In this case, the client was a highly successful contemporary artist whose home had been vandalised and destroyed in his come country because he chose a career in contemporary art that was not in practice with the conservative religious nature of the rural area he lived in, and had a Western partner. After an initial refusal of a waiver of Condition 8503 which was preventing him from lodging an onshore partner visa in Australia, and facing the prospect of having to return home to the violence, the visa holder contacted Northam & Associates who prepared a new, comprehensive 8503 waiver submission including complete references to all applicable migration law.
“Our client had already lost his home and his possessions when they were vandlised and destroyed by locals in his rural home town. While Condition 8503 waivers are not easy to get, especially after 1 refusal, we believed that this client had a very compelling story that, when combined with a comprehensive submission, would be successful. The alternative of having to depart Australia without his partner and returning to the kind of hatred and violence he had already endured was just not acceptable and we had to do everything we could.” — Mark Northam
Outcome: The waiver request was successful and the client was allowed to remain in Australia and lodge an onshore partner visa application.