SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN
200,000 AUSTRALIANS AND THEIR PARTNERS STILL WAITING TO MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES
The Morrison Government’s Budget promise to increase the number of partner visas is just another empty announcement until they actually deliver for Australians and the people they love.
As of 30 June, 100,000 Australians and 100,000 of their partners who have applied for visas were waiting for the opportunity to begin, or continue, their lives together in Australia.
Australians and their partners, husbands, or wives can’t put down roots, get jobs, buy homes or build communities in Australia because of the Morrison Government’s go-slow partner visa processing.
Visa applications have been piling up in the Department of Home Affairs and the processing time for 90 per cent of partner visa applications was an astonishing 27 months as of 30 July.
Couples have been forced to put their lives on hold for close to two and half years as they wait for the Morrison Government to process their partner visa applications.
The Morrison Government has not explained how their new English language requirements for partner visa applicants and their permanent resident sponsors will impact applications – both those waiting to be processed and new applications.
Is the Morrison Government trying to force Australians to choose who they fall in love with or marry based on their English language skills?
Until the Morrison Government proves they are speeding up processing times and clearing the partner visa application backlog, this Budget announcement is just another attempt to get a headline that won’t help people.