The world that we are living in at the moment is much different to what it was just a few months ago. We have had to adjust to a new normal and expect a much different future. Some of our clients have found themselves in difficult situations when the borders started to close and we have been lucky enough to be able to assist them.
We had a newly married coupled who were doing an Overseas Experience together, living in Europe. One is an Australian Citizen and the other is from Europe and had spent 7 years in Australia, but never became a permanent resident, so his visa restrictions meant he had to return to Europe. This is how they met and fell deeply in love. He asked her to marry him, and she followed him to Europe. The Australian Citizen travelled back to Australia to visit family in March and while she was here, the world changed. Despite all her efforts, she was unable to get back to Europe to return to her husband. In Australia, our borders closed to non-citizens and non-permanent residents so her husband could not join her in Australia. This has been a very tough time for this lovely couple, not knowing how long it will be before they are reunited. They missed out on being able to spend their first wedding anniversary together during this time and had to settle for a video call instead of a romantic dinner for two!
This lovely couple had already decided to return to Australia and make it their permanent home after they finished their overseas adventure. We have now been able to help them to lodge their application for a partner visa and this is what they have been concentrating on during this difficult time. They are never apart so this has been so difficult for them. This visa typically has long processing times with the department and requires a lot of supporting information. This couple have been wonderful with supplying us with the details we need to create a strong application and represent them in their dream to both settle in Australia. They will need to lodge the offshore partner visa, as the applicant is offshore at the time of application.
We hope this couple can be reunited soon. Thank goodness for technology but as we all know it is just not the same as being together and living under the same roof! Once travel opens up again, I am sure they will be one of the first ones to book a flight! They have had a couple of flights cancelled already. They would have never imagined they would be stuck like this – 15,000 kms apart!
If you need help with finding the right Visa for your situation or have any questions, please get in touch with us. Either go to www.aboutimmi.com.au and fill in our survey or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to hear from you.