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Australia Migration: How to Get Family Visas



Family visas are included in what the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officially calls Family Stream. Visas that fall into this category seek to reunite people who have close family members who are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens. There are several Australian visa options for partners, parents, fiancees, children and other close family members of Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or eligible citizens of New Zealand.

How to Get Family Visas

It is important to note that some Australia Visa options under Family Stream may be restricted and suspended, leading to extended wait times in some cases. It is imperative that you seek professional advice if you are considering emigrating to Australia under this category. Immigration agents will especially help you with this situation. Experienced immigration agents will be able to see if there is a better visa option for you to search.

Visa options within Family Stream

Partner Category

This category applies to:

• Married people

• Commitment of spouses

• domestic partners or what in some countries are called domestic partners, including same-sex relationships.

This category applies to you if you have a child in Australia and that child is an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. It seems pretty obvious, but there are actually many Australian visa options within this category, and an immigration attorney can guide you to the most appropriate one to increase your chances of submitting a successful application.

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At least 9 parent visa options are available. The first four visa options are for parents who qualify for the Australian Old Age Pension by virtue of their age, but after they are granted a permanent visa, they will have to wait 10 years before receiving the Old Age Pension.

If you are in Australia

1. Elderly parent visa (subclass 804)

2. Contributing Elder Parent Visa (Subclass 864)

3. Taxpayer Elder Parent Visa (Subclass 884)

4. Taxpayer Elder Parent Visa (from subclass 884 to subclass 864)

5. Contributing parent visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143)

If you are outside Australia

6. Parent visa (subclass 103)

7. Taxpayer Parent Visa (Subclass 143)

8. Contributing Parent Visa (Subclass 173)

9. Contributing parent visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143)

Child Category

This category applies to you if you are a dependent child, orphan relative or adopted child of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. There are at least 7 child visa options where differences apply as to whether the child is inside or outside Australia.

If the child is in Australia

1. Child (subclass 802)

2 – Orphan relative (subclass 837)

3. The dependent child visa (subclass 445)

If the child is outside Australia

4. Child (subclass 101)

5. Orphaned relatives (subclass 117)

6- Adoption (subclass 102)

7. The dependent child visa (subclass 445)

Other Family Category

Close family members of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and eligible New Zealand citizens who are not eligible for any of the Family Stream visa options listed above have remaining options to consider. Again, you will need professional help to go through the nitty-gritty of these visa options to see which one applies to you.

These visa options apply primarily to remaining family members, caregivers or dependent relatives who are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and eligible New Zealand citizens who wish to come to live in Australia permanently.

How to Get Family Visas

In Australia

1. Relative residual (subclass 835)

2 – An elderly dependent relative (subclass 838)

3- Caregiver (subclass 836)

4. Family Relationship Visa for Citizens of New Zealand (Subclass 461)

Outside Australia

5. The remaining relative visa (subclass 115)

6. An elderly dependent relative (subclass 114)

7. Caregiver visa (subclass 116)

8. Family Relationship Visa for Citizens of New Zealand (Subclass 461)

Humanitarian program: division of family provisions

Holders of permanent humanitarian visas can “propose” or request entry into Australia for their immediate family members through the humanitarian overseas program or what are more commonly known as the “family division” provisions. There are two very important conditions here, namely that the applicant must declare to her immediate family members before her visa is granted and that the external application must be made within 5 years after her visa is granted.

Who are the immediate family members?

  • Partner: the spouse or real partner of the applicant.
  • Dependent child: a minor child or an adopted child who is not older than 18 years or more than 18 years old but who is  dependent on the applicant.
  • Father: the applicant’s parents or stepmother if the applicant is under 18 years of age.

Within the family visa category alone, people applying for Australia entry visas have enough to learn and be considered to assess their eligibility and increase their chances of success. This is where immigration attorneys come into the picture. You can look for a trusted Australian immigration attorney to thoroughly assess your credentials. They will work with you and your family to achieve your ultimate goal of obtaining permanent visas for Australia.

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