Process Australian partner visas faster, long distance heartache is not fair.

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Imagine not being able to live with your partner, simply because of government policy.

Love and Happiness are so important and imagine finding the person you love and making plans for your future together, but then being forced to live with the burden of a long distance relationship for between 23-32 months!

It makes me so sad to think about the Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who have to endure the pain of not being allowed to live with their partners, simply because Immigration is so slow in processing the applications. It's really not fair and puts a huge strain on a relationship. Can you imagine this happening to you, how would it affect your everyday life?

  • We need faster processing times for offshore partner migration.
  • We need a special stream of visitor visa for those who have already applied for an offshore partner visa.
  • We need to increase the ceiling capping for partner visas.

As of June 2018, the processing times for a Prospective Marriage Visa were seeing 90% of applications processed in 23 months. This is just a temporary visa, a prospective marriage visa, to allow your fiance to come to Australia, meet your, family spend time together and allow you to get married in Australia - it's only a 9-month visa which you need to wait for 23 months to be granted! Oh and even better with an application fee of $7160!  Likewise, the offshore Partner Provisional visa -subclass 309   is also seeing 90% of applications processed within  26 months at the same high application fee. 

As Australians we have been raised in a culturally diverse environment, it is who we are, so there are no surprises that our love has no borders. In the year ending June 2108, there were 125,000 applications for family visas (including partner visas) with only 47,000 granted. Imagine the government telling you, sorry your relationship is not worthy of an Australian visa.  The migration planning capping ceiling for 2018/2019 is just 47,825 for partner visas and this number has not been increased since 2014/2015,  this means thousands and thousands of Australians will be enduring the heartache of not being allowed to live with their partners and being forced to wait even longer. 

Temporary Visa holders such as students, who apply to bring their partner to Austalia are only having to wait up to 6 months and sometimes faster. How is this fair!

There needs to be a change to how offshore partner applications are being processed.  Applying for a visitor visa after lodging the partner visa is a short-term, non guaranteed way to be able to spend some time with your partner, but it does not allow for anything other than a visit.  You can not plan your life, or work on your dreams or start a family.

If there were a special stream of visitor visa specifically for those who have lodged an offshore partner visa, with longer stay times and more flexibility with multiple entries,  that would be a huge start at ending the heartache of so many Australians. Offshore partner visas can only be granted whilst being offshore, who would risk overstaying a visitor visa and putting their partner visa at risk which has such a high application fee and an extremely long waiting periods. 

  • We need faster processing times for offshore partner migration.
  • We need a special stream of visitor visa for those who have already applied for an offshore partner visa.
  • We need to increase the ceiling capping for partner visas.

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