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.
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 family visas are permanent, some can be leading to permenent residency and citizenship through temporary visa.
Some of them are listed below:
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.
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.
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.
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.