Australian Partner Visa 2020 Changes & Catchup

There are still no massive or major changes for the Australian Partner Visa 2020. As a matter of fact, you can go check our 2019 partner visa changes videos if you haven’t.

What About the Sponsorship Changes?

There are still no new updates for the sponsorship changes. Is there a new timeline for the implementation? We don’t know yet. This is something that we can look forward to this 2020. 

The changes are in effect but not operational. We don’t have a clue when anything is going to come to light. It’s a good thing at the end of the day because it means that if you’re on plan to lodging a Partner Visa and you are doing it soon or you’re ready to do it soon, continue as usual. 

Other changes, everything’s kind of business as usual, which is amazing! It means we don’t have to worry, our clients don’t have to worry. Your plan is on track in terms of things that we expect. 

Australian Partner Visa 2020 Changes to Expect

If I looked into my magic ball, I would expect a visa application price increase. This happens every year and we can expect it around the 1st of July. It’s usually announced in advance, so keep your eyes peeled for that announcement.

The first half of 2019 introduced the increase on the partner visa cost. Which was around AUD7,100 that time to AUD7,715. Almost the price of a small home loan. We can expect a similar price increase this year.

If you’re someone who’s in a position to be lodging sooner and you’re procrastinating and you’re delaying, get onto it. Because these sponsorship changes will happen! And if you want to avoid any level of uncertainty, then get the show on the road.

We do support couples who DIY their applications, or if you want to hand it all over to us and let us deal with any unexpected changes, give us a call! 

More Australian Partner Visa Changes and Catch-up

Make sure that your forms are the latest versions before uploading them to your application. For example, if you filled out a form 80, double-check if it is the current one.

Online forms change. Immigration will update them as they go. There are no longer paper forms for you to fill in for the actual lodgement of the application. The form 47 SP, 40 SP, which were commonly changed around the beginning of the year or midway through the year, are the ones we have to look out for.

One of the most burning questions we have, are there any changes in the processing times? The Department of Home Affairs continues to promote on their site 17 months to 20 months processing time for offshore application and 22 months to 29 months for onshore applications.

What changes would you like to see this year? Comment them down below.

Need more help? Freedom Migration is happy to lend a helping hand. For more information visit our Partner Visa FAQ and Partner Visa Pathways. Need some advice? Contact us.  

Disclaimer: This does not constitute immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publishing.

About the Author Emma Drynan

I am the founder and principal migration agent at Freedom Migration. I am extremely passionate about uniting partners and families with their loved ones overseas. It might be because I’m the product of a partner visa family.

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