Australia Migration: How to Get Family Visas
Family visas fall under what the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officially calls Family Stream. Visas that fall under this category seek to re-unite individuals who have close family members that are Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents or eligible citizens of New Zealand.
There are many Australian visa options for partners, parents, fiance, children and other close family members of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible citizens of New Zealand.
It is important to mention that some visa options under the Family Stream may be capped and queued resulting to extended waiting periods in some cases. It is imperative that you get professional advice if you are thinking about migrating to Australia under this category. Migration agents will be especially helpful to you in this case. Experienced migration agents will be able to tell if there is a better visa option for you to pursue.
Visa Options under the Family Stream
This category applies to:
• Married couples
• Engaged couples
• De facto partners or what may be referred to in some countries as common-law spouses including same-sex relationships.
This category applies to you if you have a child who is in Australia and that child is an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible citizen of New Zealand. It sounds straightforward enough but there are actually many Australian visa options under this category, and Migration Lawyers can direct you to the most appropriate choice to increase your chances of a successful application.
There are at least 9 Parent Visa options available. The first 4 visa options are for parents eligible for an Australian Age Pension by virtue of their age, but after being granted a permanent visa they will have to wait 10 years before receiving an Age pension.
• If you are in Australia
1. Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
2. Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)
3. Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 884)
4. Contributory Aged Parent visa (from subclass 884 to subclass 864)
5. Contributory Parent visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143)
• If you are outside Australia
6. Parent visa (subclass 103)
7. Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)
8. Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173)
9. Contributory Parent visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143)
This category applies to you if you are a dependent child, an orphan relative or an adopted child of an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible citizen of New Zealand. There are at least 7 Child Visa options where variations apply to whether the child is in or outside of Australia.