Family Sponsored

Family sponsored (or family reunion) migration is becoming more restricted for Australia.  There are currently a number of ways Australians can sponsor family members to Australia permanently:

  • Parent visas
  • Child Visas
  • Partner visas

Parent Visas

These subclasses are for parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents who have half or more of their children living in Australia or more living in Australia than in any other country.  There are now only contributory visas available following the removal of the non-contributory parent visa classes from June 2nd, 2014, although for now at least  applicants aged 65 years and older can make applications whilst in Australia providing there is no restriction on their current visa.  This is expected to also be removed as an option in the future.  The contributory parent visa involves a sizeable secondary visa application charge (or 2nd VAC) per applicant, has an option for obtaining a temporary visa first, then applying for permanent residency after two years to allow that 2nd VAC to be made in two payments to reduce the financial impact.

Child Visas

This is for people who have biological or adopted children who are not eligible for citizenship by descent, who wish them to migrate to Australia.  There are age, dependency, health and character requirements for this visa as well as custody requirements.  There is complex policy for Australians who adopt children overseas or enter into surrogacy arrangements and it is highly advised that your seek detailed and specific immigration advice prior to entering into any arrangement overseas.

The below visa subclasses were closed for new applicants in June 2014.  An appeal saw them reinstated, however the number of allocated visas has resulted in lengthy queues even for successful applicants - over 5 years for carer visas and 50 years for Last Remaining Relatives.  If you need advice regarding your eligibility and whether or not another visa may suit you better, please contact iVisas for an assessment.

Carer Visas

This visa, as it suggests, allows Australian citizens or permanent residents who are assessed with a disability rating over 30 who require ongoing assistance and care with the tasks and needs of day to day living which cannot be obtained in the Australian community or from another Australian family member to sponsor a relative from overseas to provide that care.

Aged Dependent Relative Visas

If a single (widowed, divorced or never married), overseas relative aged over 65 years is reliant on an Australian permanent resident or citizen for their ongoing day to day financial support and assistance, the Australian relative can sponsor that person for permanent residency in Australia.

Last Remaining Relative Visas

If a person's last remaining living relatives are all in Australia holding either permanent residence or citizenship, then that person can be sponsored for permanent residency in Australia.  This visa is very difficult to obtain, because the definitions are so strict.  For instance, a person who is estranged from some member or members of their family, such a a parent after a divorce, is still considered to have overseas family.  The relatives of a person's spouse are also considered to be relatives so for instance even if all a wife's family live in Australia, but the husband has living family members overseas, then they will not meet the terms of this visa.

Non-contributory Parent Visas

These visas were for parents with at least half of their children resident permanently in Australia, or more in Australia than any other country.  It was similar to the Contributory Parent visa program, but without the large second visa application charge.  It had very long queues and wait times as only a small number were granted each year.




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