Visa update: Travel to Australia made faster

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Department of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has expressed his focus on fast-tracking the processing of certain visas that can either earn revenue to the country or support the union of Australian citizens and their foreign partners. Early in December 2013, there was an update regarding this focus: the partner visa to Australia and the Significant Investor visa can be processed faster starting 9 December 2013. Here are the other details of this development:

Faster, easier travel to Australia

Applicants for partner visas can now lodge their visa application online, which reduces handling time and allows visas to be processed faster. Applicants are advised to have a representative migration agent from National Visas to represent them for their application to reduce the risk of visa refusal.

The partner visa is applicable for a betrothed Australian citizen and foreign partner. It is also applicable for married couples as well as for de facto partners (including those in a same-sex relationship). Generally, this visa starts with a Temporary Partner visa, then progresses to a Permanent Partner visa after two years once the genuineness of the relationship—among other factors—has been ensured.

This improvement in the process of receiving applications for partner visas means that the time to wait for an approval may be shortened.

Another advantage to using a representative migration agent is that a representative can professionally manage all post-lodgement processes and communications on one’s behalf.

Migration for wealthy foreigners

Also receiving an update on processing time is the Significant Investor visa, which is intended for wealthy foreigners who want to migrate to Australia and, for example, may not satisfy the requirements for other Australian visa avenues.

Minister Morrison said that the nine-month average waiting time for this visa will be reduced under the Abbott administration, since the migration of investors who are required to invest with a AU$5M start-up will provide revenue for the government.

Currently, there are about 400 applications for this visa, and if all these visas could be granted, the Australian government would earn an estimated AU$2B.

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