Partnership Visa

Your One Chance To Get It Right

Once you submit your application, you generally only get one chance to succeed. So, it is crucial that you get it right the first time. You need to make sure that your claims are strong, consistent, and compelling. The last thing you want is for your application to be under review or be refused completely.

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Timpson Immigration 100% Success Rate

At Timpson Immigration Lawyers, we’ve helped hundreds of couples, treating each case as if they’re our own because we know each client’s future depends on us.

  • We have options for all budgets (including our $770 Check It service
  • We have clear and transparent fee structures so you always know where you stand
  • We can do as little or as much as you want (from checking your evidence to ensure it will measure up to looking after everything for you)

Why are Australian partner visa refusals increasing?

Until recently, the average success rate for Australian partner visas was about 50%. In the last year however, we have anecdotally seen this rate dramatically decline as more and more partner—both de facto and spouse—visas are refused.

In November 2016, the Department of Home Affairs released a change in the way they process Australian partner visas, which meant that applications with insufficient or poor evidence may be refused without you ever being contacted or given the opportunity to provide further information.

It may seem obvious, but when applying for a partner visa, the main thing you need to be able to demonstrate is that you are in fact in a real de facto or spousal relationship. The way to do this is with clear, consistent, and sufficient evidence. If your application is not up to the standard that the case officer deems fit, your application will fail.

At Timpson Immigration Lawyers, we’re proud of our 100% success rate. We’ve helped hundreds of couples start their lives together in Australia, treating each case as our own because we know how important each application is to the future of our clients.

We have options for all budgets (including our $770 Check It service) and clear and transparent fee structures so you always know where you stand. We can do as little or as much as you want, from simply checking your evidence to ensure it will measure up to looking after everything for you.

Partner visa application fee

The Australian Department of Home Affairs fees alone are over $7,000, so a rejected visa turns into a very costly mistake. So, to ensure you don’t risk losing your money for nothing and compromising your future life in Australia, you need to make sure your application is watertight.

Why many applications are refused – the genuineness reason

For all partner visas, the relationship will be thoroughly reviewed. In no case will an application be granted simply because a marriage has taken place.

Many applications fail to deliver on ‘genuineness’, as measured by the case officers at the Department of Home Affairs. As a result, a lot of hopeful couples are refused. This is why it is critical that you effectively demonstrate that your marriage or de facto relationship is in fact genuine.

What can you do?

You need to forensically break down the entire history and timeline of your relationship and corroborate it with supporting evidence. There are a number of factors which expand on the definition of what a genuine relationship is in the regulations.

What will case officers be looking for?

Everything is relevant but there are certain aspects which they look at closely, including:

  • Consistency
  • Conflicting evidence
  • Insufficient evidence
  • The financial aspect (how you share money, who pays the bills, etc.)
  • The household aspect: (where you live, your household routine
  • Social aspect (what you do for fun as a couple, what do you do on weekends, the existence of mutual friends

Other Factors

For more information see our LGBTQI Partner Visa Page Here

Australian visas can be subject to a requirement which commits applicants to demonstrating that they meet certain health criteria.

  1. Visa applicants are assessed against a number of different health requirements:
  2. Whether the non-citizen is free from tuberculosis; and
  3. Whether the non-citizen is free from a disease or condition that is, or may cause him/her to be, a threat to public health in Australia or danger to the Australian community; and Whether the non-citizen is free from a disease or condition (including HIV) which would be likely to require health care or community services or, meet the medical criteria for the provision of a community service and that the provision of such services would be likely to:
    1. Result in a significant cost to the Australian community in the areas of healthcare and community services; or
    2. Prejudice the access of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to health care or community services.

    So is it possible to live permanently in Australia if the non-citizen is HIV positive? The answer to this is maybe. This depends on what type of visa the person has applied for and whether they can obtain a health waiver. At Timpson Immigration Lawyers we have a lot of experience obtaining health waivers, so if any of the above health concerns apply to you or your partner, please CONTACT US to find out your options.

The number of partner visa refusals based on character grounds has increased dramatically due to recent changes in legislation . The Character requirement is extremely important and applies to both the Applicant and their Sponsor. The Department will thoroughly assess the character of the applicant and to do this police certificates will need to be provided for their countries of residence and origin. The Sponsor will also need to provide a police certificate from the Australian Federal Police, as well as police certificates from any other relevant country they have resided in for more than 12 months. We have a special interest and in-depth experience when it comes to Visa Character Concerns, so if this applies to you please contact us to discuss your options.

What do I do next?

Don’t leave your application to chance. We can help, and we have options for all budgets.

In case you missed it, we’ll tell you again, with the Department partner application fee alone being over $7,000, it’s important that you give yourself the best chance of success. You need to make sure your application is as flawless as possible, and the best place to start is by checking in with us. We will make sure you start on the right foot so you don’t waste time and money.

How We Can Help You

Are you unsure of where to start? Timpson Immigration Lawyers are here to help. We are experts in the field of migration and specialise in partner visas.

  • Get peace of mind with our 100% Success Rate
  • We have options—including our $770 Check It service—to suit almost every budget 
  • We take away the risk, stress, and uncertainty
  • We have a clear and transparent fee structure
  • We have in-depth experience with character, health, and LGBTQI visas
  • We understand how important these cases are to each client
  • Our single goal is to get you that YES

With all the changes in the Department of Home Affairs, getting a visa in Australia can be a daunting and confusing process. With the right help, you’ll be starting your new life in Australia  in no time. For us, it’s personal.

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