Wendy Davenport, Director of Onshore Partner Migration for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recently wrote to the Migration Alliance last month to inform of the Department’s plans to begin priority processing.
Partner visas are currently taking the Government between 16-23 months from the date of lodgement (for subclass 820 partner visas) and from the date of eligibility (for subclass 801 partner visas), however, Ms Davenport’s letter explains that the Department will be prioritising applications that immediately satisfy the visa requirements.
What this means for you
Usually, the Department assess partner visa applications chronologically by month of lodgement, however, with the new priority processing arrangements, some applicants may receive decisions ahead of others who lodged a few months prior.
An experienced migration agent can work with you to put forward a strong case for migration on your behalf to the Department. Putting forward a strong partner visa case is important when seeking to be considered for priority processing by the Department.
Current visa processing times can be accessed at any time online via this link to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
If you are interested in your partner visa options, we encourage you to contact Interstaff for a visa assessment.
Source: Migration Alliance