The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“DIBP”) confirmed that some changes to Partner (subclasses 309/100 & 820/801) and Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa application arrangements with effective from 18 November 2017. The following measures have been implemented by the DIBP because of the high level of incomplete and undocumented applications lodged and are aimed at freeing Departmental resources to address the second stage processing backlog.
The below are some tips for submitting a valid application:
On or after 18 November 2017 the following changes will occur to Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa (“PMV”) application arrangements:
• Partner and PMV visas must be lodged online.
• Paper applications received after Close of Business on 17 November 2017 at any DIBP office, Service Delivery Partner, overseas embassy or High Commission will be invalid.
The following policy will be applied to applications lodged before and after 18 November 2017 and not finally decided:
For applications lodged prior to 18 November 2017, the DIBP will provide only ONE opportunity to submit additional information and/or documents or respond to a natural justice letter.
Priortise to process well documented and low risk applications
It is good to know that the DIBP has also indicated that it will prioritise well documented and low risk applications in 2017 – 2018.
Contact us if unsure
If you are unsure about how the new arrangement will affect you or if you want to have a peace of mind for your visa application. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.