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Online partner visa applications

At the Migration Institute of Australia conference in Canberra this week, I was told that partner visa applications would go online as early as this November. Apparently they will be using the same platform as for ENS/RSMS applications, which can be challenging at times. I am not sure where offshore applications will be processed, when applied for online; in Australia or at the local processing centre. There will be a transitional period where paper applications can still be made. Once paper applications are phased out, I imagine many offshore applicants in certain countries will require agents to lodge applications for them, unless they have access to fast internet, a good PC and a high quality scanner. Hopefully the new online system will have been tested properly, before it is implemented.

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WOW, that's huge news, Nick! Thanks for sharing it! I wonder what the capabilities are going to be as far as tracking the visa through the process... it'll be interesting to see how this shakes out, as well as what issues there are going to be with implementation.

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The current attitude seems to be all about streamlining the process and getting away from cumbersome, paper processes. The online partner visa system has been in the making for a while, so hopefully all the problems we experienced when online ENS/RSMS was introduced, have been sorted. I hope there will be good , and easy to access, IT support as well to deal with any issues that may arise. At the conference I also noticed a distinctly positive change in attitude by DIBP towards registered agents. I'm looking forward to an era of greater cooperation between the Department and the Migration Advice industry.

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That's great news as well!

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Now if we can only get them to entirely revamp their approach to disabilities... but I realize that's a legislative issue rather than a DIBP issue.

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I wonder how this is going to work out. When I went to do my medicals last month in Austria, the electronic health processing was still not working properly even though the immi websites tell you to use it.
The doctors said they need more time processing the health checks because of all the computer glitches. I hope the same will not be true for the new online application system.


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I wonder how this is going to work out. When I went to do my medicals last month in Austria, the electronic health processing was still not working properly even though the immi websites tell you to use it.
The doctors said they need more time processing the health checks because of all the computer glitches. I hope the same will not be true for the new online application system.
There are likely to be a lot of problems initially and you can expect a complete shut-down of the system before critical dates like 1 July . I'm not sure how long the paper applications can continue to be lodged, but I imagine it will be for quite some time. I am especially curious how offshore applications will be dealt with, given the significant differences in specific regional requirements, processing times and attitudes between the various offshore processing centres.

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Indeed I agree that it wonderful news! I have always wondered why IMMI dont have more of their stuff online. How nice would it be to have a VEVO application which notifies you when a change of your status happens!...

its 2013... come on DIAC!

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What Migrations Agents would like to have is some sort of online portal, where we can see and access all the applications we have in the system in one place. But I can't see anything like that happen in the near future. Everything else, including police certificates, health and skills assessments, is moving online at a fast rate though. The draw-back is that everything stops when the system fails or cannot be accessed for whatever reason.

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What Migrations Agents would like to have is some sort of online portal, where we can see and access all the applications we have in the system in one place. But I can't see anything like that happen in the near future. Everything else, including police certificates, health and skills assessments, is moving online at a fast rate though. The draw-back is that everything stops when the system fails or cannot be accessed for whatever reason.
That would be similar what the ATO have for tax agents. Maybe they can buy the software from the ATO.

I always thought would br great to have a logon after application is lodged and you can see where your application is at ie. If the medicals have come back.


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