If you have a close family member who is an Australia Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen and they are willing and able to sponsor you, you might be eligible to migrate under the Family Stream.
It is also important to note that some of visa categories in the Family Stream have a cap or limit to the number of visas that will be released per year. Also, some Parent and Other Family visas were previously repealed and closed but are now accepting applications for these categories.
At IVC, we ask that you consider consulting first before filing sponsorship to ensure that you know whether you or the family member you want to sponsor is eligible. If sponsorship under the Family Stream is difficult or may take too long, our MARA Agent will be able to sit down with you and offer any legal options or remedies that may be available to you.
The main categories under the Family stream are:
An Australian Citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen may sponsor the following individuals under this category:
These are the Onshore (if you are currently in Australia) Visa Options
If you are currently living outside Australia these are the Offshore Visa Options that you might be eligible for:
If you qualify for any of the partner categories, you may also include the following people in your application:
There are several visa categories for parents of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen if these sponsors have lived lawfully in Australia for two years immediately preceding the date the application will be lodged. Do note though that parent visas may be subject to capping.
Not all categories would require the applicant to be assessed against the balance-of-family test. If you intend to do this yourself, take care on how you do this since all children (with a few exceptions) are counted in the balance-of-family test. Sponsors and applicants alike must be aware that it may take some time to complete any application so alternative arrangements to visit family in Australia may be made during the interim.
There are two major categories:
Dependent children whether biological, conceived through artificial conception procedure, born under surrogacy arrangements and whose parentage has been transferred by court order, step-child or adopted ( based on Migration Regulations 1994) and orphan relatives of an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen may qualify to live in Australia permanently. Unlike the parent categories, child visas cannot be capped. In addition, the spouse or de facto partner of the child's parent may also sponsor a child younger than 18 years of age. Conditions of course apply for adopted and stepchildren.
You might qualify for this visa if you are going to provide substantial care, to a relative in Australia with a long-term or permanent medical condition. Your relative can be either an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen. For the Carer Visa, you may be sponsored by your relative or their partner.
Not everyone can be sponsored though. For one, you must be willing and able to assist your relative and there is no one else in Australia who can provide the care or assistance. You must also be willing to live in their household. Your relative must likewise meet some requirements, chiefly that their medical condition has been assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services and that they can attest that you will need direct care for at least two years.
This is a permanent visa category but was repealed and closed from 2 June 2014 until 25 September 2014. Applications are now being accepted for this visa.