Family and dependents can be included in this visa. Extended family who wants to migrate to Australia that cannot be included as dependents can be assessed for other visa options under the family stream options.
Most applicants who have lived in Australia for a reasonable period and want to bring family members to Australia are able to plan what kind of visas they will require. There are many kinds of family visas, and the type of visas they will be eligible for will depend on the length of their visit to Australia and what their short-term and long-term intentions are during this period.
If your family want to visit you for some period less than 12 months the types of visas they can apply for can be within the following subclasses:
May also be used for family who want to visit you for a period no less than 6 months either for holiday or/ and conduct business visits. Your travel agent will usually apply for this visa for you before you book your tickets. Basic requirements must be met at the time of application to demonstrate that your intended visit to Australia meets the criteria of the short-term visitor’s visa.
Should the purpose of the visit be to accompany and remain longer than 12 months, then the visa chosen must be according to the relationship that exists between the family member overseas and the person they want to visit in Australia.
SC309/100 Offshore Partner Visa
These visa subclasses are for persons with a genuine spouse or genuine defacto partner relationship with an Australian citizen, Permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for more than 12 months and can demonstrate this. If the main applicant seeking the partner visa is out of Australia at the time of application, then this subclass will apply. You will need to remain offshore generally until this visa is granted.
SC820/801 Partner visas
Can be applied for whilst the main applicant is within Australia as long as all criteria are met in terms of genuine relationship and living together for more than 12 months. The applicant must be in the genuine relationship with Australian citizen, Permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Factors that will determine if this can be lodged from within Australia will depend on the visa you currently hold before application and its conditions. Children under the age of 23 may be included as a dependent in the application. Children older than 23 will have to apply for a relevant visa as they are no longer considered as adult dependent. Ask us about other options during your consultation.
Should you require your family to live in Australia permanently, there are other visa subclasses they can satisfy.
SC 103 Parent Visa and SC804 Aged Parent Visa
Allows older parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia permanently. These visas can take up to 30 years to process.
Aged parents must have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, be old enough to receive the Australian aged pension and at least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country. There is an extremely long processing time for this visa and it is capped each year. Key requirements such as the balance of the family test must be met along with other criteria.
Should you want to bring your parents sooner to Australia you may access the faster processing parent visa which can take up to 30 -40 months to finalize.
SC143 Contributory Parent Visa and SC864 contributory Aged parent visa
These visas are costlier but can be processed within a faster timeline compared to the regular parent visa.
Applicants are required to meet the balance-of-family test. This means that at least half of your children live permanently in Australia or more of your children live permanently in Australia than in anyone other country. Aged parents must be of a pension receiving age in Australia.
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