The Partner Visa program is designed to allow migrant partners to join their Australia spouse or de facto partner.
This visa allows you to enter Australia or stay here with your partner spouse on a temporary or permanent visa. It may also allow you to include eligible dependents in your application.
Your Australian partner (sponsor) must be either an Australian citizen or Australian Permanent Resident.
If you are married in any other country as per that country’s law, then your marriage will be generally recognised as valid in Australia. We may have to evaluate whether your marriage is considered legal in Australia also.
If you and your partner are in a de facto relationship, you will have to show that you have been in a permanent relationship for at least 12 months preceding your visa application. You will have to also show that you have been living together for at least 6 months before applying.
Same sex couples can also apply for the visa under this category.
You may also be considered defacto if you have lived in Victoria for the last 12 months and have registered your relationship with the Victoria Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry.
If you are the parent of a child who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, you may be eligible to apply for a Parent Visa. To apply for this visa you will have to be sponsored by your child or the guardian of your child (a family relative, the spouse of your child, a community organization or the guardian of your child’s spouse). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen or Australian Permanent Resident.
The Parent Visa has a significant criterion that must be satisfied which is referred to as the ‘balance of family test’. The ‘balance of family test’ requires that at least half of your children are Australian citizen or Australian Permanent Resident.
There are a few different pathways for children to join their family in Australia, these include:
Permanent Visa For Children
This visa allows a child or the stepchild of an Australian citizen or Australia Permanent Resident to join their family in Australia.
Permanent Visa For Orphan Relatives
This visa applies to those children whose parents are either incapacitated permanently missing or deceased. The orphan must have a sponsor who is an Australian citizen or Australia Permanent Resident.
Permanent Visa For Adopted Children
This visa is for children who are adopted or will be adopted by citizens of Australia. The Australian citizen who is adopting the child from a different country must be an Australian citizen or Australia Permanent Resident
Visa For Dependent Children
The children of parents holding temporary partner’s visa and are yet to obtain a permanent partner visa can apply for this visa.