Police checks required for sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage Visas
If you are sponsoring a partner or prospective marriage visa on or after November 18th, 2016 the new change is going to affect you. So, pay close attention to this change.
According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), from 18 November 2016, sponsors of the Partner and prospective visa applications will need to:
- provide Australian and/or foreign police checks when requested
- consent to us disclosing their convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant(s).
As you can read on DIBP’s website here, your application can be refused if you don’t provide police checks within a reasonable time.
What is a reasonable time? May be the letter or notification you receive asking for the police report will tell you what that reasonable time is. Or, if you are using a registered Migration Agent, he/she would know by when to respond.
The best part about using a registered migration agent is that you don’t need to worry about missing a vital piece of document while applying for visa. You can also have a peace of mind that your case is being managed by professional with years of experience, and any immigration follow-ups will be taken care of in timely manner. Yes, off course, there is cost to it, and it is not required by law that you hire a migration agent. But if you feel you need help, it is generally a good investment for your future.
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