Child and Partner Visa applicants in Australia will be pleased to know temporary immigration changes will make it easier to stay in the country with their families.
Applicants for the below Child and Partner Visas who are in Australia will soon be able to remain in the country while their visa is being granted.
- Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa
- Subclass 309 Partner Visa
- Subclass 101 Child Visa
- Subclass 102 Adoption Visa
- Subclass 445 Dependent Child Visa
Currently, migration legislation for these visas require applicants to:
a.) Apply for the visa from offshore
b.) Be offshore at the time of the visa grant
Applicants for the above visas who are in Australia would usually have to leave the country to have their visa granted. With limited flights available during the pandemic and the need to quarantine upon return, satisfying this offshore visa grant requirement can be a very expensive and risky exercise.
Child and Partner Visa Applicants in Australia
The Department of Home Affairs has announced that a temporary concession for the offshore visa grant requirement will be available from early 2021 to the above Child and Partner visa applicants in Australia and who cannot travel due to border closures.
The temporary change will help thousands of Child and Partner and Visa applicants in Australia, who will soon be able to progress their visa without the health and financial risks of leaving the country during the pandemic.
It also indicates the Government is continuing its focus on facilitating partner and family reunion – particularly for visa applicants currently onshore.
This financial year, placements for Partner Visas have increased to 72,300 people, which comprises the bulk of the 77,300 placements in the Family Stream.
We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
Interstaff | Migration to Australia in the COVID-19 Era
We hope these updates are helpful for Child and Partner Visa applicants in Australia. You may also be interested in our other Australian immigration articles:
Part 1: Federal Budget Insights: The Future of Australia’s Migration Program
Part 2: Critical Work and Compassionate Travel | Migration in the COVID-19 Era
Part 3: Sponsoring Highly Skilled Migrants | The Global Talent Program
Other Insights | COVID-19 Vaccination and International Travel
If you have any queries about your visa circumstances or options, we encourage you to get in touch with Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents.