Labor MP moves on visa changes in pandemic

Rebecca Gredley
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A federal Labor MP hopes to make it easier for people applying for Australian partner visas during the coronavirus pandemic.

Victorian-based MP Julian Hill plans to introduce a private member's bill with the support of his Labor colleagues, suspending the need for partner visa applicants to leave Australia.

The change would exist for 2021.

Spouses of Australian citizens applying for the initial partner visa must be outside Australia when they apply, with the nation's international border closure creating complications.

It also means applicants are taking up limited places in the hotel quarantine system.

The bill aims to deal with the blowout on the wait list for the visa, currently at more than 100,000 people who have been waiting about two years.