From 1 July 2018, applications for the following visas must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount:
- Partner (subclass 309/100 and 820/801)
- Prospective Marriage (subclass 300)
Anyone wanting to apply for a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa on or after 1 July 2018, will be affected by this change. You will need to create an ImmiAccount and apply online. For information on how to create an ImmiAccount visit: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/corporate/information/faqs/Immi-FAQs/what-is-immiaccount
The changes do not affect Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications lodged before 1 July 2018. Paper visa applications received by an office of the Department, a Service Delivery Partner, an overseas embassy or High Commission will be accepted if received by close of business (COB) on 30 June 2018.
Applications received after that time (for example, mailed before that date but received after) will not be valid. If you are applying in Australia, you will become unlawful if the visa you hold expires and your paper application is invalid.
On 5 December 2017 at 17:56 EST, the Senate disallowed the Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 4) Regulations 2017. Included in the disallowed Regulations are changes which came into effect on 18 November 2017 to mandate electronic lodgement of Partner and Prospective Marriage visas.
While paper applications will again be accepted from 5 December 2017, we strongly encourage applicants to continue lodging Partner (subclass 3009/100 and 820/801) and Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) applications online through ImmiAccount.