Changes for Partner and Family Visa Australia Will Be Implemented In Early 2021
COVID-19 Update: Changes for Australian Partner and Family Visa Application
Australian Government has been working hard in the recent months to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on Australian Partner and Family visa holders and applicants, including allowing visa holders to stay longer in Australia with a number of changes available or allowing them to continue their visa pathway when they cannot travel out of Australia due to the international borders closure.
On 30th of November 2020, Australian Government announced temporary changes will be implemented for partner and family visa applicants.
As the visa applicant, you must be wondering, what are the partner visa and family visa changes? Is it for a temporary change? And how does it affect you? Let’s check this out!
What Is Australian Partner And Family Visa Application?
Partner visa is intended for you who are partners or spouses of Australian citizens or Permanent Residents to live in Australia, while other family visas are intended for parents, children, or other family members of Australian citizens or Permanent Residents to live in Australia.
Partner and family visas have many subclasses. There are onshore and offshore applications with differences in the eligibility criteria and requirements.
For example, if you are engaged and would like to get married in Australia, you may consider applying for the Prospective Marriage Visa, or if you are a PR and you would like your son to move to Australia and apply for Permanent Residency for him, you may consider applying for a child visa.
It all depends on each person’s circumstances. Are you one of them who has applied for a visa and is affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions? Which subclass have you applied for? Is it an offshore application and you are currently onshore? If yes, here is good news for you!
COVID-19 Makes Offshore Applicants Who Are Currently Onshore, Difficult To Travel Out Of Australia For Visas To Be Granted
As per the regulations, if you are applying for the visa onshore, you have to be in Australia at the time the Department gives you the decision. This is vice versa for offshore applications.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the offshore applicants would need to have a valid visa and positive outcome of the travel exemption in order to enter Australia.
Therefore, it would be difficult for the visa applicant to see their loved ones.