Partner Visa – upcoming changes

Are you planning to apply for a partner visa? On 1 July 2017, the Department of Immigration will introduce the following changes:
1) Australian sponsor has to undergo a screening and approval process before visa application can be lodged (e.g. mandatory police check)
2) Visa application charge will increase to $7,000
3) Fee for 2nd stage will be introduced (it is not known yet how much this will be)
4) Wait time between 1st and 2nd stage will increase from 2 to 3 years. This means it will take longer to gain permanent residency.
We recommend to apply asap before 1/7/17! Read our blog post for more info on the partner visa. Contact us for a quote – we have helped many couples to get their visa and live together in Australia happily ever after!
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  1. Nadine Faller on June 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks, Northern Immigration Australia for explaining the changes.
    What about for the ones who are on the temporary visa at the moment? Are they affected?

    • Manuela Seiberth on June 6, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Hi Nadine,

      The partner visa is a “Time of Application” visa. If you applied/held the temporary visa before 1 July 2017 you should not be affected by the changes. However, as the previous weeks in Australian immigration politics have shown nothing is certain! Please keep an eye on our website as well as Facebook page – we will keep you updated!

  2. Leo Vangali on June 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Dear Northern Immigration Australia,

    Thanks for the heads-up. Is it realistic to try and get an application in before the changes start?

    • Manuela Seiberth on June 6, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Dear Leo,

      Thanks for your enquiry. A partner visa application can be done within a couple of weeks. It depends how quickly you can get the relevant evidence together.
      Please also make sure that you and your partner are eligible to apply for the visa. You can book in for a consultation where we assess your eligibility and explain what is required for a successful partner visa application. The consultation can be conducted by phone, Skype, email or face to face if in Darwin. Contact us!

  3. Barny Wood on July 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    Has the partner visa changed now? How long will the sponsor screening process take?

    Thanks for your help!
    Barny Wood

    • Manuela Seiberth on July 8, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Hi Barny,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, the partner visa has changed as of 1 July 2017.
      The sponsor screening is now the first part of the application process. The wait time for this varies. I recommend to apply as soon as you are eligible.
      Please contact our office at +61879039166 or
      We are happy to assist you and your partner!

  4. JV on August 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    Is it possible for a 457 visa holder to apply for permanent residency , he/she is in Australia last March 27, 2015 to present.



    • Manuela Seiberth on August 11, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Hi JV,

      Thanks for your enquiry. There have been significant changes to the 457 visa in April 2017. You can contact us on +61879039166 or and we can conduct an assessment regarding your permanent residency options.
      There are more than 100 different types of Australian visa. In the visa assessment & consultation we analyse visa options and requirements in depth. We explain everything in detail and make recommendations.
      The visa assessment & consultation includes the following services:
      – Advice on available pathways
      – Visa requirements
      – Pros and cons of each option
      – Indicative costs and processing times
      – Our immigration specialist will answer all your visa related questions

      The visa assessment & consultation can be conducted by phone, Skype, email or face to face if in Darwin.

      We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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