BREAKING! An announcement was made just now informing Registered Migration Agents that the implementation of the new sponsorship rules for partner visa WILL NOT COMMENCE on 17 April 2019
Yes -- after all the stress of racing to meet the 'deadline', then we get this news... (define stress?!)
The required legislation and system changes are not yet ready so implementation will be DELAYED (for now).
What it means for you:
Those planning to apply for SPOUSE visa before 17th April 2019 may now relax as the changes on the separate sponsorship framework will not implemented on 17 April 2019.
At this point, the new framework will be implemented on 17 April 2019 for Sponsored Parent (temporary visa) only.
Then When will this new change happen for SPOUSE visa:
At this stage, there is no timeframe for expansion of the new sponsorship framework to other family visas (aside from parent visa) and therefore the current arrangements for existing visas, including partner visas, will continue to operate from 17 April 2019.
Contact expert migration professionals at Australian Dream Visa if you need more information and help with your visa.