Temporary Concession for Offshore Family Visas to be Granted Onshore

There are some types of visas where the applicant is required to be outside of Australia at the time of grant. This would normally require visa applicants in Australia (for example: visitor visa holders, working holiday holders etc..) who applied offshore to leave Australia temporarily for the offshore visa to be granted. However, the Department of Home Affairs recently announced on their website that certain family visa applicants affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions could have their offshore visas granted onshore.

The changes are intended to come into effect on 27 February 2021 for the following partner and child visa subclasses:

The changes are intended to come into effect on 24 March 2021 for the following parent visa subclasses:

It’s important to note that these changes are only temporary and will be reviewed periodically by the Department of Home Affairs. We expect that at some point in the future the Department will revert back to the original requirement where an offshore applicant must be offshore at the time of grant.

UPDATE: 23 February 2021

The Department of Home Affairs have clarified that the below subclass classess of visa can be granted onshore:

The application must have been made during the ‘concession period’ while the applicant was offshore. The visa can be granted onshore before the end of the ‘concession period’. The concession period commenced on 1 February 2020 and an end date has not yet been decided. This change will come into effect on 27 February 2021. Once the concession period ends offshore family visas will again be granted while the applicant is offshore.

The Department of Home Affairs have also announced that the timeframe in which subclass 300 propective marriage visa holders must get married will be increased from 9 months to 15 months from the date of grant.

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Nick Hansen

Nick has been a Registered Migration Agent since 2016 when he founded Hansen Migration. Since then he has helped many migrants obtain permanent residency in Australia and Australian citizenship.

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