As various rules and regulations keep changing with time, the Australian Government has brought in a few changes in Partner Visa this time. The partner visa applicants in Australia have something to cheer about in 2020-21 as the Federal Budget has increased the number of places under this visa. Per the news, it has been increased from 47,000 to 72,300.
Furthermore, according to the sources, preference will be given to onshore applicants and whose sponsor presently lives in any of the designated area in Australia. All this will mean speedier processing of applications and less of waiting time.
However, there is another change that may not be considered as welcoming by the Partner Visa applicants. The new applicants along with their PR sponsors will need to demonstrate functional level of English, ending 2021.
Alternatively, they may prove that they tried to learn the language reasonably well, which could be done by completing 500 hours under the AME (Adult Migration English) Program.
For detailed information on how to go about different Partner Visa pathways in Australia, whether it is onshore, offshore or prospective marriage visa, please get in touch with us. Our Partner Visa experts will be able to assist you and your partner get the visa in the shortest time and best possible way.