There are a number of ways to obtain a visa based on a partner relationship with an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
It is important to make an application for the correct type of visa. The appropriate visa will depend on a number of factors such as whether you plan to get married in Australia or outside Australia, you are already married, or you are in a de facto (including same-sex) relationship. It will also depend on where you will be when you apply for the visa.
A range of factors can make applying for a Partner visa complex such as prior relationships, inclusion of dependent family members, periods of physical separation from your partner and, overall duration of the relationship. It can also be difficult to know what is the best type of evidence to provide to the decision-maker to demonstrate the genuineness of a relationship. Contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
This stream comprises the parent category and the contributory parent category each with different pathways to a visa. A Parent visa may be suitable if you have a child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen that is ‘settled’ in Australia and who can sponsor you. To be eligible you will need to satisfy a ‘balance of family test’ which looks at the total number of your children, where they are located and their citizenship or residency status. The ‘test’ is not always straightforward, and you may wish to seek advice, if for example you have lost contact with a child.
It is important to note that there are substantial waiting periods for most of the visas in the Parent stream as the number of visas that can be granted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship each year are limited. Some visas incur higher fees but have a higher processing priority, in other words, the waiting period for a visa is shorter.
Due to the waiting time, a Parent visa may not be practical or the best solution if you wish to reunite with family in Australia. Contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
There are a number of visa options to bring a child to Australia. They include:
It may also be possible to include a child in an application that has been made to the Department and is not yet finalised. Contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
There are a number of other family sponsored visas available for people wishing to reunite with family members in Australia. They include:
If you are considering applying for one of these visas or wish to sponsor a family member, contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
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