Each year, Australia’s immigration system grants over 60,000 visas to family members of Australia’s citizens, permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens. Over one-third of the total visas are distributed per year. Family visas come under the “Family Stream” program.
Family Stream migration falls into four main categories:
Partner visas are for fiancé(e)s, partners, and Australian citizens.
A partner visa requires you to show that your relationship is genuine and lasting and that you intend to live together permanently. Partner visas, including temporary and permanent visas, require a single application.
To travel from home to abroad (Australia) for a permanent resident requires a temporary visa.
Families with dependent children are always welcome to join them in Australia. Children may migrate to Australia with their parents, but sometimes they migrate separately.
Visas are also available for children under the age of 18. They may be biological children, orphan relatives, adopted children of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens. These children may apply for permanent resident visas, and they can live permanently in Australia and eventually become citizens.
There are two types of parent visas: Aged Parent (Residence) (Subclass 804) and Parent (Migrant) (Subclass 103).
Applicants for aged parent visas must have a child or stepchild who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Other requirements include:
- You have at least half of your children’s Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
- Australia has a more significant proportion of children Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
You also need to meet the above requirements to apply for a parent migrant visa.