AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISAS

Australian Family Visas let the parents, children, and remaining relatives of Australians or eligible New Zealanders move to Australia temporarily or permanently. 

THE AUSTRALIAN FAMILY VISAS

The Contributory Aged Parent Visa lets the aged parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens permanently stay in Australia.

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The Contributory Parent Visa lets the parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens permanently stay in Australia.

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The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa lets the parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens stay in Australia for up to three or five years.

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The Child Visa lets children move to Australia to live with their parents.

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The Remaining Relative Visa lets migrants move to Australia to reunite with their only close family members.

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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FAMILY VISAS

Let’s take a closer look at Australian Family Visas:

THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

To apply for a Family Visa, candidates must: 

  • Have an eligible relative who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • Have an eligible sponsor, which is usually the relative the visa application is joining
  • Be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia if applying for a Subclass 864 Visa
  • Meet Australia’s health and character requirements

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FAMILY VISA:

There isn’t one standard way to apply for Australian Family Visas. Instead, each visa has a unique application process. Please speak with our licensed advisor for advice.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Australian Family Visas are for the parents, children and remaining relatives of Australian citizens and permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens.

The Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143) and the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864) are both permanent residence visas for the parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.

The main differences are in the following requirements:

  • Age: Candidates must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia (66 years and 6 months at the time of writing) to apply for the Subclass 864 Visa. There is no age requirement for the Subclass 143 Visa.
  • Sponsorship: Candidates must have sponsorship to apply for the Subclass 864 Visa. However, applicants for the Subclass 143 Visa will only need sponsorship if they don’t meet the requirements to apply as a retiree.
  • Assurance of support: Subclass 864 Visa applicants must have an assurance of support, but Subclass 143 applicants who qualify to apply as retirees do not. 
  • Balance-of-family test: To apply for a Subclass 864 visa, applicants must meet the balance-of-family test. However, this is not necessary for Subclass 143 applicants who qualify to apply as retirees.

The Subclass 143 Visa is the Contributory Aged Parent Visa.

The ‘contributory’ element is a substantial financial contribution that visa applicants must make to compensate for the rights awarded to them as permanent residents, such as health care, as they have never made any tax contributions towards these rights as someone who’s lived outside of Australia. 

On the other hand, the Parent Visa (Subclass 103) does not have a contributory element.

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