Family Visas

Do you have a family waiting for you in Australia? Perhaps your spouse or common-law partner, your parents, your aunt, or even your children? Well, using one of the available Family Visa streams they could sponsor you to come to live, work, and travel in Australia permanently.

Alternatively, if you are the one living in Australia as a citizen or permanent resident, you can use the Family Visa streams to sponsor your family to come live with you.

The 4 main family visas for Australia immigration are The Parent Visas, The Child Visa, The Partner Visas, The Prospective Marriage Visa. 

The Parent Visas (Temporary – Subclass 870 and Permanent – Subclass 103)

If your children are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or permanent residents of New Zealand, they can sponsor you to come to Australia using The Temporary Parent Visa – Subclass 870 or The Permanent Parent Visa – Subclass 103. Alternatively, if you are the one holding Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency status, you may sponsor your parents to come live with you.

Each of the Parent Visas is valid for up to 5 years. If you decide to stay permanently in Australia, you will need to apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) so you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

To apply for the Permanent Parent Visa – Subclass 103 you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You don’t have a temporary parent – subclass 870 visa
  • You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor of 18 years or older (if your child is under 18 years old, an eligible relative or community organization can sponsor you instead)
  • You must meet the balance-of-family test
  • You must obtain assurance of support
  • You must meet health and character requirements
  • You must have health insurance

To apply for the Temporary Parent Visa – Subclass 870 you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be the biological parent, legal parent, adoptive parent, step-parent, or parent-in-law
  • You must have an eligible sponsor
  • You must meet health and character requirements
  • You must have sustainable funds for your stay in Australia
  • You must prove genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily
  • You must have health insurance

The person being sponsored will be able to obtain permanent residency, work and study in Australia, enroll in Australia’s healthcare system, sponsor other family members to come to live in Australia, and eventually apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible).


The Prospective Marriage Visa – Subclass 300

The Prospective Marriage Visa – Subclass 300 is for applicants who are engaged and want to marry their partner that has Australian citizenship, permanent residency, or New Zealand permanent residency. The Prospective Marriage Visa allows you to work, study, and travel in Australia for up to 9 months from the date your Prospective Marriage Visa was granted.

To apply for the Prospective Marriage Visa – Subclass 300 you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • Must meet health and character requirements
  • You must not have had a visa canceled or previous application refusal

If you wish to stay in Australia longer and become a permanent resident, you will need to apply for the Temporary Partner Visa (see below) and later for the Permanent Partner Visa (see below).


The Child Visa – Subclass 101

The Child Visa – Subclass 101 allows children residing outside of Australia to come live in Australia with their parents. The child visa is valid for up to 5 years and enables children to travel in and out of Australia during that period, as well as work and study.

As for adopted children, to be eligible to apply for the child visa they must have been adopted before turning 18 years old by a parent who did not have Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency, or New Zealand permanent residency. If they were adopted before the age of 18 by a parent with Australia citizenship, Australian permanent residency, or New Zealand permanent residency, they might be eligible for the Adoption Visa – Subclass 102.

To apply for The Child Visa – Subclass 101 the child must meet the following requirements:

  • Be dependent on their parent who has Australia citizenship, Australian permanent residency, or New Zealand permanent residency
  • Their parent must be their biological or adoptive parent or step-parent
  • Must be under 18 years old
    OR
  • Over 18 and under 25 and studying full time
    OR
  • Over 18 years old with a disability
  • Be unmarried or have a de facto relationship
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Must sign the Australian values statement
  • Must provide written consent by everyone who can legally decide where the child can live
    OR
  • The laws of the child’s country permit them to leave their country
    OR
  • The consent is consistent with any Australian child order

Please note that if the child has siblings, they must prepare and submit their own individual visa applications. If they would like to extend their stay in Australia permanently, they will need to apply for the Resident Return (RRV) visa so they could re-enter Australia as permanent residents. Eventually, they might be able to apply for Australian citizenship as well (if eligible).


The Dependent Child Visa – Subclass 445

The Dependent Child Visa – Subclass 445 will allow your child to stay in Australia temporarily while the Australian government processes your permanent partner visa application.

With the dependent child visa, your child can move or stay in Australia, travel in and out, work, and study. This visa is valid from the date it is granted until the Australian government decides to approve or deny your application for a Permanent Partner Visa, or until you withdraw the application.

To apply for The Dependent Child Visa – Subclass 445 your child must meet the following requirements:

  • Be dependent on a parent who holds either the partner (provisional) visa – subclass 309, the temporary partner visa – subclass 820, or the dependent child visa – subclass 445
  • Be under the age of 18 (if the child is over 18, they must be dependent financially on the parent holding one of the visas mentioned above or unable to work due to a physical or mental disability)
  • Be sponsored by the same parent who provided sponsorship to the parent mentioned above
  • Must be unmarried
  • Must not hold any visa with an extended stay condition attached

When you add your child to the Permanent Partner Visa application and submit it, you can enroll your child into Australia’s public healthcare system. If you have multiple children, they must apply separately for their Dependent Child Visas.


The Partner Visa (Temporary – Subclass 820 and Permanent – Subclass 801)

The Partner Visas allow your partner or spouse who holds Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency, or New Zealand permanent residency to sponsor you to come live in Australia. This visa is divided into two: The Temporary Partner Visa – Subclass 820, and The Permanent Partner Visa – Subclass 801.

You and your partner or spouse will need to apply together for The Temporary Partner Visa and then for The Permanent Partner Visa.

The Temporary Partner Visa – Subclass 820

The temporary partner visa – subclass 820 is your and your partner’s first stop before you can obtain Australia permanent residency. The Temporary Partner Visa allows your de facto partner or spouse of Australian citizenship, permanent residency, or New Zealand permanent residency to sponsor you to live in Australia temporarily.

To apply for the Temporary Partner Visa – Subclass 820 you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in a genuine relationship with your partner or spouse, who hold Australian citizenship, Australian permanent residency, or New Zealand permanent residency
  • Be in Australia when you apply for the temporary partner visa
  • Meet health and character requirements

To apply as a married couple, you must meet these additional requirements:

  • You both must be committed to sharing a life together
  • You must live with your spouse or not live apart on a permanent basis
  • Your marriage must be valid under Australian law
  • You must be 18 years or older

To apply as de facto partners, you must meet these additional requirements:

  • Your de facto relationship has existed for 12 months or more before you apply for this visa (time spent dating or in an online relationship might not count)
  • You are not married to each other
  • You are not related by family
  • You are committed to a shared life together
  • You live together or not separate from each other regularly
  • You must be 18 years or older

Please note that the same person sponsoring you for the Temporary Partner Visa will need to sponsor you in two years for The Permanent Partner Visa.

The Permanent Partner Visa – Subclass 801

The Permanent Partner Visa – Subclass 801 will be your next and final step towards obtaining Australia permanent residency. You can apply for the Permanent Partner Visa only if you already hold the Temporary Partner Visa.

To apply for the Permanent Partner Visa – Subclass 801, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must still be in a relationship with your spouse or de facto partner
  • You are holding the temporary partner visa – subclass 820 or a dependent child visa – subclass 445

Please note that you might still be eligible for The Permanent Partner Visa if you break up with your de facto partner or spouse or if they passed away after the Australian government has already granted you The Temporary Partner Visa and are still considering your application for The Permanent Partner Visa.


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