Changes for visa applicants in same-sex relationships following the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
This is a news release from the Immigration department following on from the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.
Changes for visa applicants in same-sex relationships
Important information for visa applicants following the legislation of same-sex marriage.
From 9 December 2017, you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’ if you are in a same-sex marriage following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.
Under the changes, if you are in a same-sex marriage you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’, rather than as their ‘de facto partner’.
The changes will apply to Partner visas (subclasses 100, 309, 801 and 820) and to all other visas where you can include your spouse in your application.
You can also apply for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) if you are in a same-sex relationship and genuinely intend to marry your prospective spouse in Australia.
This is a welcome development for potential partner visa applicants in same-sex relationships.
Feel free to contact me to arrange a consultation if you have any questions or require further information about this development.