Would you like to help change the system?
One of the things I want to do is drive change so this never happens to anyone else, so below is a draft letter you can use if you want to join the fight to change our legislation. Not for my husband and me, as we have to battle the system as it is – but for all the couples yet to endure the system – let’s change it. One of these days it might be YOU in my shoes. That cute guy or gal you meet in Spain………. or Italy, or Canada or South Africa or Bali……..
Below is a draft letter you may like to use, or draft your own. If you are legal eagle who can recommend improvements, please do.
Snail mail addresses can be found at the link below.
If you are Australian – add your local MP if possible – contact details can be found here http://www.aph.gov.au/house/members/index.htm
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org – Minister for Immigration & Citizenship
CC: email@example.com – Parliamentary Secretary
firstname.lastname@example.org - Attorney General
email@example.com - Australian Human Rights Commission
I am extremely disappointed to learn Partner Visa application denials can be based on nothing more that a subjective assessment of the genuineness of a marriage or relationship.
I consider this approach to be a denial of Civil Rights enshrined under Articles 17 and 23 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). I am shocked that Australia would does not uphold the provisions of the ICCPR. I respectfully request that Australia introduce an amendment to the Immigration Act to ensure Partner Visas denials are based on substantiated facts only.