The Australia Immigration Department has done several changes to The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measure) Bill 2016.
The Australia Partner Sponsorship Program proposed changes are awaiting royal assent and once it is passed into law it will introduce new set of spousal visa regulations.
The Australia Sponsors will now be required to take prior approval from the Department of Immigration before applying for Australia Partner or family visa application. According to the immigration department, the main motive of this bill is to bring the sponsorship framework for the Australia family Sponsorship program.
The following changes are expected to take place once the bill is approved:
The Minister of Immigration, David Coleman will also have the right to refuse sponsorship applications or even ban family sponsors where applicable. The refusals can be made if there is misuse of the program or serious criminal offences are committed and found by the department.
The Australia Partner Visa processing time may increase because of the additional requirement of getting approval of the sponsor before filing a visa application. The additional time delay may even make it difficult for some applicants to successfully lodge their application before their current visa expires.