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Family VisaDirector, CRM – Australia2020-07-20T02:39:57+00:00

Family Visa

Australian partner/parent/child visas are part of wide range of family visa.
There are many family visa sub-classes. At Pacific Center we have agents who are specialised in Family migration. Whether in or out of Australia we can assist you in a range of family migration including visas for your partner, spouse child or parent.


About family visa to Australia?

If you are Australian citizens or permanent residents, you might want to bring your partner or family over to join you temporarily or permanently in Australia. This is when you want to apply for family visa.

Term Family migration covers all visas sponsored by family members who are Australian citizens permanent residents or eligible NZ citizens. Pacific Center  consultants can help with all aspects of  Family Migration both for clients located in and outside Australia

Whether you have a child or spouse or parents living abroad whom you want to join you, we can help you.

  • Partner and Spouse Visa
  • Child Visa
  • Parent Visa
  • Aged Parent Visa
  • Contributory Parent Visa
  • Contributory Aged Parent Visa
  • Carer Visa
  • Last Remaining Relative
  • Aged Dependent Relative

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Nine Classes and Subclasses of Family Visas in Australia

Family is important. It is the critical support system for an individual, and the Australian government understands that. That is why there are several types of family visas in Australia that can enable you to unite with your family members. The Australian Family migration streams have a range of visas available for eligible relatives of Australians. Some of them are listed below:

Parent Visa

If your child or children are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible citizen of New Zealand and you wish to relocate, you can apply for any of the parent visa subtypes below. Please note that a limited number of parental visas are issued per year. Therefore, there may be a queue of applications. Your child will be your sponsor, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Parent (Permanent) Visa – If you meet the above criteria and wish to relocate to Australia indefinitely, this is the visa you apply for. The current waiting period is up to 30 years.
  • Aged parent visa – This is a replica of the Parent ( Permanent) visa only designed for applicants eligible for the Aged Australian pension. This is subject to a 30-year waiting period.
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa – The applicant applies to live in the country for up to 2 years. The waiting period for this visa is short, and no assurance of support is necessary. You can also transition from this visa to permanent residency, but there is a process.
  • Contributory Parent (Permanent) Visa – You can apply for this visa if you hold the previous visa and still meet the eligibility criteria provided. Your child should be willing to sponsor you. Otherwise, additional eligibility criteria are necessary.
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa – This is similar to the Temporary Contributory Parent visa but is designed for applicants eligible for Australian aged pension.
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) Visa – This is the same as the Permanent Contributory Parent Visa designed for applicants qualified for the Australian Aged Pension.

Partner Visa

This class allows a defacto partner, spouse or a fiancé to immigrate to Australia to be with their partner. Those migrating to Australia with this visa are allowed temporary residence followed by permanent residency after a couple of years. They must have a partner who is an Australian Citizen, or permanent resident of Australia and can show they are “settled” in Australia. The subtypes are listed below.

  • Partner or Spouse Visa – You are eligible if you are married to an Australian citizen or permanent resident or have been in a de facto relationship with one for at least 12 months
  • Fiancé Visa – You may obtain this if you intend to marry an Australian citizen. It lasts nine months, and you should therefore, wed before the time elapses.

Child Visa

A parent who is permanently settled in Australia, a citizen, or a qualified New Zealand citizen can offer to be the sponsor for a child visa. There are two main differences.

If the concerned child is in Australia, they can immigrate as a permanent resident, a dependent child, or an orphaned relative.
If the child is not in Australia, they may obtain a dependent child visa, an adoption visa, or an orphaned relative visa.

Relative visa

Brothers, sisters, carers, and dependent relatives can also immigrate to Australia initially temporarily, which they can later change to a permanent visa. They are sponsored by Australian Citizens, permanent residents, and eligible New Zealand citizens. Some subtypes include:
Remaining Relative Visa – This is for people who are the only relative left outside of Australia. A married relative must also have no close relatives to the spouse in their present country or overseas.

  • Carer Visa – This is for someone who has a relative in Australia who needs to be taken care of. The need for personal care (either physical or mental) must be likely to continue for at least two years.
  • Aged dependent Relatives Visa – This allows for elderly relatives to reunite with their family. They have to have been primarily supported financially for the last two years by their Australian relatives.

Those who wish to obtain Australian family visas undergo meticulous checks. Some essential documents needed include health conformity reports and character certificates. They also have to meet the relevant pre-conditions. Feel free to consult an immigration lawyer to help you decide which visa to apply and which process to follow.

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Partner Migration

If you’re  in a relationship with an Australian, you could qualify for a visa based on that relationship. Your partner can be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or in certain cases an eligible New Zealand citizen. They act as the Sponsor of the application. You can be married or in a ‘de-facto’ relationship, and must meet a number of conditions to be eligible to apply.

Parent & Child Visa

There are several different Australian visas available in the family visa stream. Visas in this category include Parent visas, for those with children based permanently in Australia. Child visas allow children of Australian citizens or permanent residents to apply for residency. There are other visas in this category as well, so to discover if any are applicable to your situation, click below to find out more.

Do you have to be engaged to apply for a fiance visa?Director, CRM – Australia2020-03-31T04:29:24+00:00

No, you don’t need to be engaged to apply for fiance visa however, need to show your intent to get married within 9 months after visa is granted.

Do i have to be married to apply for partner visa 820?Director, CRM – Australia2020-03-31T01:35:38+00:00

No, you don’t have to be married to your partner but you must be in genuine relationship. You may be eligible for partner visa when you are engaged or in de facto relationship.

Do i need to pass English test for partner visa to Australia?Director, CRM – Australia2020-03-31T01:33:53+00:00

No, English test is not required, but you may be asked by Immigration department how do you communicate with your partner.

Is 820 partner visa permanent?Director, CRM – Australia2020-03-31T01:32:38+00:00

No, 820 partner visa is a temporary visa leading you to 801 visa which is permanent.

17 April 2019

From after 18 November 2016

The new sponsored family visa and approval of family sponsor changes commence on 17 April 2019.  These changes will NOT affect Partner visas on 17 April 2019 and that current arrangements will continue to operate.

At this stage, there is no time-frame for expansion of the new sponsorship framework to other family visas and therefore the current arrangements for existing visas, including partner visas, will continue to operate from 17 April 2019.

At this stage the new changes to Sponsored family visa’s, scheduled to commence on 17 April 2019 will only be implemented for the new Sponsored Parent (Temporary) 870 visa.

Once the above changes roll out to Partner visas it would mean that Sponsorships must be lodged first and approved before Partner visas can be lodged. If you are planning to apply for a Partner visa we recommend booking an appointment to discuss and understand how these changes may impact you.