We are here today with John Kim, Partner Lawyer at H & H Lawyers, to unravel some questions regarding the Partner Visa.
To start off, what are the eligibility requirements for a sponsor when lodging a partner visa application?
Partner John Kim: Firstly, to sponsor anyone who is applying for a partner visa, you must either be an Australian permanent resident or citizen. Generally, a sponsor will have two opportunities to be a sponsor in his or her lifetime. If according to the visa application timeline, you have sponsored a partner visa or have been a recipient of a partner visa within the past 5 years, you will not be eligible as a sponsor. Indeed, there are exceptions to these rules, though they are very rare and generally do not arise in the usual circumstance.
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Producer Hong Tae Kyung: While it’s true that many have exploited the partner visa, it’s sad to see that even relationships which are truly needing the visa to live happily together a family may lose the right to do so. It therefore seems all the more important to prepare diligently when applying to best prevent an unideal outcome. What are the some of the more crucial and note-worthy points potential applicants will need to keep in mind when applying?
Partner John Kim: There are many applicants who, despite being married or a de-facto couple, have been left shocked with the significant amount of information which needs to be provided when requested by the immigration department.
As the basic level, it is important to be able to show or provide information to the immigration department that you are not merely in a relationship with your partner. Rather, you need to be able to prove that there is genuine intention to spend your future together with them.
The immigration case officer will critically assess your case, often with the view that you are merely in a relationship, or perhaps even a disguised marriage. To give your application the best shot at approval, it will be helpful to have documents and evidence at hand which will be capable of altering the officer’s perspective and alleviating their suspicions.
Today we were joined by Partner John Kim who has helped us navigate the various eligibility requirements pertaining to a partner visa application.
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