Changes to Partner Visas in 2021

As part of the Federal Budget announced in October 2020, there will be an increase in the annual intake of family visas for the 2020-21 financial year with 77,300 places set. Out of this total, 72,300 will be allocated to partner visas which is almost double the 37,118 partner visas granted in 2019-20. Applicants with sponsors residing in regional areas will be prioritised.


The Department of Home Affairs has made an announcement on March 1 that they are accelerating processing of decision-ready partner visa applications much faster than the 18 -27 months that has been commonplace in the last few years.


Partner Visa Applicants will be required to meet the English language requirement at the time that the second stage permanent partner visa is granted. Applicants can be supported by the expansion of free English language classes through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).

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