Family Visas

Partner Visas

Partner category migration allows for the grant of a visa that permits married partners (Opposite sex spouses) and de facto partners (including those in a same-sex relationship) of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens to enter and remain permanently in Australia.

Initially, partners who meet the legal criteria for the grant of the visa are granted a temporary visa. Later, a permanent visa may be granted following an eligibility period or, if there is a long-standing relationship or children of the relationship, soon after grant of the temporary visa.


Partner category migration also allows for the temporary entry to Australia of fiancé(e)s (intended spouses) of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens. As the partner or fiancé(e) of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you do not have an automatic right of permanent residence in Australia.

If you wish to reside permanently in Australia, you must first apply for a permanent visa and be assessed against the legal criteria for the grant of that visa.

There are two visa types in the partner category:

  • a partner visa is for a spouse or de facto partner, including a same-sex partner of an Australian sponsor
  • a prospective marriage visa is for a fiancé who is overseas and plans to marry their Australian sponsor after travelling to Australia.

Partner Visas

A child will need a visa if they are:

  • Not the holder of a permanent visa, and are
  • Intending to travel to, enter, or remain in Australia indefinitely.
A child might be eligible for a child visa if they are:
  • Under 18 years of age, and
  • Single (not married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship)
  • In certain circumstances, a person over 18 years of age might be considered as a child.

Adoption visa options
A child might be eligible to apply for an adoption visa if they are:

  • Under 18 years of age, and
  • Single (not married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship)
A person who has been adopted, but is over 18 years of age cannot apply for this visa

Parent Visas

You might be eligible to apply for a parent category visa if:

  • you have a child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • your child has been living in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before you lodge your visa application
  • you have a sponsor
  • you meet the Balance of family test criteria
  • you meet health and character requirements.
There are two visa types in the parent category:
  • a contributory parent visa is for parents of an Australian sponsor where the applicant pays a higher visa application charge as a contribution to the cost of their health and welfare in Australia
  • a parent visa is for parents of an Australian sponsor. This visa type includes the Parent (subclass 103) and the Aged Parent (subclass 804).
There are more places available for contributory parent visa applicants and application processing times are significantly shorter. However, applicants must pay a higher second instalment of the visa application charge and a larger Assurance of Support (AoS) bond, with a longer AoS period than parent visa applicants.

Other family Visas

The other family category consists of the following three visa types:

  • a carer visa is for applicants willing and able to give substantial, continuing assistance to an Australian relative or member of their family who has a medical condition that impairs their ability to attend to the practical aspects of daily life. The need for assistance must be likely to continue for at least two years
  • an aged dependent relative visa is for single, widowed, divorced or formally separated applicants who are dependent on an Australian relative
  • a remaining relative visa is for applicants who have no near relatives outside Australia and are the brother, sister, child or step equivalent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

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