[Expert Tip] Same-Sex Marriage Laws: How Migrants Can Also Benefit

Yesterday, it was announced that same-sex couples can now get legally married in Australia. What does this historic change mean for you?

If you are in a same-sex relationship, and your partner is Australian/wants to settle in Australia, doors have widened for you!

Previously, the only way same-sex couples can obtain a partner visa is if you apply as a de facto couple, which means you must have lived together for 12 months (or register your relationship in Australia). Also, even if you're married overseas, Australia would not recognise your marriage.

Now, same-sex couples can also apply for a partner visa even if you have not yet lived together for 12 months.

Furthermore, if you're already married overseas, your marriage is now recognised under immigration law! This could potentially speed up your journey to PR by almost a year!

Of course, you will still need enough evidence to meet the 'joint household' criterion, which means in most cases you will need to have lived together for some time.

Talk to us today to find out how you can take advantage of the new same-sex marriage laws. You can also book in a FREE 30 minute 1-to-1 consultation for a detailed discussion about your situation.

Source: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-legalises-same-sex-marriage

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