The Government is continually reviewing arrangements for visas during the pandemic. In February the Department of Home Affairs announced Covid-19 concessions for multiple Family visa applicants.
Some categories of Family visas require applicants to be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted. However, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions some applicants for family visas, who have come to Australia before the pandemic, not able to depart the country.
The DHA was taking disruptions arising from the pandemic into account when considering visa applications. Visa applicants are being given additional time to complete the necessary requirements, including any current requirement to be offshore at time of visa grant.
From 27February 2021 temporary concessions will be implemented for certain applicants who are in Australia and are not able to travel offshore to be granted the visa because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The following visas will be able to be granted while the applicant is in Australia, even though these usually require the applicant to travel offshore.
- Partner (subclass 309) visa
- Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa
- Child (subclass 101) visa
- Adoption (subclass 102) visa
- Dependent Child (subclass 445) visa
The same concession will commence for eligible parent visa applicants on 24 March 2021:
- Contributory Parent (subclass 173) visa
- Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa
- Parent (subclass 103) visa
Current processing timeframes for Parent visa applications would not be impacted by these amendments.
For more questions about Australian visa and Immigration matters please contact a Registered Migration Agent.