Family Migration

All family visas – except those in the spouse, prospective marriage and interdependent subclasses – result in the grant of permanent residence. These visa types initially result in a ‘provisional’ two year visa. Once this two year period expires, DIMA requires evidence that the relationship is still genuine and ongoing. Applicants who are able to provide this information then receive full permanent residence. Note that during this provisional period, you have full work rights and access to Medicare.

Australia’s family migration scheme is designed to allow people to migrate to Australia to join family members already living here as permanent residents or Australian citizens. A person who qualifies to migrate to Australia may include their family unit in their Visa. Normally the Australian relative must sign and lodge sponsorship papers with the Australian Government. We provide the following brief summary of the types of migration Visas available to people with family members living in Australia as permanent residents or Australian citizens.

Parent Visa:
There are a number of visas to choose from:
– Subclass 143 Visa: Contributory Parent Visa (offshore)
– Subclass 864 Visa: Contributory Aged Parent Visa (onshore)
– Subclass 103 Visa: General Parent Visa
– Subclass 804 Visa: Aged Parent Visa (onshore)
– Subclass 173 Visa: Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (offshore)
– Subclass 870 Visa: Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa

Remaining Relative Visa
– Subclass 115 Visa: Remaining Relative Visa (Offshore)
– Subclass 835 Visa: Remaining Relative Visa (Onshore)

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