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Same Sex

The Australian migration program does not discriminate against people in same sex relationships.

In 2009 the Australian Government passed legislation equalising treatment of same sex couples and families. These reforms eliminated discrimination against same sex couples and their children in a wide range of areas including taxation, superannuation, health insurance, social security, aged care, child support, and Immigration.

Same sex partners can be included in applications for all visas including Skilled Migration visas, Student Work visas, Employer Sponsored visas, and Business visas.

Australian permanent residents and citizens can also sponsor their same sex partner for a Provisional or Permanent Partner visa. Applications from same sex partners are assessed against the same criteria as people in a heterosexual de facto relationship.

Proving Your Relationship

To meet the visa rules you need to prove you have lived with your partner in a genuine de facto relationship for at least 12 months before applying for the visa. You are considered to be in a de facto relationship with another person if the following apply:

  • You have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others;
  • The relationship is genuine and continuing; and
  • You live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis.

While the legal criteria are simple the evidence needed to prove the relationship is genuine and that you are committed to a life together can be complex. Decisions are not made based on any one document or on the amount of evidence but rather involve the Case Officer forming a subjective opinion on the genuineness of your relationship based on the documentation you include in the application.

While the list is not exhaustive, evidence addressing the following matters should be included in your same sex Partner visa application:

  • the financial aspects of the relationship;
  • the nature of your household;
  • the social aspects of your relationship; and
  • the nature of your commitment to each other.

VisAustralia Services

Given the potential issues in migrating to Australia with your same sex partner we strongly recommend you arrange an initial Legal Assessment with VisAustralia.

At the Legal Assessment we will assist you decide which visa is best for you taking into account the special circumstances of your relationship. We will also discuss the kinds of evidence you need to make a successful application with your partner, the time frames for applying, and the cost implications of your different options.

The Legal Assessment can be by teleconference if you and your partner are in different locations. At the end of the Legal Assessment we will confirm our advice in writing.

Premium Service

On signing the VisAustralia Agreement we will work closely with you to prepare high quality sponsorship and visa applications. We will assist you compile evidence of your relationship demonstrating you and your partner meed the visa criteria. A professionally prepared application is the best way to ensure your application will receive favourable consideration by the Australian Government.

VisAustralia

For more information about applying for a visa with your same sex partner we invite you to contact VisAustralia and book a Legal Assessment with one of our lawyers or migration agents.

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Consulta Legal

El propósito de la consulta legal es confirmar tu elegibilidad mediante el análisis que el abogado hace de tu caso y definir cuál es la mejor estrategia de visa para ti.

La consulta legal se realiza en persona en nuestra oficina o por video conferencia en Skype o por teléfono en caso que no tengas acceso a internet. Al término de la consulta el abogado pone por escrito todo lo que se habló durante la consulta.

Durante la consulta legal el abogado:

1. Revisa tu ocupación, educación y experiencia laboral y establece cual es la mejor opción de acreditación para ti;

2. Revisa cuál de los estados en Australia ofrece las mejores oportunidades de patrocinio;

3. Revisa si tu nivel de inglés es suficiente para satisfacer el requerimiento del nivel de inglés para solicitar la visa;

4. Identifica si hay algún periodo de tiempo crítico dentro de tu estrategia de visa que hay que tomar en cuenta;

5. Confirma la elegibilidad de los miembros de tu familia;

6. Identifica cual cuestión de salud o carácter que pudiera presentar problemas;

7. Explica cómo puedes combinar una visa de estudiante con una solicitud de visa permanente para que puedas migrar a Australia mientras esperas a que tu visa permanente sea aprobada;

8. Explica el proceso de la solicitud de visa, periodos de tiempo, el costo: además

9. Responde cualquier pregunta que tengas acerca de Australia y el proceso de la visa.

Otros Servicios de Visa

VisAustralia ofrece un servicio de consultoría para las personas que deseen solicitar todo tipo de visas incluyendo visas de Pareja, Familia, Inversionista.

Información para pago de la consulta

El costo de la consulta legal es de AUD$200 y puedes realizar el pago con tu tarjeta de crédito en el portal de nuestro sitio web.

Para reservar una consulta legal con uno de los abogados de VisAustralia, te pido que llenes la forma y hagas click en el botón de continuar.