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Dependent Visa Options for Family Migration to Australia

Family is the heart of every community, uniting individuals through bonds of love, support, and shared experiences. When exploring opportunities for relocation and immigration, understanding visa options is essential to ensuring each family member can thrive in a new environment.

Whether reuniting with a spouse, partner, or dependents, prioritizing family unity underscores the foundational importance of familial connections in shaping our lives and embracing new opportunities together, especially when planning to relocate to Australia and considering the diverse dependent visa options available.


Here’s a quick guide for you;


(Subclasses 820/801 for onshore applicants and 309/100 for offshore applicants)

  • Who can apply: Spouses or de facto partners (including same-sex partners) of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.

  • Process: Partner visas are issued in two phases. Initially, a temporary visa (Subclasses 820 or 309) permits the partner to reside in Australia. Upon satisfying specified criteria, such as proving a genuine relationship and meeting health and character standards, applicants become eligible to seek a permanent visa (Subclasses 801 or 100).

  • Key Requirements: Evidence of a genuine and ongoing relationship, financial aspects, health assessments, and adherence to Australian immigration laws are crucial. Financial evidence can include joint financial commitments and shared living arrangements.


(Subclasses 101/102, 802, 445)


  • Who can apply: Dependent children (including stepchildren and adopted children) of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.  

  • Process: The appropriate subclass varies based on whether the child is applying from within or outside Australia. Factors such as age and relationship to the sponsoring parent also influence the visa type (Subclasses 101/102, 802, 445).

  • Key Requirements: Proof of dependency, financial support, health, and character assessments, and evidence of the relationship with the sponsoring parent is essential.


(Subclasses 103, 143, 173, 804, 864, 884)

  • Who can apply: Parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens who meet the balance-of-family test.

  • Process: Multiple subclasses are available depending on whether the parent is applying from within or outside Australia. Applicants must demonstrate that at least half of their children live permanently in Australia to satisfy the balance-of-family test.

  • Key Requirements: Meeting the balance-of-family test, financial support, health and character assessments, and compliance with Australian immigration laws are critical.



Additional visa pathways available include the Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114/838), designed for elderly relatives who rely on financial support from an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. Additionally, there are a range of Other Family Visas (Subclasses 114, 115, 116, 117, 836, 837) which cater to aged dependent relatives, remaining relatives, or carers, offering them an opportunity to permanently reunite with their Australian family members.


Australia involves navigating various dependent visa options tailored to different family members. These visa categories cater to spouses or de facto partners, dependent children, parents who meet the balance-of-family test, aged dependent relatives, remaining relatives, and carers. Each visa pathway requires applicants to meet specific criteria such as demonstrating genuine relationships, financial support, health assessments, and compliance with Australian immigration laws.


Understanding these requirements and seeking appropriate guidance can facilitate a smooth application process, ensuring families can reunite and settle in Australia successfully. For detailed information and assistance specific to your situation, consulting with a registered migration agent or visiting the official Australian immigration website is recommended.




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