Family Visas

If you wish to bring your loved ones over to Australia, here are some options you want to take into consideration:

These are sponsored visas that will allow Skilled Workers to live and work in Australia permanently.

Although very similar, these Visas are distinct and serve different purposes.

Partner visa (Subclass 820/801 onshore)

This visa is for those who are in a stable relationship with an Australian Citizen/ Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen. Applications for this visa must be lodged while the applicant is in Australia.
It is referred either as Spouse Visa (when you are married) or De Facto Visa (when you are in a relationship but are not married). The main difference is that on a De Facto you will be asked to provide evidences of at least 12 months of cohabitation (exceptions might apply); whereas if you are married the length of the relationship can be less. If the couple register the relationship in the state where they live (New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia or Tasmania), the 12 months of evidences will not be required. The registration process is different for each state.

The Department will assess the genuineness of the relationship against 4 main factors:


– Financial aspects

– The nature of the household

– Social recognition

– The nature of the commitment


Further to 24 months holding a 820 visa, candidates can apply for the 801 PR visa.

If your partner wishes to lodge an application while overseas, he/she will apply for a Subclass 309 (provisional) and 100 (permanent). The requirements are the same but he/she must be offshore when the application is lodged and when the provisional visa is granted.

Parent Visa

parents of a child who is an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen might be able to apply for a Parent Visa to migrate to Australia.


Choosing the right visa depends on your personal circumstances and examining all the options can be overwhelming. We therefore recommend you to contact our Migration Agent to discuss the options that might be available to you.


Generally speaking, we can divide parent visas in two main categories: Non-Contributory Parent Visas and Contributory Parent Visas.

The first, although financially wise more convenient, has a longer processing time, 25-30 years, due to a cap posed on the amount of visas that can be processed in a given year.

The second has a much shorter processing period but a significantly higher cost.

Both categories include temporary and permanent visas.


To be eligible for a Parent Visa you must:


  • Meet the age requirement;
  • Be sponsored by an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zeland Citizen who is over 18 (special provisions for a sponsor under 18 years of age might apply) and lived lawfully in Australia for at least two years before lodging the application;
  • Pass the Balance of Family test. This means that at least half of your children or most of them live permanently in Australia.
  • Pass the health and police checks.

Child Visa

Children of Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen might be sponsored by their parents or their parents’ partner.

There are six visas in this category and each of them is designed to meet specific needs. Applying for the right visa will depend on your personal circumstances, so that we recommend to book an appointment with our Migration Agent to identify which visa better suit your case.

Other family visas

Tere are other family visas available for those who have relatives as Australian residents and/or Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens.


Every application is unique and needs to be put in the context of applicant’s personal circumstances.

It is important to understand that your job location needs to be in a regional area. Otherwise, you will not be eligible for this visa, regardless you have the right skills.


Every application is unique and needs to be put in the context of the Sponsor’s situation as well as the visa applicant’s personal circumstances.


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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the materials contained here and incorporated by reference, this presentation is not intended to constitute legal or immigration advice or assistance.