The new legislative instrument: increases the VAC for some visas; expands the group benefitting from transitional arrangements related to the closure of subclass 187; adds one of the new regional visas to the visas for which, unless there are compelling and compassionate circumstances, the Minister must be satisfied that an applicant claiming to be in a de facto relationship has been in that relationship for at least 12 months at time of application; ensures that eligible family members can join an application for one of the new regional visas after it is made and before it is decided.
Some of the changes commence on 6 November 2019. The other changes commence on 16 November 2019.
The explanatory statement summarises the new instrument as follows:
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