The residence requirement will also apply to New Zealand citizens who
An overwhelming majority of Australians have voted yes for same sex marriage. Even though this is yet to pass through parliament into law, there is a very good chance that same sex couples will be able to get married by the end of 2017. So how does this affect Australian immigration?
Migrants in a same sex relationship are currently eligible to apply for a Partnership Visa on the basis of a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. However, to be deemed to be in a de facto relationship the couple either must have lived together for a minimum of 12 months, or register their relationship under state law, which isn’t possible in all states. The proposed change in marriage law will enable same sex migrants to apply for a Partnership Visa on spousal grounds.