The Family Stream seeks to unite Australian citizens

Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens with their close family members. There are a number of migration options for fiancés, partners, children, parents and other family members of eligible sponsors.

Partner Visa About this visa: Partners (both married and de-facto) of Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents may be eligible to apply to enter and/or remain permanently in Australia depending on their circumstances. Partner visas are normally a 2 stage process where the overseas partner is first granted Temporary Residency and subject to a continuing relationship, Permanent Residency. Under certain circumstances, partners may be granted Permanent Residency directly.

Partner Visa

Types of Visa
  • Subclass 100/309: Applications lodged offshore (Applicant NOT physically present in Australia)
  • Subclass 820/801: Applications lodged onshore (Applicant physically present in Australia)
Overview

You must be at least 18 years at the time of application.
You must not be related by family.
Your marriage must be legal under Australian Law OR You and your partner must have been in a de facto relationship for the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging your application OR you and your Partner have registered your relationship in Australia.
You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.
You and your partner must show a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others.
You and your partner must be living together or, if not, any separation must be only temporary.
You must also have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner.

  • You must be at least 18 years at the time of application.
  • You must not be related by family.
  • Your marriage must be legal under Australian Law OR You and your partner must have been in a de facto relationship for the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging your application OR you and your Partner have registered your relationship in Australia.
  • You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.
  • You and your partner must show a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others.
  • You and your partner must be living together or, if not, any separation must be only temporary.
  • You must also have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner.
To be an eligible sponsor you must be all of the following
  • An Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • In a married or de facto relationship with your partner
  • Generally aged 18 years of age or over
  • You may not be able to sponsor your partner if any one of the following applies:
  • You are not an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident
  • You have previously sponsored two other partners for migration to Australia
  • You have sponsored another partner within the last five years
  • You were sponsored for a partner visa as a partner yourself within the last five years
  • You have a serious criminals charges or convictions.

Parent Visa

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A Parent visa may be a 2 year temporary or a permanent visa that may be lodged either onshore or offshore and allows parents to come to Australia to join their children who are living in Australia.

6 different types of Parent visa
  1. Subclass 103: Offshore application. No second VAC. Processing time approximately 30 years.
  2. Subclass 173: Offshore application. 2 stage application. Second VAC applicable. Processing time approximately 2 years for temporary visa.
  3. Subclass 143: Offshore application. Second VAC applicable. Processing time approximately 2 years.
  4. Subclass 804: Onshore application. No second VAC. Processing time approximately 30 years.
  5. Subclass 884: Onshore application. 2 stage application. Second VAC applicable. Processing time approximately 12 months for temporary visa.
  6. Subclass 864: Offshore application. Second VAC applicable. Processing time approximately 12 months.

Prospective Marriage Visa

  • You must have an Intent to marry
  • You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.
  • You must be able to legally marry according to Australian law. This means you must be aged 18 years or over.
  • You must be of the opposite sex to your intended spouse. Same-sex couples are not eligible for this visa.
  • You must have physically met (as adults) your intended spouse in person and know them personally.
  • You must enter Australia on this visa before you marry your fiancé.
  • Note: If you are granted this visa and then marry your fiancé before entering Australia on that visa, your visa may be cancelled.
  • Marry your fiancé while this visa is still valid, which is for nine months after it has been granted.
  • Before this visa expires, lodge an application for a Partner visa in Australia to apply to remain permanently in Australia.

Other Family Visas

There are a number of other family visas, such as, Remaining Relative visa, Carer visa etc. that may be available for elligible family members. However, given that the processing times for these applications can be over 20 years, they may not be a feasilble option. Please contact us if you would like to discuss these options further.