September 30, 2021
The Government has announced that it will implement later this year reforms to strengthen the partner visa programs later this year.
This is a new requirement added to partner visa, as previously English language requirement was not needed. The sponsor and the applicant will have to prove the functional level of English and have made reasonable efforts to learn English language.
Adult Migration English Program (AMEP) enables applicants the completion of 500 hours of free English language classes. The exception for this condition will apply to passport holders of English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada, UK, New Zealand, USA, and Ireland.
This means, that the Partner visa application will be split into two steps, requiring the sponsor to lodge their application first. Once approved, the Partner visa application can be lodged.
Under the existing framework, both the sponsor and visa applicant can lodge their applications at the same time. These changes will also including legal obligations on sponsors.
For partner applications lodged whilst visa applicant is in Australia, Immigration’s current processing is 23 – 30 months but with professional advice and assistance this timeframe could be reduced.
If you need help with your Partner Visa, contact E-Help Consultant, our migration team has the expertise to help with all aspects of your application.