A refused visa application is not necessarily the end of the story  

August 15, 2017 - Unreported Cases


What happens when all onshore options have been exhausted?

An offshore partner visa is always an option

Last week, the Family stream of lawyers at Immigration Solutions Lawyers successfully assisted a couple to fulfil their dream of living together in Australia. The applicant is a citizen of Zimbabwe who had come to Australia on a tourist visa. When her visa expired she applied for a protection visa which was refused. On application to the Minister for intervention, she was also rejected, being forced to leave Australia.

Thinking that, with all onshore options expended, the couple may not be able to live together after all, the Sponsor came to Immigration Solutions Lawyers for advice. From there Immigration Solutions Lawyers assisted the couple in applying for an offshore partner visa (subclass 309).

This visa is the first step in a two-step process whereby the applicant must apply for two visas at once: the temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) and the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100). Once the temporary partner visa is granted, the Applicant may live in Australia while the permanent visa is processed. As such, the applicant may stay until the result of the permanent visa is processed.

Through hard work and patience, the family stream at Immigration Solutions Lawyers were able to successfully assist this couple to be united once more in Australia. Applying in May 2016, the provisional partner visa was granted in August of 2017.

For more information on how Immigration Solutions Lawyers can assist you to be united with the ones you love, visit our website or call us on 1300 428 472.