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This is partly motivated by the anxiety and stress I'm feeling as my wife and I wait for our 820, but also by an interest in the discussion! So, folks who've gone through the process of getting any kind of visa, are going through the process, migration agents, do you think that the way visas are assessed is fair? Do you think that the case for each visa, no matter the kind, is assessed with genuine willingness to be convinced of it's merit? This is the government we're talking about, the soulless embodiment of a checklist, where minor mistakes cannot be interpreted and are grounds for rejection of whatever application you're submitting; but in the case of visas it's also made of humans who are reading and examining things, and who hopefully want the best for people who are trying their best.

That being said, I read a while ago that the rejection rate for partner visas is close to 50%, yet I doubt that half of all visa applicants are illegitimate, which means that somewhere in there, genuine people with real relationships are being denied. What do you think causes this? People who submit their applications with no more than a few photos and a lease? People who just don't meet the criteria, i.e. people who have no evidence they've ever lived together or shared assets, and can't explain why? Or is the system just unfair, and people who submit leases and bank statements and photos and Form 888's and explanations are denied because they made a small error, or some minor details don't line up?

What do you think?
 

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Hi when did you submit your application? I submitted mine on November 19th, 2019 got approved Jan 4th, 2022. Maybe the yellow flag, press everything uploaded once you've submitted all requests they asked for.
Congratulations! What an awesome new years gift. We submitted ours at around the same time, but I expect ours will be a bit behind yours; our inital submission had way too little evidence attached, and it wasn't until some time last year that we got a request for more info and got a decent amount of evidence together. I'm not sure what yellow flag you're talking about though?
 

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'Fair' is not defined in the legislation. To those refused visas add those who simply gave up part way.
Oh yeah, I understand that. I was more just curious if people felt like the process was actually fair, and generally had peoples best interests at heart! That's a good point though, those numbers are most likely not really all that representative of how many actually get rejected for real reasons.
 

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The more recent rejection rate is nearer 10%, not 50%.

I've also seen these figures of Partner visa rejection rates:
  • 53.8% in 2015-16 and 47% in 2016-17.
But 2017-18 was much lower, with 5.49% of Partner and PMV applications being refused, when submitted by a migration agent, but only 3.39% were refused when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent. (Migration agents often handle the more complex cases.)


More recent rates are nearer 10%.

In 2018-19, the refusal rate for the Subclass 820 visa was 7.19%

In 2019-20, the refusal rate was 4.84%

Huh, that's fascinating. I wonder why it was so high in 2016-2017? Regardless, it certainly makes a strong argument that the process is indeed fair.
 
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