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SUBCLASSES OF AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISAS
One thing that is consistent around the world is family. The Australian Government understands the importance of the family unit and keeping families connected no matter the distance or time spent apart.
For this reason, there are nine different classes and subclasses of family visas designed to unite families that are spread across more than one country. Some of these family visas are temporary, and some can lead to permanent residency and citizenship through a temporary visa.
Suppose your child or children have become Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible citizen of New Zealand, and you wish to join them. In that case, you will need to apply for one of the subtypes of family visas below.
The Australian Government only issues a limited number of parental visas per year, which means that any parent visa application may be queued in a backlog. Your child or one of your children will need to be your sponsor. To sponsor your visa, your child will have to meet the eligibility criteria.
Examples of Australian Parent visa subclasses include:
- Parent (permanent) visa
- Aged parent visa
- Contributory parent (temporary) visa
- Contributory (permanent) visa
- Contributory aged parent (temporary) visa o
- Contributory aged parent (permanent) visa
Depending on which visa applies to your unique situation, there can be long waiting periods, some as long as 30-years.
For a comprehensive rundown on Australian Parent Visas, call our help desk to arrange a consultation online or by phone. You can read the parent visa subclass-103 government legislation by heading to immi.homeaffairs.gov.au or call us on 1300 10 50 50 to find out more.
An Australian partner visa allows de facto partners, spouses, or fiances to immigrate to Australia to be with their partners. If all criteria are met, partners migrating to Australia will be issued with a temporary residence visa that can become a permanent residency visa after a couple of years. Your partner must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident that can show they have “settled” into Australian life.
The two different subtypes of Australian Partner Visa are shown below:
- Partner or Spouse Visa – is designed for people who are in a formal or legal relationship for a certain period of time. There is a lot of misunderstanding into exact legal requirements and this is why we work with clients case-by-case as there are no two identical cases. Partner visa requires that the partners have been in a genuine relationship for varying periods of time, however not always 12 months is required ( one of the visa myths).
- Fiancé Visa – This visa subclass is for those who intend to marry an Australian citizen. This visa expires after nine months, and couples should therefore be wed before this time elapses.
For more comprehensive information regarding Australian Partner Visas, contact one of our expert agents or head to immi.homeaffairs.gov.au.
If one parent is permanently settled in Australia, is an Australian citizen, or a qualified New Zealand citizen, an application can be made for a sponsored child visa. Two criteria affect this visa.
If the child is already in Australia, they can immigrate as a:
- Permanent resident
- Dependant child
- Orphaned relative
If the child is outside of Australia, they may need to obtain a:
- Dependent child visa
- Adoption visa
- Orphaned visa
For advice on which visa may pertain to your unique circumstance, contact one of our understanding and knowledgeable agents or head to immi.homeaffairs.gov.au.
Relative visas allow family members such as brothers, sisters, carers, and dependant relatives to immigrate on a temporary visa, later becoming a permanent visa. Relatives and carers must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Three of the main subtypes of Australian Relative Visa include:
- Remaining relative visa – This relates to people who are the only relative left outside Australia.
- Carer visa – A carer visa applies to anyone with a relative in Australia who requires ongoing care. The person’s mental or physical condition in question must be likely to continue for at least two years to be eligible.
- Aged dependent relative visa – This visa allows elderly relatives left outside of Australia to reunite with their family. They must have received primary financial support from an Australian citizen or permanent resident for at least two years prior.
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When applying for a Partner visa you may need to register a relationship.
Rules for registering a civil partnership:
Use this application form to register your relationship as a civil partnership without a declaration ceremony.
You need to be 18 or older and at least 1 partner must live in Queensland. Neither partner can be married or already in a civil partnership (or registered relationship).
It will take you about 15 minutes to complete this application form.
- Answer the questions.
- Download and print the completed application form.
- Visit a Justice of the Peace with your partner. Take your proof of ID and supporting documents to have them certified and to complete the statutory declaration section of the application form.
- Submit the application form by post to Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, PO Box 15188, CITY EAST QLD 4002.
There is no fee to register your civil partnership.
Any eligible couple can enter a civil partnership.
To be eligible:
- both partners must
- be over 18
- provide 3 forms of proof of ID
- not be married or already in a civil partnership
- it can’t be a prohibited relationship
- at least 1 partner must currently live in Queensland
- you must provide evidence that you are no longer married (e.g. a divorce or death certificate) if you have ever been married
- all your documents must be in English, or supplied with accredited translations as well as the original document
- you and your partner must read the legal effects of a civil partnership.
The NSW relationship register provides legal recognition for adults in a relationship, provided at least one of them lives in NSW.
If you and your partner would like to register your relationship, you can do so online.
Fees are attached to an application with the total amount varying depending on whether you’d like a relationship ceremony and/or commemorative certificates.
Note: Applications can be saved and resumed for a period of 90 days. If they have not been submitted within that time, they expire.
- one of you lives in NSW
- you’re both over 18 years of age
- you’re not married to each other or anyone else
- you’re not in a registered relationship in another state or territory in Australia
- you’re not in a relationship as a couple with another person
- you’re not related by family.
What you need
- each partner will need to provide:
- the partner residing in NSW may need to provide a document from a fourth category
- a current credit card for payment.
To register a domestic relationship:
You both need to take part in registering the relationship
You both need to prove your identity
One of you will need to provide evidence you live in Victoria.
You can apply to register a domestic relationship in Victoria if you are a couple and:
- You’re both at least 18 years old
- At least one of you lives in Victoria
- You’re not already:
- In a registered relationship, or
- In another relationship that could be registered
- You provide domestic support to each other
- You’re committed to each other both personally and financially.
It takes at least 28 days (4 weeks) from the date we receive a complete and valid application to register a relationship. To learn more, select the ‘Timeframes and delivery’ tab, below.
You can apply for a relationship certificate when you apply to register the relationship or at any later date.
Immigration and registered relationships
For information about registering your relationship for immigration purposes, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection
To register a domestic relationship:
If you are applying for property or maintenance orders after the breakdown of a de facto relationship, you must provide evidence of the relationship. The Court can only make orders if the relationship meets certain requirements.
To prove the de facto relationship meets the legislative requirements, you need to file an affidavit dealing with the following matters when you make your application:
- length of relationship
- connection to Western Australia
The affidavit must establish that at least one of the parties is residing in Western Australia on the day the application is made.
Length of relationship
You need to establish one of these three situations:
- that you lived in a de facto relationship with the other party for at least two years, or
- that you lived in a de facto relationship for less than 2 years but:
- there is a child of the relationship under the age of 18 years and failure to make orders would result in serious injustice to the party who is caring or responsible for the child; or
- the partner applying for the order has made substantial financial, non-financial or homemaker/parent contributions and failing to make orders would result in serious injustice.
Connection to Western Australia
The affidavit must also establish at least one of the following 2 things:
- that both you and the other party resided in Western Australia for at least one third of the period of your de facto relationship; or
- that substantial financial, non-financial or homemaker/parent contributions have been made by you or the other party while residing in Western Australia.
What is a significant relationship
A significant relationship is a legally recognised relationship between two adults.
Your significant relationship does not have to be registered to be recognised, but you may find it useful to have a certificate to prove that your relationship exists in emergency situations or when dealing with government agencies.
You can register a significant relationship in Tasmania if you are a couple who:
- both live in Tasmania
- are not married or related by family
The law relating to partnerships in the Northern Territory is less sophisticated than in the other jurisdictions because it provides for only two kinds of partnerships to be formed: general partnerships and incorporated limited partnerships. Most of the other jurisdictions (with the exception of the Australian Capital Territory) also allow a person to establish a ‘limited partnership’, which are discussed briefly below.
The law relating to partnerships in the Northern Territory is contained in the Partnership Act. The government body responsible for regulating partnerships (including keeping a register of incorporated limited partnerships) is the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Registering your relationship with Consumer and Business Services (CBS) means that your relationship is legally recognised. It can make it easier to access entitlements and assert your rights, including in medical situations. Registering your relationship is not the same as getting married.
Who can register
You can register your relationship if you are 18 years of age or older and in a relationship with another person as a couple. At least one of you must live in South Australia. Couples may apply irrespective of their sex or gender identity.
Your relationship can’t be registered if you or your partner are:
- already in a registered relationship or corresponding law registered relationship
- in a relationship as a couple with another person
- related by family.
Registering a relationship
When you apply you’ll need to upload these documents:
- certified copies of identity documents for both people in the relationship – proof of ID form (PDF 121KB)
- a certified copy of a document that proves at least one person is currently living in South Australia
- if either party has previously been married, in a registered relationship or corresponding law registered relationship, you must upload a certified copy of evidence that the previous relationship has ended.
REGISTERED AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION AGENCY SPECIALIZING IN FAMILY VISA
Visa to Australia is an arm of the Pacific Center group based in Airlie Beach in far North Queensland. We are a Registered Australian Migration Agency (MARN 0743766) specialising in all governmental, bureaucratic, legal and personal aspects of the Australian visa application process. Our unique services are tailored to each individual’s case, and our consultants will be by your side throughout the entire visa process and beyond. We are dedicated to providing a world-class visa and immigration service that hold true to our values of transparency, reliability and professionalism.
To learn more about how we could help you or your family with the Australian visa process, or would like to know how to get a permanent residency visa Australia, then contact our friendly helpdesk via phone or email.