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Is this what has been deferred until 2018?

Just over 6 months later and the Department of Immigration are once again changing conditions of the Partner Migration process. These changes will mean that from the 1st of July 2017, applicants must endure a similar sponsorship approval process as 457 Visa applicants, requiring ALL sponsors to provide a detailed immigration history, character record and attain police clearance certificates, before applications can be lodged. This will allow the Department to refuse sponsorships based on a criminal history or failure to comply with certain undertakings, in the future.

This will impact applicants looking at lodging Partner visa applications onshore, particularly onshore subclass 820/801 Visa cases, where a visa will soon expire and timing is critical.

The Department advises that they intend to process sponsorship applications 'within 3 weeks' unless there are sponsorship or character issues of concern. However, given the current extended processing delays by the Department, processing may take more time than the Department envisages.

If you are considering applying for an Australian Partner (subclass 820/801 or 309/100) or Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, we highly recommend that you lodge your application prior to 1 July 2017 in order to avoid these legislative changes.
 

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It is not the current policy, no. Deferred? More like they are trying to implement.

Don't trust migration websites too much to have the most updated info. Some still have up articles saying the WHV age will be raised from "not yet turned 31" to 35 beginning January 2017 but that never happened either.
 

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I saw this on a Migrantion Agent site...
Is this what has been deferred until 2018?

Just over 6 months later and the Department of Immigration are once again changing conditions of the Partner Migration process. These changes will mean that from the 1st of July 2017, applicants must endure a similar sponsorship approval process as 457 Visa applicants, requiring ALL sponsors to provide a detailed immigration history, character record and attain police clearance certificates, before applications can be lodged. This will allow the Department to refuse sponsorships based on a criminal history or failure to comply with certain undertakings, in the future.

This will impact applicants looking at lodging Partner visa applications onshore, particularly onshore subclass 820/801 Visa cases, where a visa will soon expire and timing is critical.

The Department advises that they intend to process sponsorship applications 'within 3 weeks' unless there are sponsorship or character issues of concern. However, given the current extended processing delays by the Department, processing may take more time than the Department envisages.

If you are considering applying for an Australian Partner (subclass 820/801 or 309/100) or Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, we highly recommend that you lodge your application prior to 1 July 2017 in order to avoid these legislative changes.
Yes it's been deferred. It's still with the Senate but they won't consider it until 2018 now.

It's the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016.

However the thing with DIBP is often if they can't change the legislation they just amend the rules, negating the requirement to pass it through Parliament. Hopefully they won't be able to do that in this case.
 

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It's the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016.
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Just where you would put something to reduce onshore applications!

Family Violence is the flavour of the times - they expected it to be passed with flying colours - but will the sponsors of offshore and PMV be included?
 

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It's the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016.
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Just where you would put something to reduce onshore applications!

Family Violence is the flavour of the times - they expected it to be passed with flying colours - but will the sponsors of offshore and PMV be included?
Who knows all the important detail is always outside of the legislation :eek: (so they can change it with ease!!) :mad:
 

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It is not the current policy, no. Deferred? More like they are trying to implement.

Don't trust migration websites too much to have the most updated info. Some still have up articles saying the WHV age will be raised from "not yet turned 31" to 35 beginning January 2017 but that never happened either.
Total semantics but the age did change Sky it's just not usable as the minister hasn't put in place the legislative instrument. So irrelevant to the layman.

417.211 -

(2) The applicant:

(a) holds a working holiday eligible passport of the kind, or of one of the kinds, specified in a legislative instrument made by the Minister for the purposes of this subclause; and

(b) is aged at least 18 and no more than:

(i) 35; or

(ii) if a younger age is specified in the instrument mentioned in paragraph (a) for the kind of passport the applicant holds--that younger age.
 
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