Family visas are for those individuals who are looking to go to Australia to meet or settle with their family there and visas are often granted on the basis of family ties in Australia.The sponsor can be only an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Apart from the most popular partner visa category there are a number of different types of Australian family visas listed below.
This is a visa for a parent or parents of a settled Australian citizen or permanent resident, who sponsors the parent.
There is a limited number of parent visas available each year for both Contributory Parent (subclasses 143/173) and Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclasses 864/884). Visa applicants are required to make a substantial payment for their visa.
Applicants will have to meet health and character requirements the same as other visa applications and meet the balance of family test:
- at least half of their children living lawfully and permanently in Australia, or
- more children living lawfully and permanently in Australia than in any other single country overseas.
This is a visa for a natural or adopted child of an Australian citizen or permanent resident. In some cases a step-child may also be eligible.
This is a permanent visa for children under the age of 25 who wish to live in Australia with their parent. The child’s parent must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, and can lodge the visa application on behalf of the child.
Children over the age of 18 must not be (or previously have been) married or engaged, or in a de facto relationship. To be eligible for this visa, those over 18 must be in full-time study and must also be financially dependent on their sponsoring parent.
This is a visa for people who need to care for an Australian relative, who is a citizen or permanent resident. This relative must be in need of care, due to a medical condition and must be capable of sponsoring the visa applicant.
- Applicant must be willing and able to give substantial, continuing assistance to an Australian relative (or a member of their family unit) who has a medical condition that impairs their ability to attend to the practical aspects of daily life.
- Applicant’s need for assistance is likely to continue for at least two years.
- Applicant cannot reasonably obtain assistance from other relatives or from welfare or hospital services in Australia.
- Applicant’s relative is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
- Applicant’s relative has undertaken a medical assessment.
Remaining Relative Visa
This is a permanent visa for people whose entire family is living permanently in Australia have no close relatives outside Australia.
- Applicant has no close family ties outside Australia.
- Applicant is a brother, sister, child or step equivalent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
- Applicant has no more than three near relatives residing overseas of which the Applicant has had no recent contact.
- Applicant must be sponsored by an eligible near relative.
Aged Dependent Relative Visa
This is a visa for ´aged´ people who rely on Australian relatives for financial support for their basic needs.
- Applicant must be old enough to be granted an Australian age pension.
- Applicant must be single, divorced, widowed or separated.
- Applicant must be wholly or substantially dependent on relative for financial support, for at least three years prior to application.
- Applicant must be sponsored by an eligible relative.
- Applicant must be a close relative. For example, a child or brother.