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THREE YEAR WAITING TIME FOR PERMANENT PARTNER VISA AND SEPARATE APPLICATION FEE FOR SECOND STAGE APPLICATION

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05/16/2017

澳洲移民局部门的最近会议记录透露,该局建议将伴侣签证申请人合资格转为永久伴侣签证的等待时间转为3年。

根据现行政策,伴侣签证申请人首先获得临时伴侣签证,如果与澳洲伴侣的关系是真实并且仍然继续,则在两年的等待时间之后可申请永久伴侣签证。如果提案通过,申请人则需要等待三年而不是两年了。

除上述提出的轮候时间变更外,该局亦建议另外收取第二阶段永久伴侣签证申请费用。目前,申请人只需支付6865澳元(但2017年7月1日开始,费用即将提高至7000澳元),为临时及永久伴侣签证费用。如果提案通过,7月1日之后, 除了在第一阶段付申请费7000元以外,申请人将于在申请永久签证时额外付另一签证申请费。

当局还提供资料关于目前已存有63,000个离岸伴侣签证申请和88,000个在岸申请,现时在岸申请的处理时间为16-23个月。由于部门的资源限制,在岸申请的处理时间预计将需要3 – 3.5年才能完成。此外,传统性的两年期合资格提示邮寄信件将被终止,因此申请人需要自行预计合资格时间。

目前赞助伴侣的资格评估平均处理时间约为六个月,预计此评估的处理时间也将相应增加。

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05/16/2017

澳洲移民局部門的最近會議記錄透露,該局建議將伴侶簽證申請人合資格轉為永久伴侶簽證的等待時間轉為3年。

 

根據現行政策,伴侶簽證申請人首先獲得臨時伴侶簽證,如果與澳洲伴侶的關係是真實並且仍然繼續,則在兩年的等待時間之後可申請永久伴侶簽證。如果提案通過,申請人則需要等待三年而不是兩年了。

 

除上述提出的輪候時間變更外,該局亦建議另外收取第二階段永久伴侶簽證申請費用。目前,申請人只需支付6865澳元(但2017年7月1日開始,費用即將提高至7000澳元),為臨時及永久伴侶簽證費用。如果提案通過,7月1日之後, 除了在第一階段付申請費7000元以外,申請人將於在申請永久簽證時額外付另一簽證申請費。

 

當局還提供資料關於目前已存有63,000個離岸伴侶簽證申請和88,000個在岸申請,現時在岸申請的處理時間為16-23個月。由於部門的資源限制,在岸申請的處理時間預計將需要3  –  3.5年才能完成。此外,傳統性的兩年期合資格提示郵寄信件將被終止,因此申請人需要自行預計合資格時間。

 

目前贊助伴侶的資格評估平均處理時間約為六個月,預計此評估的處理時間也將相應增加。[:en] 

05/16/2017

A meeting minute from a meeting with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection revealed that the Department has a proposal to introduce 3 year waiting time for the applicants of the Partner Visa moving to the permanent visa.

Under the current policy, the applicant of partner visa is granted of a temporary partner visa first and then a permanent visa will be granted after a two-year waiting time if the relationship with the Australian partner is genuine and still continue. If the proposal passed, the applicant will need to wait for 3 years instead of 2 years.

Besides the above proposed changes of waiting time, the Department also proposes to charge a separate second stage application fee. Currently, the applicant only need to pay $6865 (the fee will soon go up to $7000 on 1 July 2017) for the temporary and permanent partner visas. If the proposal passed, another application fee will be charged in the permanent partner stage on top of $7000.

DIBP also gave information that they currently have 63000 offshore Partner visa applications and 88000 onshore applications in the pipeline and the processing times for onshore applications are between 16-23 months. Due to resource constraints of the Department, the onshore Partner visa will be expected to take up to 3-3.5 years to finalise. Moreover, the traditional mail-out letter at the 2-year point of eligibility for the permanent visa will be discontinued so the applicants need to mark their own time for eligibility.

The current average processing time for partner sponsorship assessment is about six months and it is expected that the processing time for this assessment will also increase accordingly.

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