Migration Agents Forum at Australia House, August 2017: DIBP reform & Family Visa Updates

The quarterly Migration Agents forum took place again earlier this month at the prestigious Australia House. This informative event, exclusive to those MARA agents and caseworkers in the London industry, was attended by Genevieve Katyar and Sammy Naghi from our office.  Various topics and issues were raised and we now provide a short summary for our readers.

Expected changes to the DIBP and the immigration process: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

As announced by Malcolm Turnbull earlier this summer, the Australian government has plans to create a department that integrates immigration, border control, national security and policing. The new department, dubbed Australia’s Home Office, will be led by incumbent minister for immigration Peter Dutton.

In addition, the Australian visa system is due to be reformed, which should see unified, broader visa categories in place of the plethora of visas currently available to prospective immigrants.

Family Migration Updates

During the Migration Agent Forum in February, it was announced that the waiting period for partner visas had significantly increased. Unfortunately, 6 months on there has been little change to these periods in London post who processes visa applications lodged in the United Kingdom and various other European countries as the current 10-14 months processing time continues as at current date. It is worth noting however that globally the current processing times are far longer, with a global average of 90% of visas being processed within 16-35 months (depending on visa subclass). You can find the latest processing times here.



MSL Solicitors, 2017


This article demonstrates some of the complexities that surround Australian migration law and policy, and highlights some benefits of having representation from a MARA Agent or immigration Lawyer who can help you navigate your way through these obstacles and keep you updated about important changes.


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