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Partner Visa

Australian Partner Visa fee increases AGAIN

I cannot believe the Immigration Department raising the fees for Partner Visas AGAIN! Early last year I wrote an investigative series on the high price of love. Back then the on shore application fee was $4,575. Now the fee is $6,865. That is just for the partner, no application related costs or even children! The […]

Economies of scale or a deterrence measure?

I am definitely late to the party on this one but I have an excuse – the Abbott government are providing so much chaff to munch on, I’m overindulging. Yesterday I was alerted to an already three day old article by Michael Safi in The Guardian. Essentially Michael’s article concentrates on changes to the Refugee […]

Are decision makers adequately resourced?

In earlier articles I looked at the fee structure, international obligations and the growing pipeline of Partner Visa applications. Today I ask questions about the decision makers themselves. As the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) do not respond to questions from other than working journalists, my questions have not been answered. Consequently I […]

What price justice for love

There is a group of Australians struggling for justice that are ignored by the rest of the population. As a member of that group myself, I pay attention to developments in the field. Sadly, apart from myself, this group suffers in silence. These people suffer in silence out of fear. If you, a fellow Australian, […]

Statement of History of Relationship Partner Visa 309/100

Recently I asked a regular reader of this website what else she would like to see me write about as she expressed how helpful she had found other articles I had written. She responded, on Why do I do this?: In my humble opinion, I think the Statutory Declarations and Relationship Statements would be good. […]

Partner (Spouse) Visa Applications and certified copies

I have written several articles about Partner (Spouse) Visa applications in the past, yet not once have I explained “certified copies”.   In speaking to several people lately who are submitting Partner Visa applications I have realised the concept of certified copies of documents is a mystery to many people. Just photocopying your birth certificate, marriage certificate […]

Statutory Declaration by a Supporting Witness Form 888 Partner Visa

Form 888 is the form completed by people willing to be supporting witnesses to a partner class visa application.  If you are looking for information about the Statement of History of Relationship, refer to Statement of History of Relationship Partner Visa 309/100. I see many, many search terms reach this site looking for what to […]

Is the law an ass?

Charles Dickens must have felt there was some truth to the thought, as the character of Mr Bumble expresses this sentiment in Oliver Twist. I have been trying to find a way to seek restitution from the Government for the financial, emotional and physical costs incurred during our journey.  It seems that should I be […]

Do you need representation for a Partner Visa?

On Partner/Spouse Visa Denied? I don’t specifically recommend representation by a migration agent or lawyer for either an initial visa application or an MRT appeal.  Each couple must make their own decision.  These are my personal thoughts on this question.  I re-iterate my statement from Applying for a partner visa?: I am NOT a migration agent.  Anything I say […]