The Australian Federal Budget 2020-21 has brought some cheer for Partner Visa applicants. The Budget has increased the number of places under Partner Visa — to a total of 72,300 (from 47,000) in 2020-21. Further, the Budget has indicated that priority processing will go to applicants who are onshore. Also, authorities will assign priority processing to those applicants whose sponsor currently lives in any of Australia’s designated areas.
But, there’s some not-so-great news as well. Another change in Partner Visa as per the Budget is with regards to the English Language requirement. Late 2021 onwards, new applicants for Partner Visas and their Permanent Resident sponsors as well will have to demonstrate a functional level of English. Alternatively, they will have to prove that they tried reasonably well to learn English.
How do they accomplish this? One way is to complete 500 hours of free English Language classes under the Adult Migration English Program (AMEP). Recently, the Australian government removed limitations on access to free English classes by migrations under AMEP – making it possible for them to attend classes for as many hours as required to attain vocational English.
By when do partner visa Australia applicants need to meet the English requirements? The government expects applicants to meet these requirements before they are granted a permanent visa. Usually, provisional partner visas have a period of two years before the final assessment. Applicants can brush up their English skills during this time.
The government encourages applicants to work on their English language skills to improve their participation in the economy, and jobs, and also to reduce their vulnerability to domestic violence, workplace abuse.
With the latest updates out of the way, let’s now discuss in greater detail about the types of
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Being in a relationship with an Australia citizen, PR, or an eligible NZ citizen is not enough to get you a Partner Visa grant. You need to be able to prove it to the authorities with robust and irrefutable evidence.
Applicants need to be able to create a logical, coherent, and genuine timeline of their relationship, highlighting key life events. Documents, bills, bank statements etc. assume importance as official proof. Further, since a relationship is ongoing, the documents should keep updating till the time Visa is granted.
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