Reforms to Partner visa program

​As part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Government announced that it will implement reforms to strengthen the integration outcomes of the Partner program by the end of 2021. These include:

  • Introducing an English language requirement for permanent resident sponsors and Partner visa applicants; and
  • Applying the sponsorship framework set out in the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2018 to the Partner visa program. 

The Department of Home Affairs is seeking community views to inform the development of settings and the implementation of the new English language requirement and the sponsorship framework for the Partner visa program.

To assist with this process, a Consultation Paper​ has been developed outlining the proposed changes and seeking views on specific questions related to the reforms.  

Written submissions can be sent​ to correspondence.family.policy@homeaffairs.gov.au  by close of business 31 March 2021. Submissions received after this deadline may not be considered.

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