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If you have an Australian partner you may be able to obtain a partner visa to Australia. Australian partner visas are normally a two-stage process.
The first step requires you to obtain a provisional visa, then you become eligible for the permanent stage of the visa two years after lodging the original application. There are some circumstances where you can proceed directly to the permanent visa and avoid the two-year provisional stage – these are:
1. You have been in a spouse (or de facto) relationship with your partner for at least three years at the time you apply for the initial partner visa, or
2. You have been in a spouse (or de facto) relationship with your partner for at least two years and you both have a child (or children) together at the time you apply for the initial partner visa.
Normally to meet the requirements for a partner visa you must be in a partner relationship with an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an ‘eligible’ New Zealand citizen. Your partner must be willing to sponsor you and your relationship will be tested on four main criteria:
In Australia, same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples (including same-sex marriage). But you don’t need to be married to apply for a partner visa.
If you are not married you must be able to prove that you’re are a genuine ‘de facto’ couple. This would normally (but not always) mean that you have lived together for at least 12 months prior to lodging the application.
Each relationship is different and the type of documents that are used to evidence the relationship will be very situation specific.
Whether or not you can easily obtain a visitor visa to Australia depends mostly on the country of your passport. Australia’s visa system categorises passports as low-risk or high-risk.
Whether or not a passport country is considered low risk is determined largely by historical data relating to visa overstayers and data on people who have breached their visa conditions in Australia. There are only 34 low-risk passport countries.
If you hold a low-risk passport you may be eligible for a fast processing visitor visa which in most cases is very simple to obtain. Normally these visas are granted for a period of 12 months, but allow no more than 3 months stay each entry.
If you do not hold a low-risk passport, or you have a complex situation (such as a criminal record), or if you would like to stay in Australia for longer than three months then the process becomes more complex. In these cases, you need to be able to demonstrate (with documentary evidence) that you:
In some cases having family in Australia to sponsor you can help obtain a visitor visa.
If you are the primary applicant you may need an English test for the TSS visa. Secondary applicants do not need to prove their English language ability. There are five different types of tests available for the TSS visa:
The scores you need will depend on the test being taken, and the ‘stream’ under which you are applying. In some cases, a test is not required. This is the case for holders of certain countries’ passports (UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland).
There are also exemptions available in some cases where the applicant has studied at a particular level for at least 5 years where all instruction was in English, or in some limited cases where the position being filled in an ‘intra-company transfer’.
If you are thinking of migrating to Australia but you do not have an employer to sponsor you there are certain visas you may be able to apply for under the General Skilled Migration program.
When applying for skilled migration you must demonstrate that you have the skills and qualifications necessary to work in an occupation on particular skilled occupations lists, and meet the ‘points test’. There are three skilled occupations lists:
Skilled visas are designed on points based system and you will need to pass by scoring a minimum number of points. Points are awarded based on a variety of factors such as your age, your level of English language ability, work and study history and various other factors.
Generally, to be eligible you would need to:
Skilled migration visas are complex and determining the best option is dependent on the particular circumstances in each individual case.
The Temporary Skills Shortage Visa, commonly referred to as the TSS visa (subclass 482), enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor for up to either 2 or 4 years per visa, depending on the occupation.
The first step to obtaining a TSS visa is to find an employer who is willing to sponsor you. Once you have located a suitable employer, there is a three-step process:
1. Your prospective employer must be or become an approved TSS visa sponsor with the Department of Home Affairs.
2. A nomination application must be lodged which details the position, salary and labour market testing details.
3. A visa application must then be lodged which meets requirements such as skill, English language, health, and character.
We offer full application support for your staff. Our immigration consultants can assist with visa pre-screening, applications, tracking and renewal, and cancellation services.
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We’ve been helping Australians and immigrants relocate for over 125 years. With the right combination of experience and resources, we’ll ensure your next move is seamless.
Our consular services have you covered in over 100 countries. From visa application assistance to issuance and delivery, our services provide you with extensive coverage for relocating.
Our relocation specialists can help you settle into your new suburb. They can book house inspections, interview schools, and provide you with a detailed suburb guide.
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