<h2>Applicants applying for Partner Visas to live in Australia should face faster processing times from today.</h2>
With immediate effect, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has launched a new online system, ImmiAccount, which will allow all applicants for Partner Visas to be able to apply through a single entry point on the Department’s official website.
The new online facility will be a self-service web portal that will enable clients to create, submit, pay for and manage all online applications in the one online system.
It is currently possible to stay in Australia on a Temporary Partner Visa if the applicant is in a valid relationship with, or engaged to an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
If the relationship is still considered to be genuine and continuing after two years, or if the couple has married, a permanent visa may then be acquired.
In recent months, the DIBP has pledged to make significant improvements to its online visa application systems, noting that doing this will make the application process, not only faster for applicants, but cheaper as well.
To find out more, visit the DIBP website: http://www.immi.gov.au
Article published 9th December 2013