Family Visa

 Family Visa 

There are a number of migration options for fiancé(e)s, partners, children, parents and other family members of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens.
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  1. Partner Migration
    Partner migration allows for the grant of a visa for partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to enter and/or to remain permanently in Australia. Relevant partners include legally married husband and wife, de facto partners and interdependent partners (including those in a same-sex relationship).

    Initially, partners who meet the legal criteria for the grant of the visa are granted a temporary visa. Later, a permanent visa may be granted following an eligibility period or, if there is a longstanding relationship or children of the relationship, soon after grant of the temporary visa.

    Partner migration also allows for the temporary entry to Australia of intended spouses (fiancé(e)s) of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens.

    As the partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you do not have an automatic right of permanent residence in Australia.

    You must apply and be assessed against the legal criteria for the grant of a partner visa.
    There are 3 types of partner visas:

    • Prospective Marriage visa,
    • Spouse visa, and
    • Interdependency visa.

    The type of partner visa for which you should apply depends on the type of relationship you are in. 

  2. Child Migration
    For migration to Australia as a child (child, orphan relative or adoption categories), the following basic requirements must be met.

    The child must be the natural, adopted or step-child of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and must be sponsored by that parent. A child applying outside Australia who was adopted after their parent became an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen cannot apply in this category, and should consider applying in the adoption category.

    The child must be under 25, but if aged 18 or over, must be a full-time student and dependent on their sponsoring parent. The only exception to the age limit and full-time student requirement is where the child has a disability which stops them from working.

  3. Parent Migration
    There are 2 categories of parent visas:

    • the parent category, and
    • the contributory parent category.

    These 2 parent categories provide eligible parents of settled Australian citizens, settled Australian permanent residents or settled eligible New Zealand citizens with the choice of 3 migration pathways to Australia.

    Depending on their circumstances, applicants may apply for an offshore or onshore visa.

    Within the Family Stream of Australia’s annual Migration Program, a limited number of visa places have been allocated to parent migration. In the 2007–2008 Migration Program year:

    • 1000 parent category visa places were allocated, with approximately 700 visas granted to be
    granted to offshore applicants and 300 visas to onshore applicants; and

    •  3500 contributory parent category visa places were allocated, with approximately 3150 visas to
    be granted to offshore applicants and approximately 350 visas to onshore applicants.

    This visa place limit is reviewed by the Australian Government each year when it considers the annual Migration Program.

    The parent category is a direct pathway to permanent residence.

    The contributory parent category has the option of either a one or 2-visa pathway to permanent residence.

  4. Other Family Migration
    For migration to Australia in the other family categories (aged dependent relative, remaining relative or carer), the following basic requirements must be met:

    • Aged dependent relative
    • You must be a single, widowed, divorced or formally separated aged person who is dependent on a relative who lives in Australia.
    • Your relative must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • You must have been dependent on the relative for at least 3 years before your application.
    • You can apply outside Australia or in Australia.
    • Your relative or their spouse (if any) must sponsor you. Your sponsor must be aged 18 years or older.
    • An Assurance of Support is also required.
    • Remaining relative
    • You must be the brother, sister or child (or step-relative to the same degree) of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • You must have no near relatives other than those who are usually resident in Australia and are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.
    • You can apply outside Australia or in Australia.
    • Your relative or their spouse (if any) must sponsor you. Your sponsor must be aged 18 years or older. Please note that there are limitations on sponsorship that apply to the remaining relative category.
    • Carer
    • You must be willing and able to give substantial, continuing assistance to an Australian relative (or a member of their family unit) who has a medical condition that is causing physical, intellectual or sensory impairment of their ability to attend to the practical aspects of daily life. The need for assistance must be likely to continue for at least 2 years.
    • Your relative must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • You can apply outside Australia or in Australia.
    • Your relative or their spouse (if any) must sponsor you. Your sponsor must be aged 18 years or older.