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Family Visa Australia

Family visas are structured for family members who want to sponsor and bring their parents, spouse, partner, or children to Australia. There are various options for bringing your family into the country. If you are migrating to Australia, you may include your family along with you on your visa. Family visas are for Australian citizens or permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens. Australia offers a wide range of visas to the world to allow individuals to settle in the country and bring their families along.

The family stream migration program in Australia includes:

Parent Visa

The parent visa falls under the family visa category. This visa type applies when one’s child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. The child or their eligible partners can sponsor their parents to get a family visa to bring them to Australia. The definition of a parent for this visa category includes:

  • Biological Parent
  • Legal Parent
  • Adoptive Parent
  • Step-Parent
  • Parent-In-Law
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    Partner Visa 820

    The Partner Visa 820 allows a partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia. Both the temporary and permanent partner visas can be applied for together.

    Eligibility

    • 18 years of age
    • Have a sponsor
    • Meet our character requirement
    • Meet our health requirement
    • Not had a visa cancelled or an application refused
    • Pay your debts to the Australian Government
    • You must be the spouse or de facto partner of an: Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

    Stay

    Temporarily while we process your permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) application or it is withdrawn

    Processing Time

    75% of applications: 21 months

    90% of applications: 26 months

    Partner Visa 801

    The Partner Visa 820 allows a partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia. Both the temporary and permanent partner visas can be applied for together.

    Eligibility

    • Hold a Partner visa (subclass 820) or Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)
    • Pay your debts to the Australian Government
    • You must still be in a relationship with your spouse or de facto partner

    Stay

    Permanent

    Processing Time

    75% of applications: 11 months

    90% of applications: 19 months

    Partner (Provisional) Visa 309

    The Partner (Provisional) Visa 309 allows the spouse or partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

    Eligibility

    • Meet relationship requirements
    • Have a sponsor
    • Married applicants must usually, be 18 or older when they apply.
    • Meet our health requirement
    • Meet our character requirement
    • Pay your debts to the Australian Government
    • Not had a visa cancelled or an application refused

    Stay

    Temporary

    Processing Time

    75% of applications: 18 months

    90% of applications: 23 months

    Partner (Migrant) Visa 100

    The Partner (Migrant) Visa 100 allows the spouse or partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

    Eligibility

    • You must hold: a Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309), or a Dependent Child (subclass 445) visa
    • Continue to meet relationship requirements
    • Pay your debts to the Australian Government

    Stay

    Permanent

    Processing Time

    75% of applications: 13 months

    90% of applications: 22 months

    Contributory Parent Visa 143

    The Contributory Parent Visa 143 is a permanent visa that allows the parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to move to Australia.

    Stay

    Permanent

    Processing Time

    64 months

    Eligibility

    • Have a sponsor
    • Have assurance of support
    • Have health insurance
    • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
    • Meet the balance-of-family test
    • Meet the character requirement
    • Meet the health requirement
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
    • Sign the Australian values statement
    • You can apply for a Parent visa (subclass 143) as a retiree
    • You cannot apply for this visa if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa

    Temporary Parent Visa 173

    The Temporary Parent Visa 173 is a permanent visa that allows the parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to move to Australia.

    Eligibility

    • Have a sponsor
    • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
    • Meet the balance-of-family test
    • Meet the character requirement
    • Meet the health requirement
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
    • Sign the Australian Values Statement
    • You cannot apply for this visa if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa

    Stay

    2 years

    Processing Time

    64 months

    Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864

    The Contributory Aged Parent Visa 864 is a permanent visa that allows an aged parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to move to Australia.

    Eligibility

    • Have a sponsor
    • Have assurance of support
    • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
    • Meet the balance-of-family test
    • Meet the character requirement
    • Meet the health requirement
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
    • Sign the Australian values statement
    • You cannot apply for this visa if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa
    • You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia

    Stay

    Permanent

    Processing Time

    64 months

    Aged Parent Visa 804

    The Aged Parent Visa 804 is a permanent visa that allows an aged parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen to move to Australia.

    Eligibility

    • Have a sponsor
    • Have assurance of support
    • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
    • Meet the balance-of-family test
    • Meet the character requirement
    • Meet the health requirement
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
    • Sign the Australian values statement
    • You cannot apply for this visa if you have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa
    • You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia

    Stay

    Permanent

    Processing Time

    64 months

    Last Remaining Relative Visa 115

    This permanent visa lets people move to Australia to be with their only close family members.

    Eligibility

    • You must be sponsored by an eligible parent or step-parent, sibling or step-sibling, or an eligible partner of your relative
    • Not have other near relatives
    • Have assurance of support
    • Meet the health requirement
    • Meet the character requirement
    • Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
    • Sign the Australian values statement
    • We will not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18

    Stay

    Permanent

    Processing Time

    Processing times are not available

    Partner or Spouse Visa

    A partner or spouse visa allows Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to bring their partner to the country to live together. This visa type is applicable for same-sex couples too. The pre-requirements for applying for a partner visa under any stream are as follows:

    • The applicant and their Australian spouse or partner must be committed to sharing their lives like husband and wife. However, they do not need to be legally married.
    • Their relationship needs to be genuine and enduring.
    • The applicant and their Australian partner or spouse live together permanently.
    • If not married, the applicant and their Australian partner should be in a relationship for at least 12 months. The applicant will have to demonstrate that they have lived with their partner during this period.
    • Both the parties, the applicant and the Australian partner, must be 18 years and above.

    De-facto partners for partner visa processing are for couples who are:

    • Not married
    • Committed to each other for a shared life (to the exclusion of all others)
    • Not related by family
    • Live together or do not live or intend to live separately permanently

    Relative Visa

    This visa category is designed for people who have only near relatives living in Australia. Relative visas are granted based on a close family relationship with an eligible relative or sponsor living in the country. To access this visa, the applicant must be 66 years of age or above and financially dependent on the relative residing in Australia or either the applicant or their partner’s only remaining relatives must be settled in Australia, and they wish to stay with them. For this visa type, you can be sponsored by or related to an individual who is:

    • An Australian citizen, or
    • An Australian permanent resident, or
    • An eligible New Zealand citizen

    Children Visa

    The children visa category is applicable for the dependent/adopted/orphaned children of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens. The applicant must be below the age of 25. However, if their age is 18 or above, they must be a full-time student and depending on the sponsoring parent. This visa stream is structured to permit the children of a settled eligible Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to come to the country to live with them. Child visas have both onshore and offshore visa options available. To be eligible for a child visa, the child has to be either a:

    • Biological child
    • Stepchild
    • Adopted Child

    Visa Subclasses

    The visa subclasses for migrating to Australia under the family visa category include:

    • The Temporary Scheme – This scheme permits the family members of the Australian sponsor to enter the country and stay with them for a defined period of time and work in Australia based on the visa conditions. The family members for this scheme include parents, partners, children, or relatives.
    • The Permanent Scheme – This scheme allows the family members of the Australian sponsor to visit and stay permanently in the country. A permanent resident enjoys almost the same benefits as an Australian citizen, with a few minor exceptions. The family members for this scheme include parents, partners, children, or relatives.

    The visas under the family stream migration program take a long time to process due to the high volume of visa applications. Depending on the personal profile of the applicant and their visa requirements, the processing time may vary. The application may take longer to process if the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requires extra information or additional documentary evidence. The DHA may collect additional information from the applicants as well as external agencies. The temporary visa category is subject to minor assessment procedure and conditions in comparison to the permanent visa. It is advisable to consider the processing time while applying for a family visa.

    Why Choose Us?

    The Australian immigration process is complicated, and hence there’s a need for correct guidance to make a successful visa application. Though there is plenty of information available online, it may only help you know about the visa streams and processes available. To ensure a successful visa application, you will require an immigration agent/visa consultant, who will provide complete details on the procedure and suggest options as per your requirements and eligibility. The visa consultants at Southern Stone are trained professionals capable of guiding you through the application form to help you process your application with ease.

    Whether you reside within Australia or outside, we can guide you with various family migration visa options. We guide carer and remaining relative visas as well. Please speak to our family immigration agent to receive complete information and the latest updates on family migration prospects. Southern Stone has a track record of acquiring the positive outcome required for the client.

    Our family migration consultants can run you through the various visa categories available and help you pick the most appropriate one. We know how important it is for you to have your family around you in Australia to build a loving home. Keeping this in mind, our team puts in their efforts to do their best to bring your family member to Australia. Please speak to us regarding all your family visa queries and concerns.

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