Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa Refusals 2017-18


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Partner Visa and PMV Refusals 2017-18.

According to a Freedom of Information request that was released by the Department of Home Affairs in June 2019, it appears that 5.49% of Partner and PMV applications were refused, when submitted by a migration agent, but only 3.39% were refused when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent.

On one hand, and with just our first thoughts, this might appear that Migration Agents are not that good at their job, but could that really be true?

Some Migration agents  might not be, but I think that most would be, so WHY, would their refusal rates be higher?

We did our own Partner visa as it wasn’t an overly difficult one, and we had sufficient relationship proofs, so I felt that a Migration Agent wasn’t needed.  And THAT might be the answer…

If you know that your application is not straightforward, and that you have issues that might create difficulties, and the relationship proofs may not be clear to the Immigration officer that assesses it, then you may just use a Migration agent.


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So..

  1. The simple cases, that will probably get fewer refusals, are more often done by individuals themselves.
  2. The difficult cases are more likely to be done though a migration agent who may have a better chance (but not guaranteed) to get a grant.

In 2017/2018, migration agents lodged about 44% of all PMV and Partner visas, while about 56% were done by individuals themselves.

I am aware of some Migration Agents that will not submit anything other than a perfect application.

I am also aware that at least one Migration Agent advertises a 100% success rate. A friend who used them, but had their application rejected, told me about them.  They still advertise a 100% success rate. (This was some years ago, and maybe the 100% is based on recent cases only..)

The actual numbers in the Freedom of Information report:

Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa Refusals 2017/18.

  • 14.63% of Migration agent submitted subclass 300 Prospective Marriage visa applications were refused.
  • 10.89% of subclass 300 Prospective Marriage visa applications were refused, when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent.

Offshore Partner Visas

Subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) Visa Refusals 2017/18.

  • 6.73% of Migration agent submitted subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) visa applications were refused.
  • 4.59% of subclass 309 Partner (Provisional) visa applications were refused, when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent.

Subclass 100 Partner Visa Refusals 2017/18.

  • 6.81% of Migration agent submitted subclass 100 Partner visa applications were refused.
  • 4.68% of subclass 100 Partner visa applications were refused, when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent.

Onshore Partner Visas

Subclass 820 Partner Visa Refusals 2017/18.

  • 4.13% of Migration agent submitted subclass 820 Partner visa applications were refused.
  • 2.06% of subclass 820 Partner visa applications were refused, when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent.

Subclass 801 Partner Visa Refusals 2017/18.

  • 4.15% of Migration agent submitted subclass 801 Partner visa applications were refused.
  • 2.11% of subclass 801 Partner visa applications were refused, when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent.

Subclass Total Visa Refusals 2017/18.

  • 5.49% of all Migration agent submitted visa applications were refused.
  • 3.39% of all visa applications were refused, when submitted by an individual, without a migration agent.

Source: Freedom of Information 2018 FA 19/01/00376

Requested: 05 December 2018
Provided: 26 June 2019
homeaffairs.gov.au/foi/files/2018/fa-190100376-documents-released.PDF

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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