Violent partners to face a tougher visa process for Partner Visas
Migration and Domestic Violence
Recently the Senate passed The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016, more than two years after the Bill was introduced by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Domestic violence has been high on the Government’s agenda and the passing of this legislation has made it very clear that domestic violence is not acceptable under any circumstances.
The new law will make it more difficult for people with a history of domestic violence to sponsor a partner visa. Full police checks will be required to be submitted with the sponsorship application putting more emphasis on the sponsor’s character. Under the current process, police checks are only required where a minor is included in the partner visa application.
Importantly it will also ensure that visa applicants will be aware if their sponsoring partner has a violent history.
The new law does not have a start date as yet however it is expected to commence soon.
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This article was written by Zoe Brereton of Bell Legal Group for general information purposes only. It is not legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always obtain legal advice based upon your own circumstances.