There are about 37 temporary and permanent visas for partners or family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents.
Typically the options that may be available are:
- Join your partner/spouse (Partner visa)
- Join your child/children (Parent visa)
- Care for a sick relative (Carer Visa)
- Live with my parents (Child visa)
There are also other family sponsored visas such as the aged dependent relative or the remaining relative visa.
Australian Partner Visas
A prospective marriage visa is commonly referred to as a fiancé or engagement visa. Once the subclass 300 visa is granted, it allows the applicant to come to Australia and marry their prospective spouse and apply for a partner visa onshore.
However, with the current increased processing time, its recent utility and popularity have decreased. This visa is sometimes strategically used to bring those who have been unsuccessful in obtaining a visitor visa.
If you are in Australia and have formed a de facto partner relationship or a spousal (married) relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident, then an onshore partner visa would be the most suitable option.
This onshore partner visa is even available for those who currently do not hold any visa, and usually even with a history of visa refusals and cancellations.
If you are outside of Australia and have formed a de facto partner relationship or a spousal (married) relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident, then an offshore partner visa would be the most suitable option.
Whilst may often prefer the onshore partner visa, depending on your circumstances, an offshore partner visa can also be used strategically depending on your circumstances.
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Australian Family Sponsored Visas
A contributory parent visa is extremely expensive compared to other Australian visas, but it is the most practical way to allow parents to apply for an Australian permanent resident.
This visa is the most sensible because, in practice, a contributory parent visa is the only permanent visa for your parents that is likely to be granted within a foreseeable timeframe.
Other non-contributory permanent parent visas are expected to take about 30 years.
Although it may sound silly, we sometimes use this to our clients’ advantage as it could also mean that without paying for the ‘contribution’, the parents could stay in Australia semi-permanently on the bridging visa granted by the government after the application.
Did you know that back in 2014, the Australian government tried to repeal many other family visas including the remaining relative and carer visas?
But thankfully, this attempt failed, and we still have the following visas available for other members of the family:
- Child visas
- Adoption visas
- Remaining relative visas
- Carer visas
- Orphan relative visas
- Aged dependent relative visas