The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has released information after receiving advice from the Department of Home Affairs.
The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016, passed by Parliament on 28 November 2018, will provide a framework to separate sponsorship assessments from visa application assessments for Family visas.
The separate sponsorship framework will first be implemented in the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa which will be open for sponsorship applications from 17 April 2019.
Further regulation and system changes are required for the new framework to apply to other visas. At this stage, there is no timeframe for expansion of the new sponsorship framework to other family visas and therefore the current arrangements for existing visas, including partner visas, will continue to operate from 17 April 2019.
Therefore, at this stage partner visa sponsorship arrangements will not change on 17 April 2019.
Please contact Nevett Ford Lawyers Melbourne to speak to one of our immigration law team members.
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