The article below is applicable to those individuals who are seeking immigration to Australia under the family visa category.
In order to be able to make an application for a family visa, it is a prerequisite that the relationship be with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an ENZ citizen.
The nature of this relationship differs according to the different subclass of visa that is applied for. We detail all the various options below.
The Family Visa Options
- Child (subclasses 101 and 802)– this is applicable to applicants who are the children of an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa or an ENZ citizen.
- Dependent child (subclass 445) – this family visa is for dependent children of holders of a provisional partner visa.
- Adoption (subclass 102)– where an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa or an ENZ citizen has adopted a child.
- Orphan Relative (subclasses 837 and 117) – where an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen has an orphaned relatives.
- Parent (subclass 103) – where the applicant is the parent(s) of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen.
- Aged Parent (subclass 804)– for aged parent(s) of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen.
- Contributory Aged Parent (subclasses 864 and 884)– for aged parent(s) of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen.
- Contributory Parent (subclasses 143 and 173)– for the parent(s) of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen.
- Aged Dependent Relative (subclasses 114 and 838) – Where an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen relative has a single, widowed, divorced or formally separated relative who is dependent on them.
- Carer (subclasses 116 and 836) –
- to care for a relative in Australia with a long-term or permanent medical condition
- to assist a relative providing this care to a member of their family unit with a long-term or permanent medical condition.
- Remaining Relative (subclasses 115 and 835)– where it is the last remaining relative of an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen.
Sponsorship requirements for family visas
In order for an application to be made for a family visa, the Australian citizen, permanent resident or ENZ citizen must act as the sponsor. Requirements for sponsorship include:
- The sponsor for an ‘Other relatives’ category visa must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or an ENZ citizen, and must be at least 18 years of age.
- For a permanent visa applicant, the sponsor has an obligation to assist the applicant, to the extent necessary, financially and in relation to accommodation for a 2-year period.
- The sponsor’s circumstances should provide evidence of their means to support the applicant.
- Where it is an ENZ acting as the sponsor, they must satisfy health and character tests.
Getting advice on the family visa for Australia
Your journey begins with an assessment, before you get your hopes up and spend considerable sums of money. The assessment will tell you whether Australia is even an option for you and if so which options and costs are involved.
Where you to go for your assessment and advice is clearly defined by the Australian Government. Agents in Australia must be licensed agents or exempt. For many reading this, the preference for obvious reasons will be to enlist the services of an agent in your home country. In doing so, we urge you to take care. There are too many stories of agents’ taking large suns of money under false pretences and avoiding this should be of paramount importance to you.
Simply put, only use agents that are correctly licensed. You can search for these here on the Migration Authority’s Website. Further beware of agents with DIBP numbers. A DIBP number does not mean an agent is registered – they are given this number purely for admin purposes.
You can also view our licensed immigration agent’s, Katrin Maja Maehl, registration here.