Visa Programs

Partner Migration

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Family Migration

 

Partner

Partners and fiancés of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may enter and/or to remain permanently in Australia.

 

Partner category migration may apply to:

 

people intending to get married (fiancés)

married (de jure) partners

de facto partners (including those in a same-sex relationship).

 

If you are in Australia:

 

Partner temporary visa (subclass 820) and permanent visa (subclass 801):

 

This is the visa for people to stay in Australia with their partner, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. If two years after the application is made the relationship is ongoing, a permanent visa may be granted.

 

Married Applicant Eligibility:

The marriage must be legal under Australian Law.

The applicant must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. An eligible sponsor is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen, who undertakes sponsorship obligations. Usually, the sponsor is the partner.

In a married relationship, the applicant an d the partner must show a mutual commitment to a shared life as husband and wife to the exclusion of all others.

Must meet certain health requirements.

Must meet character requirements.

 

De Facto Applicant Eligibility:

 

Must be at least 18 years at the time of application.

Must not be related by family.

Must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.

Must have been in a de facto relationship for the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging application.

Must show a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others. The applicant and his/her partner must be living together or, if not, any separation must be only temporary.

Must also have a genuine and continuing relationship the partner.

Must meet certain health requirements.

Must meet character requirements.

 

If you are outside Australia

 

Partners of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may apply to enter and/or remain permanently in Australia. Partners include:

 

people intending to get married (fiancés)

married (de jure) partners

de facto partners (including those in a same-sex relationship).

 

Partner Temporary Visa (Subclass 309) and Permanent Visa (Subclass 100):

 

This is the visa for people from overseas to enter and stay in Australia with their partner, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. If two years after the relationship is ongoing, a permanent visa may be granted.

 

Married Applicant Eligibility:

 

The marriage must be legal under Australian Law.

The applicant must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. An eligible sponsor is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen, who undertakes sponsorship obligations. Usually, the sponsor is the partner.

In a married relationship, the applicant and the partner must show a mutual commitment to a shared life as husband and wife to the exclusion of all others.

Must meet certain health requirements.

Must meet character requirements.

 

De Facto Applicant Eligibility:

 

The applicant must be at least 18 years at the time of application.

The applicant must not be related by family.

The applicant must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. An eligible sponsor is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen, who undertakes sponsorship obligations. Generally, the sponsor is the partner of the applicant.

Must have been in a de facto relationship for the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging application.

Must show a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others. The applicant and his/her partner must be living together or, if not, any separation must be only temporary.

Must meet certain health requirements.

Must meet character requirements.

 

Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300):

 

This is the visa for people from overseas to enter Australia, then marry their fiancé. Their fiancé must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Once married, holders of this visa can then apply to remain permanently in Australia.

 

Applicant Eligibility

 

The main purpose of applying for this visa is to allow the applicant to come to Australia and then marry the intended spouse and live as husband and wife.

The applicant must genuinely intend to marry his/her fiancé and must also genuinely intend to live with the fiancé as husband and wife.

The applicant must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor.

The applicant must be able to legally marry according to Australian law.

The applicant must be of the opposite sex to the intended spouse. Same-sex couples are not eligible for this visa.

The applicant must have met (as adults) the intended spouse in person and know him or her personally. This must be the case even if it is an arranged marriage or you met as children and the marriage was arranged before you turned 18 years of age or you met on the internet (exchanging photographs is not evidence of having met in person).

Must meet certain health requirements.

Must meet character requirements.

 

Parent

 

Parents may be able to migrate to Australia if they have a child in Australia who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

If you are in Australia

 

Aged parent visas

 

These visas are for parents whose age is equivalent to a person who is eligible for an Australian Age pension.

 

An aged parent making a parent visa application will not immediately be entitled to an Age pension after being granted a permanent visa. All new Australian permanent residents must wait 10 years before being eligible to receive the Age pension (unless there is a reciprocal agreement with another country that pays you a pension) or Disability pension.

 

Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 804)

 

A permanent visa for aged parents to remain in Australia. Applicants must have children who are living in Australia.

 

Eligibility:

 

Age:

 

Men must be 65 years or older to meet the age requirements. Women should use the table. The table shows the age at which a woman becomes eligible to apply for an Aged Parent visa.

 

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Assurance of Support

 

You must have a commitment by a person prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support.

Balance of family test

 

The balance of family test requires that:

half your children must be permanently resident in Australia

or

you have more children permanently resident in Australia than any other overseas single country

Health

 

You must meet health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

Character

 

You must meet character requirements.

 

Cost:

 

1st installment $2525, 2nd installment $1480.

 

Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 864)

 

A permanent visa for aged parents with children living in Australia. This visa costs more than the aged parent visa but is generally processed faster.

 

Eligibility

 

Age:

 

Men must be 65 years or older to meet the age requirements.

Women should use the table from the immigration website. The table shows the age at which a woman becomes eligible to apply for an Aged Parent visa.

 

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Assurance of Support

 

You must have a commitment by a person prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support.

 

Balance of family test

 

The balance of family test requires that:

half your children must be permanently resident in Australia

or

 

you have more children permanently resident in Australia than any other overseas single country

 

Health

 

You must meet health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

Character

 

You must meet character requirements.

 

Cost:

1st installment $2525, 2nd installment $34 330

 

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884):

 

This is a temporary visa valid for two years. If you hold this visa you can apply for the permanent Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 864).

 

Eligibility

 

Age:

 

Men must be 65 years or older to meet the age requirements.

Women should use the table from the immigration website. The table shows the age at which a woman becomes eligible to apply for an Aged Parent visa.

.

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Balance of family test

 

The balance of family test requires that:

half your children must be permanently resident in Australia

or

you have more children permanently resident in Australia than any other overseas single country

 

Health

 

You must meet health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

Character

 

You must meet character requirements.

 

Cost

 

1st installment $2525, 2nd installment $20 595

 

Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (from subclass 884 to subclass 864)

 

For holders of a temporary Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 884), to apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).

 

Eligibility

 

Age:

Men must be 65 years or older to meet the age requirements.

Women should use the table from the immigration website. The table shows the age at which a woman becomes eligible to apply for an Aged Parent visa.

.

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Assurance of Support

 

You must have a commitment by a person prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support.

 

Balance of family test

 

The balance of family test requires that:

half your children must be permanently resident in Australia

or

you have more children permanently resident in Australia than any other overseas single country

 

Health

 

You must meet health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

Character

 

You must meet character requirements.

 

Cost

1st installment $230 2nd installment $13 730

 

Other parent visas

 

Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143)

 

This visa is for holders of a temporary Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173), who want to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

 

If you are applying for the Contributory Parent (Migrant) (subclass 143) permanent visa and have held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa at any time since you have been in Australia, you may be eligible to apply for the permanent visa and receive certain visa processing concessions.

 

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Assurance of Support

 

You must have a commitment by a person prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support.

 

Health

 

You must meet health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

Character

 

You must meet character requirements.

 

Cost

 

1st instalment $230 2nd instalment $13 730

 

If you are outside Australia

 

Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103):

 

A permanent visa for parents who have children living in Australia.

 

Eligibility:

 

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Assurance of Support

 

You must have a commitment by a person prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support.

Balance of family test

 

The balance of family test requires that:

half your children must be permanently resident in Australia

or

you have more children permanently resident in Australia than any other single country.

 

Health

 

You, your partner and all dependent family members must meet certain health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

 

Character

 

You, your accompanying partner and all dependent family members aged sixteen and above must meet the character requirements.

 

Cost:

 

1st installment $1705 2nd installment $1480

 

Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 143):

 

A permanent visa for parents with children living in Australia. This visa costs more than the Parent visa but is generally processed faster.

 

Eligibility:

 

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

 

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Assurance of Support

 

You must have a commitment by a person prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support.

Balance of family test

 

The balance of family test requires that:

half your children must be permanently resident in Australia

or

you have more children permanently resident in Australia than any other single country.

There is more information to help you understand the balance of family test.

Health

 

You, your partner and all dependent family members must meet certain health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

 

Character

 

You, your accompanying partner and all dependent family members aged sixteen and above must meet the character requirements.

 

Cost

1st instalment$1705 2nd instalment $34 330

 

Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173):

 

This is a temporary visa valid for two years. If you hold this visa you can then apply for the permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

 

Eligibility:

 

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

Balance of family test

 

The balance of family test requires that:

half your children must be permanently resident in Australia

or

you have more children permanently resident in Australia than any other single country.

There is more information to help you understand the balance of family test.

Health

 

You, your partner and all dependent family members must meet certain health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination.

 

Character

 

You, your accompanying partner and all dependent family members aged sixteen and above must meet the character requirements.

 

Cost

 

1st installment $1705 2nd installment $20 595


Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143):

 

This visa is for holders of a temporary Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173), who want to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143). If you are applying for the Contributory Parent (Migrant) (subclass 143) permanent visa and have held a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (subclass 173) visa at any time since you have been in Australia, you may be eligible to apply for the permanent visa and receive certain visa processing concessions.

 

Eligibility:

 

Child in Australia

 

You must be the parent of a child who is settled in Australia as one of the following:

 

an Australian citizen

an Australian permanent resident

an eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Eligible sponsor

 

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor. Usually, your child will sponsor you. If your child is under 18 years you may also be sponsored by one the following:

 

your child's partner

a close family relative or guardian of your child

a close family relative or guardian of your child's partner

a community organization.

 

 

Assurance of Support

 

You must have a commitment by a person prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support.

Health

 

You, your partner and all dependent family members must meet certain health requirements and will need to undergo a health examination

 

Character

 

You, your accompanying partner and all dependent family members aged sixteen and above must meet the character requirements.

 

Cost

 

1st installment $2302nd installment $13 730

 

 

Child

 

For dependent children, orphan relatives or adopted children of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

If the child is in Australia:

Child (Permanent) (Subclass 802)

 

For children from overseas who are the child or stepchild of an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Orphan Relative (Permanent) (Subclass 837)

 

For children from overseas whose parents are deceased, permanently incapacitated, or whose whereabouts are unknown, and who have an eligible sponsor.

 

Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445)

For children whose parent holds a temporary partner visa and is in the process of obtaining a permanent partner visa.

 

If the child is outside Australia

 

Child (Permanent) (Subclass 101)

 

For children from overseas who are the child or stepchild of an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Orphan Relative (Permanent) (Subclass 117)

 

For children from overseas whose parents are deceased, permanently incapacitated, or whose whereabouts are unknown and who have an eligible sponsor.

 

Adoption (Permanent) (Subclass 102)


For children from overseas who have been or about to be adopted by an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
Important: If the child was adopted before the parent became an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen, they should instead apply for a Child visa (subclass 101)

 

Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445)

 

For children whose parent holds a temporary partner visa and is in the process of obtaining a permanent partner visa.

 

Other Family

 

Aged dependent relatives, remaining relatives and carers of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens may apply for visas to come to Australia permanently.

 

Visa Options

 

In Australia

 

Remaining Relative (Subclass 835) (Permanent)

 

For people to join their brothers, sisters or parents who are their only near relatives and are usually resident in Australia.

 

Aged Dependent Relative (Subclass 838) (Permanent)

 

A permanent visa for aged persons who rely on a relative in Australia for all, or most, of their living costs.

 

Carer (Subclass 836) (Permanent)

 

For people needed to care for an Australian relative or a member of their family unit, who has a medical condition.

 

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa (Subclass 461) (Temporary)

 

For non-New Zealand citizens to travel to and live in Australia with a New Zealand citizen family member who is a special category visa holder.

 

Outside Australia

 

Remaining Relative Visa (Offshore) (Subclass 115)

 

For people to join their brothers, sisters or parents who are their only near relatives and are usually resident in Australia.

 

Aged Dependent Relative (Subclass 114)

A permanent visa for aged persons who rely on a relative in Australia for all, or most, of their living costs.

 

Carer Visa (Offshore) (Subclass 116)


For people needed to care for an Australian relative or a member of their family unit, who has a medical condition.

 

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa (Subclass 461) (Temporary)

 

For non-New Zealand citizens to travel to and live in Australia with a New Zealand citizen family member who is a special category visa holder.