the Department of Immigration will provide only one opportunity to submit additional information and/or documents or respond to a natural justice letter.
  • The measures above are being implemented due to the high level of incomplete or inadequate visa applications that are delaying processing time. The Australian government is aiming to free departmental resources to address the processing backlog to improve current processing times. 
  • The Department of Immigration has also confirmed it will prioritise well documented and low-risk applications in 2017-2018. 

Given the recent changes to the internal operations of the Department, it is now more important than ever to use the services of a highly experienced migration agent who can help you navigate the constantly evolving procedural requirements.