Family Migrants

Parents may be eligible to migrate to Australia if their child (natural, adopted or step-child) is in Australia and is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Parent Visa Categories

There are currently six classes of Parent visas which fall into two major categories – non-contributory and contributory. They may also be classified on the basis of an applicant’s age; and temporary and permanent residence. Permanent options allow a five-year stay in Australia (following which you will need to apply for further visas, such as Resident Return Visas, to continue living lawfully in Australia), work and study, access Medicare, travel, and eventually consider application for citizenship.

Due to the “cap and queue” restrictions on non-contributory parent visas which limit the number of visas that can be processed in a given year, they currently take between 25 to 30 years.

  • While contributory parent visas have much shorter processing times, allowing for more feasible options, they are much more expensive.
  • The advantage of non-contributory visas is that the costs are significantly lower. However the aforementioned ‘cap and queue’ arrangement means a significant delay before consideration of applications due to the low number of places allocated each program year.
  • Applicants may also consider first applying for the temporary options and then transitioning to the permanent options so as to stagger the costs of the fees to the Department into manageable amounts.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a parent visa, you must be sponsored by your child, or another eligible sponsor, in Australia. Your spouse and other dependent family members may be included in your application if they meet the specified requirements. To be eligible for this visa, you must pass the Balance of Family test and meet age requirements.

Balance of Family Test

The total number of children and their permanent residence location affects the balance of family test. The test specifies that:

  • At least half of your children should be permanent residents in Australia;OR
  • You should have more children living permanently in Australia than in any other country

The Balance of Family test can be complex, with possibility of several combinations. For ALL parent visas, it is necessary to pass the Balance of Family test. Please contact us to confirm your eligibility and further requirements regarding your proposed application.

Age Criteria

An ‘aged parent’ is one who is old enough to be granted an Australian age pension. However, there is a waiting period of 10 years before you can receive the Australian age pension (unless there is a reciprocal agreement with another country which pays you a pension). Feel free to contact us for more details about the eligibility criteria for you.

Note: The requirement to be an ‘aged parent’ is necessary only for the primary applicant for an onshore parent visa.

Note: There are a limited number of parent visa grants each year, and this number is reviewed annually by the Australian Immigration Authority.

Depending on where the applicants are located, they can apply for an onshore or offshore visa.

Other categories are,

Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)
Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 173) – Temporary
Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143) – Permanent
Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 884) – Temporary
Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864) – Permanent
Aged Dependent Relative Visa (subclass 114) – Offshore
Aged Dependent Relative Visa (subclass 838) – Onshore

Please contact us to discuss your requirements or click here for a detailed assessment of your particulars towards migration to Australia.

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Partner Visas

This visa is for people who want to enter Australia on the basis of their relationship with their partner. ALL partner visas require sponsorship by the partner and mandate that the partner must be

  • an Australian citizen or
  • an Australian permanent resident or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen

Partner Visa Categories

Onshore Visa Options

  • Partner Visa Overview
  • Spouse / De Facto (Permanent) Visa
  • Spouse / De Facto Visa (Provisional)
  • Interdependency (Provisional) Visa

Offshore Visa Options

  • Prospective Marriage Visa
  • Spouse / De Facto (Provisional) Visa
  • Spouse / De Facto (Permanent) Visa
  • Interdependency (Provisional) Visa

In the case of partner visas, you apply for a temporary and permanent visa at the same time on the same application form.

You are granted a temporary spouse visa if you meet all the initial criteria. This visa remains valid until a decision is made on your permanent visa application. If you continue to meet all legal requirements and if the spousal relationship is ongoing 2 years after application for a temporary visa, a permanent visa may be granted.

You may, however, be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual two-year waiting period if, at the time you apply,:

  • you have been in a spouse relationship with your partner for 5 years or more, or 2 years or more where there are dependent children of your relationship; or
  • your spouse was granted a protection visa or a permanent visa under the humanitarian program and you were in the relationship before the visa was granted and this had been declared to the department at the time.

All permanent visas are generally valid for 5 years from the date of grant. Beyond this, while you are allowed to live indefinitely in Australia, you will need a Resident Return Visa to re-enter Australia when travelling overseas, unless you obtain Australian Citizenship prior to your permanent visa’s expiry.

Onshore Partner Visas

For temporary partner visa grants, if you lodge your application while you are in Australia, you must be in Australia when the temporary partner visa is granted.

For permanent partner visa grants, if you lodge your application while you are in Australia, you must be in Australia when the permanent partner visa is granted.

Offshore Partner Visas

For temporary partner visa grants, if you lodge your partner visa application while you are outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the temporary partner visa is granted.

For permanent partner visa grants, if you lodge your partner visa application while you are outside Australia, you may be either in or outside Australia when the permanent visa is granted.

Child visas – inclusive of all subclasses – are available to: dependent/adopted/orphaned children of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

The child must be under 25, but if aged 18 or over, the child must be a full-time student and dependent on the sponsoring parent.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements or click here for a detailed assessment of your particulars towards migration to Australia.

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Child Visa Categories

There are 3 types of permanent child visas: child visa, orphan relative visa and adoption visa.

There is one type of temporary child visa: dependent child visa. Applications for this visa can be made both offshore and onshore.

Permanent Child Visas (Onshore and Offshore)

This visa is a permanent visa that allows a child under 25 years of age to remain in Australia with their parents. The parent must act as sponsor for the child and can also lodge the visa application on behalf of the child.

This visa allows the visa holder to:

  • live permanently in Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years from the date the visa is granted. After the 5-year period, the applicant will have to either apply for a resident return visa or Australian citizenship, if eligible

Please contact us to discuss your requirements or click here for a detailed assessment of your particulars towards migration to Australia.

If you want to get your self check eligible for migration assessment do fill up our Migration Assessment form or contact us at info@worldwideimmigration.com

Courtesy: Easymigrate.com (our counterparts in Australia)

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