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PARTNER VISA


Unfortunately for many couples who wish to make Australia their home, the partner visa process can be challenging and can often end with heartbreak.

 

Ten Heads Immigration, however, makes it their business to unite two people who wish to spend their lives together in Australia. 

If you are in a - de facto* relationship or married to an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen - you are eligible to apply for a Partner Visa application. You need to be sponsored for the visa - by your Partner 

 

A Partner visa application is an application for both temporary and permanent Partner visa. The temporary visa is granted first**. And once you complete 2 years from the date of Partner Visa applications, you will be eligible for the grant of the permanent visa.

 

If you are onshore i.e. in Australia, then you need to apply:

  • Subclass 820 Visa (temporary)

  • Subclass 801 Visa (permanent)

 

If you are offshore i.e. outside Australia, then you need to apply:

  • Subclass 309 Visa (temporary)

  • Subclass 100 Visa (permanent)

 

The documentary requirement for a Partner visa is very exhaustive. Apart from the basic mandatory documents, you need to submit documents to prove:

  1. Financial aspect of the relationship

  2. Social aspect of the relationship

  3. Nature of the household

  4. Nature of the commitment

SO, WHICH PARTNER VISA TYPE APPLIES  BEST TO YOUR SITUATION? 

 

That's where Ten Heads can Immigration can help with their expert advice

Couples who choose to do it alone tend to experience refusal because the above documents are often provided incorrectly. Partner visa process is complex and stressful for most couples.

 

We have proven expertise in handling Partner visa applications and getting the desired outcomes for our clients.

 

You can book a 20-minute - a complimentary consultation with our 'Registered Migration Agent' to discuss your case.

 

*De facto relationship to apply for a Partner Visa application should be at least 12-months old. If the relationship is not 12 months old, then there are very specific waiver provisions for the 12-month rule in the Migration policy. 

**If you are in a long-term relationship (there are other provisions as well) - you may be eligible for the grant of the Partner Permanent Visa - straight away. Talk to us!

You can book a 20-minute - complimentary Zoom consultation with our 'Registered Migration Agent' to discuss your case.

SKILLED VISA

Skilled visas are a set of temporary and permanent visas. As the name suggests, if your skills are required in Australia, you may be eligible to apply for these visas.

 

Subclass 189 - Skilled Independent Visa

This visa is a permanent visa and can be applied once you receive an invitation to apply for the visa from the Department of Home Affairs, Australia. Invitation rounds are conducted every month by the Department. It is a points-tested visa and points are claimed according to a few factors: Age, Qualifications, Experience, Level of English, etc.

 

This is the most competitive visa as applicants from all over the world apply for Australian Permanent Residency through this visa. 

 

Subclass 190 - Skilled Nominated Visa

This visa is a permanent visa and can be applied once a state nominates you for the visa. There are 6 states and 2 territories that can nominate you for this visa.

 

These states and territories are:

 

  • New South Wales

  • Victoria

  • Queensland

  • South Australia

  • Tasmania

  • Western Australia

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

  • Northern Territory

 

All of the states and territories have their own criteria for nomination. Moreover, the criteria can change anytime throughout the financial year depending on the economic and employment needs of the state.

 

Subclass 491 - Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)

This visa is a temporary visa and is granted for 5 years. This visa can be applied once a state nominates you for the visa. Like above, there are 6 states and 2 territories that can nominate you for this visa. These states and territories are:

  • New South Wales

  • Victoria

  • Queensland

  • South Australia

  • Tasmania

  • Western Australia

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

  • Northern Territory

 

All of the states and territories have their own criteria for nomination. Moreover, the criteria can change anytime throughout the financial year depending on the economic and employment needs of the state.

 

There is a pathway to apply for Permanent Residency through the Subclass 191 Visa.

 

Subclass 191 visa

If you hold a Subclass 491 or Subclass 494, then you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through Subclass 191. The basic requirements to fulfil are:

  • Working for 3 years in designated regional area on Subclass 491. Your minimum taxable income should be at least $53,900.

  • Living in designated regional area for 3 years before applying

SO, WHICH VISA TYPE APPLIES  BEST TO YOUR SITUATION? 

 

That's where Ten Heads can Immigration can help with their expert advice

If you are not involved in the migration industry, you might find all of the above rather confusing and even confronting. 

This is why we recommend that you book a 20-minute session with us. Let us do the heavy-lifting for you. 

PARENT VISA

In many families, the parents and their children are separated geographically, with both hoping to live together as a family in Australia. For it is when that happens that the family feels truly complete. 

A cohesive family that spans generations nurture and support each other through the different stages of life and we at Ten Heads see ourselves as facilitators of happy and united families. 

And the one thing that parents will need for this to happen is a Parent Visa. 

ELIGIBILITY

You may be eligible for a Parent Visa if you are the parent or stepparent of an 'eligible child'. How does the Australian government define an eligible child?

 

An Eligible Child is:

  • An Australian citizen or

  • An Australian Permanent Resident or

  • An eligible New Zealand Citizen**

 

The visa options depend on the Balance of family (BoF) test.

 

You fulfil the BoF test if:

  • At least half of your children and stepchildren are eligible children

  • Or there are more eligible children than (non-eligible) children living in other single country

 

 

VISA OPTIONS

 

Subject to fulfilling the BoF Test (as described above) these are the following Permanent Visa Options:

  • 103 - Parent Visa: The processing time for the visa can take up to 30 years. For this reason, it is best suited for young parents.

  • 143 – Contributory Parent visa: The processing time  for this visa type can take up to 4 – 5 years. This visa has a very high 2nd visa application charge (VAC), that is payable just before the grant of the visa. The current 2nd VAC is $43,600 per parent. The VAC generally increases every year on 1st July.

  • 804 – Aged Parent Visa: You are eligible for the visa if you fulfil the ‘aged’ definition, which is currently applicable to parents aged 66 years and over. It is expected to change on 1 July 2021 to 66 years 6 months. The processing time for the visa can take up to 30 years but when you apply onshore you get a Bridging Visa A that lets you live in Australia till the time the visa is processed.

  • 864 – Contributory Aged Parent visa: You are eligible for the visa if you fulfil the ‘aged’ definition, which is currently applicable to parents aged 66 years and over. As above, it is expected to change on 1 July 2021 to 66 years 6 months. And since it is a Contributory visa, a high 2nd VAC needs to be paid. The current 2nd VAC is $43,600 per parent. VAC generally increases every year on 1st July.

 

Subject to fulfilling the BoF test, parents also have the option to apply for the following Temporary Visa Options:

 

  • 173 – Contributory Parent (Temporary): This is a temporary visa that is granted for 2 years. The Contributory Parent must be sponsored by an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian Permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand citizen**. It is also important to note that  they must not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa.

  • 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary): This is a temporary visa that is granted for 2 years. It is important to note that the applicant must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when they apply for this visa and when the Australian Government makes their decision.

However, if Parents DO NOT satisfy the requirements of the BoF Test then they can apply for the 870 Sponsored Parent Visa (or a Visitor Visa):

  • 870 - Sponsored Parent Visa: Under this visa type, parents can visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years per visa. It is essential to note that the applicants must have an approved Parent Sponsor before they can lodge an application for this visa. They also need to lodge their visa application within 6 months of the sponsorship approval.

One of the other options is for parents to visit their families on a Long-term Visitor Visa.

 

SO, WHICH PARENT VISA TYPE APPLIES  BEST TO YOUR SITUATION? 

 

That's where Ten Heads can Immigration can help with their expert advice

Here is what we recommend you do:

 

Step 1: Pl fill in the Parent visa assessment form by providing all details

Step 2: Our Registered Migration Agent will contact you to discuss the options best suited for your situation/needs.

Some other things to note:

 

Assurance of Support

All parent visa application (except for 870 visa) needs to provide an Assurance of Support (AoS) before the grant of the visa. By signing the AoS, the assurer agrees to repay social security payments claimed by the migrant. An AoS bond also needs to be paid before the grant of the visa.

 

Health & Character Requirements

All parent visas need to fulfil the health and character requirements. If you have a health or character concern, do contact us so we can help you to understand the implications.

 

Processing times

The processing times vary significantly and depend on the department’s queue for processing. The visa with the quickest turnaround can be the 870 visa with processing times currently at an average of 6 months.

 

Onshore or offshore applications

  • All parent visa applications may be applied onshore.

  • For 870 visa – permission to apply onshore is required.

  • When you apply for the Aged parent visas, a Bridging Visa A is provided. The Bridging Visa A lets parents stay in Australia while their application is in progress.

  • Onshore application is dependent on the conditions of your current visa. For example, if there is a ‘No Further Stay’ on your current visa, then an onshore application for a Parent visa cannot be applied. In some circumstances, a waiver of the ‘No Further Stay’ may be possible.

 

*Parents visa applicants are not eligible for Medicare and other welfare payments. After the visa grant, the eligibility depends on the visa subclass. Please do get in touch with us so we can provide a complete answer.

**You are an eligible New Zealand citizen if you arrived in Australia on a New Zealand passport and were:

  • in Australia on 26 February 2001 and were a special category visa (SCV) holder on that day, or

  • in Australia for a period or periods totalling 12 months in the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001, and returned to Australia after that day

  • assessed as protected SCV holders before 26 February 2001

So as you can tell, there are multiple options for those considering applying for a Parent Visa. Knowing which one to apply for requires a great deal of experience and expertise in this field. Doing it alone, can result in a frustrating experience and potentially in undesirable outcomes. 

 

Remember, applying for a Parent Visa is not a D-I-Y (Do-It-Yourself) project. Our migration agent will understand your migration goals and suggest you the best option suited to your requirements.

 

You can book a 20-minute - complimentary Zoom consultation with our 'Registered Migration Agent' to discuss your case.

EMPLOYER SPONSORED VISA

If you have been offered a job in Australia, and your employer is happy to sponsor you for a visa, then you can apply for an employer sponsored visa. The legislation is very complex for employer-sponsored visas as the Department has been making frequent change. This constant fine-tuning is with the aim of benefitting the economy and so as to not disadvantage the Australian labour force.

 

Under this category, applications can be either Temporary or Permanent employer-sponsored visas. 

 

The temporary visas are:

 

Subclass 482 visa - TSS Visa

This visa can be granted for up to 4 years. You may have a pathway for Permanent Residency through one of the permanent employer sponsored visas or skilled visas. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years. Please note that you must be:

 

  • nominated for a skilled position by an approved sponsor

  • have the right skills to do the job

  • meet the relevant English language requirements. 

 

Subclass 494 Visa - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa

This visa can be granted for 5 years. You may have a pathway for Permanent Residency through one of the permanent employer sponsored visas or skilled visas.

 

The permanent visas are:

Subclass 186 Visa - Employer Nomination Scheme

This can be applied through any of these streams: Direct Entry, Temporary Residency Transition (TRT) or Agreement Stream

Subclass 187 Visa - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

This visa can only be applied by 457/482 visa holders through the Temporary Residency Transition (TRT) Stream

SO, WHICH VISA TYPE APPLIES  BEST TO YOUR SITUATION? 

 

That's where Ten Heads can Immigration can help with their expert advice

 

We have proven expertise in all employer-sponsored visas. It is best to firstly confirm if this is the best option for you. We work closely with employers and employees and provide a tailor-made solution that best supports their business and migration goals.

 

You can book a 20-minute - a complimentary consultation with our 'Registered Migration Agent' to discuss your case.

BUSINESS VISA

If you have experience in running a business, you may qualify for one of

a range of business visas.

There are many opportunities for skilled business people ranging from

Business to Investor Visas.

 

This visa allows you to:

 

  1. Establish a new or develop an existing business in Australia, make a

       designated investment with an Aus. state or Territory Government or make and maintain complying investments in Australia.

 

SO, WHICH VISA TYPE APPLIES  BEST TO YOUR SITUATION? 

 

That's where Ten Heads can Immigration can help with their expert advice


What we can do for you:

 

  1. Assess your eligibility to apply for a business visa.

  2. Assist you in the application to the state for state sponsorship

  3. Explain English testing requirements to you.

  4. Apply for a combined application for you and your dependents.

  5. If you are granted a temporary visa, explain the pathway to Permanent Residency.

You can book a 20-minute - a complimentary consultation with our 'Registered Migration Agent' to discuss your case.

 

GLOBAL TALENT INDEPENDENT PROGRAM

The Global Talent Visa Program, also known as the Global Talent Independent Program, is a streamlined visa pathway designed to attract highly qualified, experienced and exceptionally talented individuals from across the globe to live and work in Australia as Permanent Residents. 
In 2020-2021, there are 15,000 places available under the program.


Australia is a lifestyle destination, and one of the most prosperous, safe and culturally diverse countries in the world. Australia offers opportunities for innovation, with strong trading links and a business-friendly regulatory approach. Through the program, talented individuals will be given
permanent residency to make their new lives in Australia.

Australia is after the brightest and best global talent to work in ten future-focused sectors. These are:

  1. Resources

  2. Agri-Food & AgTech

  3. Health Industries

  4. Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space

  5. Circular Economy

  6. DigiTech

  7. Infrastructure and Tourism

  8. Financial services and FinTech

  9. Education

  10. Energy

  
The Department are also looking to target PhD students with research that is internationally recognised and relevant to one of the target sectors:

  • Recent PhD graduates (Completed PhD in last 3 years) and can demonstrate exceptional talent and international recognition across the target sectors.

  • PhD student and ready to submit a thesis within the next 6 months.

Ten Heads Immigration can help with their expert advice.

If you are unsure about whether you are eligible, which can happen because of the complexity in the entire process, please talk to us.
 

You can book a 20-minute - complimentary Zoom consultation with our 'Registered Migration Agent' to discuss your case.