AUSTRALIAN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS & MIGRATION UPDATE
On 9 December 2017 laws legalising same-sex marriage in Australia, and recognising same-sex marriages having previously taken place overseas, came into effect.
Until now under Australian migration law, same-sex couples could apply for a partner visa as de-facto partners. This option is distinct from heterosexual couples who have had the option to apply for either a partner visa as de-facto partners or married spouses.
The Australian Migration Act, 1954 (Cth) takes its definition about marriage from the Marriage Act, 1961 (Cth). For new applicants, as a result of the amendments to the Marriage Act, 1961 (Cth), same-sex couples’ options for migration together to Australia will increase.
Regulations associated with the ‘Member of the Family Unit’ will also be impacted. This legislation applies to those defined as a member of a family unit (i.e. a spouse) applying as a secondary applicant or as the sponsoring partner.
For further information about how these changes may affect your migration options, contact IOM on 1300 921 811.
NOTE: Information is current at 11 December 2017.
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