Meta-description: We explain the Australia Family Visa types, requirements, application process, application form, processing time, fees, sponsorship, and other details.
Australia family visas often allow you to stay in the country permanently. To be eligible for these visas, one of your children or parents must be an Australian citizen or resident in the country.
We explain the Australia Family Visa types, requirements, application process, application form, processing time, fees, sponsorship, and other details.
Australia Family Visa Requirements
To be eligible for an Australia Family Visa, you must consider the following:
- Your relationship with your family members needs to be clarified. Evidence that you can provide to confirm your relationship are:
- Marriage certificate for spouse
- Birth certificate for the child
- An adoption certificate for the child
- Applicants for a Partner Visas must complete the Statutory Declaration Partner Visa Sponsor Form
- If your family circumstances change, you must complete a special form and provide documents depending on the circumstances. These documents include:
- The marriage certificate
- The children’s birth certificate(s)
- Adoption papers
- Divorce certificate
- A court decision on child custody
- The death certificate
- Proof of change of name
- Some Australia family visa applicants need a sponsor to obtain a visa. People applying for the following visas need a sponsor:
- Parent Visa (subclass 300) visa
- Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)
- Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)
- Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)
- Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)
- Some family visa applicants must take a test called the Balance of Family. This test determines the extent of the parents’ family link with their child in Australia. If you want to get the following visas, you must take this test:
- 103 – Parent
- 143 – Contributory Parent
- 173 – Contributory Parent (Temporary)
- 804 – Aged Parent
- 864 – Contributory Aged Parent
- 884 – Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary)
- Applicants for a child visa must prove that they are dependent on their parents for their basic needs. Therefore, the following documents are required:
- Bank statements
- Money transfers
- Rent receipts
- Child visa applicants must submit four photos. The dimensions of this photo should be the same size as the passport photo. In addition, it must have the following features:
- Good quality color
- Taken less than six months old
- Taken against a plain background
- A full-face of the head and shoulders must be visible
The application process of Australia Family Visa
If you want to get an Australia Family Visa, you should know that you can submit your documents online in or by paper submission. Please note that some family visas require you to be in Australia when applying, while others require you to apply abroad:
- Online submission: First, you need to create an account on ImmiAccount. Then complete the application form and read the terms carefully. You can also upload your documents through this account. Note that if you do not send your documents within thirty days after creating your account, your account will be deleted automatically. You can upload up to 60 documents per person. You can also check your visa application process through your ImmiAccount.
- Paper submission: In this method, you must first prepare a certified copy of your documents, complete the application form, and pay the visa application fee. Then send your form and documents to the Australian Department of Home Affairs via post.
The Types of Australia Family Visa:
1. Partner visas
- Partner visa (subclass 309, 100): This visa is issued to the spouse or partner of the following people:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen
Holders of this visa can live in Australia. Subclass 309 allows you to temporarily stay in Australia and apply for a Subclass 100 visa. The Subclass 309 visa is valid until your application for permanent residence is processed. You must apply for this visa outside Australia.
- Partner visa (subclass 820 801): The Subclass 820 is a temporary visa that allows you to live in Australia. This visa is the first step in obtaining a permanent Partner Visa (Subclass 801). To be qualified for this permit, you must be married to:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen
With this visa, you can work, live, and study in Australia. You can also include your dependent children in your visa application. To obtain this permit, you have to submit all your documents online in Australia.
- Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300): Under this visa, you can come to New Zealand and marry your spouse and then apply for a partner visa. This permission is valid for nine months from the issuance date. During this time, you can work and study in Australia at your own expense. To be qualified for the Prospective Marriage visa, you must be at least 18 years old and have a sponsor. Please note that you must be outside Australia when applying for this visa.
2. Parent visas
- Aged Parent visa (subclass 804): The aged parents of the following people can come to Australia under this visa:
- A settle Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident or
- An eligible New Zealand citizen who stay in Australia
Holders of this visa can live permanently in Australia and apply for Australian citizenship if they meet some requirements. The applicant for the Subclass 804 must be in Australia but not in an immigration clearance when applying for this visa. They must be old enough to have an age pension in Australia. The cost of applying for this visa starts from AUD6,415, and the exact processing time is unknown.
- Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884): This visa is temporary permission that is valid for two years. You can live in Australia during this time and also apply for a Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864). This visa is also issued to the elderly parents of Australian citizens or those residing in the country.
- Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864): This visa allows an aged parent of an Australian citizen or resident to reside permanently in Australia. The visa holder can study and work in Australia. Applicants for this visa must be in Australia when applying. The cost of applying for this visa starts from AUD47,755, and the processing time is not available.
- Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173): This visa is also issued to the parents of the following people:
- A settled Australian citizen
- Australian permanent resident or
- An eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia
The Contributory Parent visa is temporary and is valid for two years. The visa holder can live and work in this country for two years as well as apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) visa. The application fee for this visa starts from AUD31,930, and the exact processing time is unknown. The visa applicant needs a sponsor and must also take the balance-of-family test.
- Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143): This visa is also issued to Australian citizens’ parents and allows them to live permanently in the country. Visa holders can live in Australia and sponsor family members to bring them to the country. They can also apply for Australian citizenship if they are eligible. Applicants for this visa must:
- Be outside Australia when applying for this permission
- Participate in the balance-of-family test
- Not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) when applying for a visa
- Parent visa (subclass 103): This visa is also issued to parents of Australian citizens. You must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa. If you receive this visa, you can work and live in this country permanently. You can also sponsor other members of your family.
3. Child visas
- Child visa (subclass 101): A child living outside Australia can join their parents in Australia with this visa. The validity of this visa is permanent. Single children who are dependent on their parents can apply for this visa. The following people are eligible to receive this visa:
- Children under 18 years old
- Children over the age of 18 and under 25 who study full time and are financially dependent on their parents
- Children are over 18 years old who are unable to work due to disability
- Child visa (subclass 802): This visa also allows children to live with their parents in Australia. Applicants must be in Australia when applying for this visa. The validity of this visa is also permanent.
Let’s sum up …
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