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Visa Type: Family Visa

The Australian family migration stream aims to reunite immediate and extended family members with their eligible Australian relatives. Applicants wishing to migrate under the family migration scheme must be sponsored by a close family relative who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen over the age of 18.

Introduction

To be eligible for the Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) Visa, the applicant must be engaged to be married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

This pathway is for applicants who are outside of Australia. The Prospective Marriage Visa is a 9-month temporary visa that allows applicants to travel to Australia to marry their Australian partner. Prior to the end of this nine-month period, applicants can stay in Australia applying for an onshore Subclass 820/801 visa.

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Entitlements

Once you will be granted a Prospective marriage Visa (subclass 300), you will be entitle to:

  • Come to Australia and stay for up to 9 months from date of grant of visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia at your own expense
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want

You can include a dependent child or children in your application.

After you are married, within the 9 months of the Visa, you can apply for a Subclass 820/801 visa. You will pay less for the Partner visa if you apply for it while your Prospective Marriage visa is still valid.

Requirements

To be eligible for this visa, applicants must be meet the following criteria:

  • Be engaged to be married to an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen.
  • have met at least once and know your prospective spouse
  • be 18 or older
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Be onshore (subclass 820) or offshore (subclass 309) when you make the application and when a decision is made on your temporary visa application.

How long can you stay?

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for up to 9 months from date of grant of visa. The visa period starts on the date it is granted. You must marry your Fiancé within that time to apply for the Partner Visa (subclass 820).

Application Fees and processing time

a.Main Applican: $7,715.00

b. Secondary Applicant over 18: $3,860.00

c. Secondary applicant under 18: $1,935.00

Processing Time – 18 to 24 months

Introduction

To be eligible for these Visa, the applicant must be married or in a de-facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

The Partner Visa is a Temporary Visa, which allows the applicant to live and work in Australia, and leads to Permanent Residency after 2 years.

There are two main visa through which partners of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents can obtain a visa for Australia, depending on the individual circumstances and whether the person applying for the visa is onshore or offshore:

1. Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801- Onshore) Visa

The applicant must be in Australia to access this Visa.

This is a Two Stage Visa – 820/801. 

The initial stage, the subclass 820, requires the applicant to be married, or have been in a De Facto relationship for at least 12 months, with an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen.

Two years from the date of application for the subclass 820 visa, the applicant is invited to submit evidence that the relationship is continuing, to allow the Department of Home Affairs to grant the applicant with the Permanent Residency, the Subclass 801 visa.

2. Partner Visa (Subclass 309/100- Offshore) Visa

The applicant must be outside of Australia to access this Visa.

This is a Two Stage Visa – 309/100. 

The initial stage, the subclass 309, requires the applicant to be married, or have been in a De Facto relationship for at least 12 months, with an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen. 

An applicant must be outside of Australia for the temporary Subclass 309 visa to be granted, after which they can enter Australia

Similar to the onshore process outlined above, the applicant will initially be granted a Temporary Visa and will be given the opportunity to submit evidence that the relationship is continuing in order to obtain the permanent visa, the Subclass 100.

If you do not meet these requirements, but you are planning on marrying your partner, you might be eligible for a Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300)

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Entitlements

Once you will be granted a Temporary Partner Visa (subclass 820 for onshore or subclass 301 for offshore), you will be entitle to:

  • Stay in Australia until a decision is made by the Department of Home Affairs 
  • live, work and study in Australia
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want, while the visa is valid
  • apply for permanent residence after 2 years from the lodgement of the application

You can include a dependent child or children in your application.

Requirements

To be eligible for this visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be married, or have been in a De Facto relationship, with an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen, or eligible NZ Citizen.
  • be 18 or older
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Be onshore (subclass 820) or offshore (subclass 301) when you make the application and when a decision is made on your temporary visa application.

How long can you stay?

You can stay on the visa until a decision is made on your permanent visa (subclass 801 or 100) application. For most applicants, this stay is from 15 to 24 months. Applicants who have been in a long term relationship before they apply might not have to stay on the subclass 820 visa and been granted the permanent visa immediately.

Application Fees and processing time

a.Main Applicant: $7,715.00

b. Secondary Applicant over 18: $3,860.00

c. Secondary applicant under 18: $1,935.00

Processing Time – 16 to 29 months

Introduction

Parents of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen may be able to migrate to Australia. There are two main categories of parent visa subclasses, contributory, and non-contributory.

Contributory parent visas have a fast processing priority, but the cost of the visa is much higher that other options.

Non-contributory parent visas have a low processing priority with the Australian government and based on current planning levels, the Department of Home Affairs  (DHA) website advises anyone considering applying for a non-contributory parent visa faces a wait of up to 30 years. However, depending on the case, you might be able to apply onshore and wait for the answer while living in Australia.

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Here below are the main stream for the parent Visas:

Contributory Parent Visa

1. Contributory Parent Visa ………. .(Subclass 143)

This is a permanent visa that lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen move to Australia.

You might be eligible for this Visa if:

  • You are applying either inside or outside Australia. When you apply for this visa, you will not be granted a Bridging Visa
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident
  • You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges (goes to another page) for faster processing
  • meet the balance of family test (goes to resources) have an assurance of support
  • meet health and character requirements

Cost of the Visa: See table

Processing Time – Unavailable due to low volume of applications

2. Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864)

This is a permanent visa that allows older parents of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen move and live in Australia.

You might be eligible for this Visa if:

  • You are applying either inside or outside Australia. If you apply in Australia, you will be granted a Bridging Visa
  • You are older than 65
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges (goes to another page) for faster processing
  • You meet the balance of family test (goes to page
  • have an assurance of support
  • You meet health and character requirements

Cost of the Visa: See table

Processing Time – Unavailable due to low volume of applications

Non- Contributory Parent Visa

1. Parent Visa (Subclass 103)

This is a permanent visa that allows parents of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen move and live in Australia.

You might be eligible for this Visa if:

  • You are applying either inside or outside Australia. If you apply in Australia, you will not be granted a Bridging Visa
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You meet the balance of family test (goes to page
  • have an assurance of support
  • You meet health and character requirements

Cost of the Visa: See table

Processing Time – wait of up to 30 years

2. Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)

This is a permanent visa that allows older parents of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen move and live in Australia. Even if the processing time for this visa is up to 30 years, the applicant parent will be able to live in the country while waiting for an answer from the Department of Home Affairs.

You might be eligible for this Visa if:

  • You are applying either inside or outside Australia. If you apply in Australia, you will be granted a Bridging Visa
  • You are older than 65
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You meet the balance of family test (goes to page
  • have an assurance of support
  • You meet health and character requirements

Cost of the Visa: See table

Processing Time – wait of up to 30 years

Sponsored Parent Visa (subclass 870)

There is also another important option, which is the Sponsored Parent Visa (subclass 870). This is a Temporary Visa (3 or 5 years) which does not present as many requirements as the other subclass.

Most importantly, only for this subclass of Parent Visa, parents are not required to meet the ‘balance of family’ test (goes to page).

It does not present any age requirements for the applicant and it is not a contributory parent visa. They will however need to be sponsored by a child who has been settled in Australia and is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen for at least 4 years and has a minimum household taxable income of $83,454.80.

You might be eligible for this Visa if:

  • You are applying either inside or outside Australia. If you apply in Australia, you will be granted a Bridging Visa
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia.
  • Have the genuine intention to stay in Australia Temporary
  • You meet health and character requirements

Application Fees and processing time

– Up to 3 Years: $5,000.00

– Up to 5 years: $10,000.00

Processing Time – 60 to 79 days

Introduction

Children of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen may be able to migrate to Australia. There are 3 types of Australian Child Visas that might be eligible for your child to apply:

1. Child Visa – Offshore (subclass 101)

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you have a child who lives overseas who you want to bring him to Australia to live permanently, this could be the visa for him. This is a Permanent Visa and the application must be lodged from Offshore.

Your child must be single, younger than 18 years of age (or a full-time student between 18-25 years of age or 18 or older and unable to work due to disability and dependent on the sponsoring parent) and sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner who is an Australia Citizen or Permanent Resident. Application

2. Child Visa – onshore (Subclass 864)

 If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you have a child who lives overseas and you want to bring him over to Australia to live permanently, this could be the visa for him. This is a Permanent Visa and the application must be lodged from Onshore.

Your child must be single, younger than 18 years of age (or a full-time student between 18-25 years of age or 18 or older and unable to work due to disability and dependent on the sponsoring parent) and sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner who is an Australia Citizen or Permanent Resident.

3. Adoption Visa (subclass 102)

This is for children adopted outside Australia from an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This visa allows them to come and live in Australia with their adoptive parent. This is a Permanent Visa and the application must be lodged from Offshore.

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Entitlements

With this visa, you can:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely with your parents
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor their relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
  • travel in and out of Australia

Requirements

The requirements change in accordingly with the visa subclass you are applying for.

The main requirements for this Visa are:

  • Be sponsored by an eligible parent or their parent’s spouse or de facto partner
  • be younger than 18, over 18 and under 25 years and studying full time, or over 18 years with a disability
  • You cannot be married or in a De Facto Relationship
  • Meet health and character requirements

How long can you stay?

This is a permanent visa and let the holder of the Visa stay in Australia indefinitely.

You become a permanent resident on the day the visa is granted.

Your permanent residency for citizenship purposes starts:

  • on the day the visa is granted if you are in Australia
  • on the day you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia

Application Fees and processing time

a.Main Applicant: $2,665.00

Processing Time – Unavailable due to the low volume of application

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