This workshop will focus on the Partner Visa process using case studies as a basis for examining issues that arise in advising clients. The fundamentals of preparing Partner Visa applications and the criteria for the various relationship categories will be addressed as well as the proposed changes to sponsorship requirements.
Workshop 2: 1.30pm - 4.45pm, Family Violence Provisions for Partner Visas
Special provisions have been included in the Migration Regulations which allow some visa holders and applicants in the Partner visa application process to become permanent residents without a sponsor. This may be the case where the sponsor has died; or where there is a child of the relationship; or where there has been family violence in the relationship perpetrated by the sponsor against the visa applicant or visa holder (and in some cases other family members). However this process is never straight forward due to the trauma experienced by the client, “genuine relationship” assessment by the Department and in some cases the limited application of these special provisions.