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Parliament now under consideration of tightening scrutiny of partner visa sponsors with history of domestic violence

13 April 2016

Presently, there is little scrutiny towards partner visa’s sponsors and character checks are required when and only when a minor is included in the application. The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill, introduced in the March parliamentary sitting, is now seeking to offer more protection to applicants and screen Australians with a history of family or domestic violence from sponsoring a partner visa. In summary, the Bill aims to implement the following:

  • Require a separate sponsorship assessment process;
  • Require sponsorship approval before a visa application is lodged;
  • Impose statutory obligations with real consequences on approved sponsors; and
  • Improve the management of family violence in the delivery of the program by allowing the refusal, cancellation, or barring of a sponsorship application where inappropriate use of the program is detected.

According to a report on the ABC, Department of Immigration statistics show several hundred people on partner visas seek help for domestic violence issues, but it does not keep statistics on people on other visas.

If you are a victim of domestic violence while on the partner visa, you have the right to proceed to the permanent residency. Give us a call on +61 3 9078 6819 or email us on team@thinkvisa.com.au to discuss your visa options, or visit our website on www.thinkvisa.com.au.

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