Is there such thing as a "free ride" in Australian migration scheme?
Hmmmm....interesting question I would say. I think that is really subjective. It depends how you look at it.
For me, I would say "yes", there is such thing as a free ride. There are small little loop holes here and there. If you are working in Australian migration field like I do, you will spot some. Of course, we are not refer to anything illegal or dodgy here.
For example, an overseas student who are well qualify studying a degree which is in high priority list of the SOL. Easily s/he can get a PR through independent skilled migrant scheme. What if s/he just get into relationship just 1 month before s/he graduate and then tag his/her partner along as a dependent family member. For me, that is a "free ride" for that person. Anyway, that is solely my opinion and I do not expect anyone to agree with me.
That is purely my observation!!