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Family Migration

List of different categories of the Family Migration visas

The family migration scheme is one of the main categories of Australia’s Migration Program.

Family stream migration allows eligible persons to sponsor their family members to join them in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis and it has four main categories; partner, parent, child and other family visa categories.

 

Partner and Spouse Migration

 

The partner visa category is one of the most common pathways for immigration to Australia.

Partner migration allows the applicant to migrate to Australia as spouse or de facto partner, including the same-sex partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Prospective Marriage visa

This visa is intended for couples who plan to get married onshore or offshore. If you are engaged, then you may enter Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa, then you must marry within nine months.

 

Offshore Partner visa

If you are living abroad and would like to join your partner in Australia, then you may apply for a Partner Temporary Visa. This visa is granted for two years after which you will be eligible for Partner Permanent Visa.

 

Onshore Partner visa

If you currently living in Australia on a temporary visa and want to continue to stay with your partner, you may apply for a Partner Temporary Visa. This visa is also granted for two years after which you will be eligible for Partner Permanent Visa.

Child Migration

 

Child migration is migration to Australia as the dependent child, orphan relative or adopted child. An orphan relative is a child who is under 18 years of age and cannot be cared for by either parent.

 

Parent Migration

 

There are two categories of parent visas; contributory parent visa which the applicant pays a higher visa application charge as a contribution, but the processing times are significantly shorter. Also, there are more places available for this visa. The second category is parent visa which includes the Parent and the Aged Parent.

Other Family Migration

 

The other family category consists of carer visa. This is when an Australian relative or a member of the family has a medical condition and needs significant assistance.

There is an aged dependent relative visa which is for a single applicant who is dependent on an Australian relative. The third category is remaining relative visa which is for an applicant who has no close relatives outside Australia. They may be a sister, brother, and child or step equivalent of an Australian citizen, permanent residents of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen.

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The partner visa category is one of the most common pathways for immigration to Australia.

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There are two categories of parent visas; contributory parent visa and parent visa which includes the Parent and the Aged Parent.