DEPENDANT VISA FOR AUSTRALIA
Australia has always been welcoming to its migrants. To take benefit of Australia’s high standard of living, modern educational infrastructure, and advanced technology people across the globe are moving to Australia. In 2020, an estimated 7.6 million immigrants were living in Australia, out of which Indian citizens were the second largest group of migrants.
If your family member is either studying or working in Australia, you can join them and live in Australia by applying for a Dependant visa. If you are a prospective applicant, keep reading the article.
What is an Australian dependent visa?
An Australian dependant visa is a visa permit that allows the family members of a temporary visa holder (student visa or a business visa) to live in Australia as a dependant.
Types of Family Visas for Australia
- Partner Visa: This is for spouses, same-sex partners, and fiancés. There are two categories of partner visas – subclass 820 and subclass 801.
- Prospective Marriage visa: This type of visa (subclass 300) is for the candidates who are engaged to either a PR holder in Australia, an Australian citizen, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- Child Visa: This type of visa (subclass 101) is for children of a PR holder in Australia, an Australian citizen, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- Parent Visa: There are two categories under this type of Parent migrant visa (subclass 103) and Aged parent visa (subclass 804).
- Dependant visa: This type of visa is for the family members of a work visa holder or a student visa holder in Australia.
Eligibility criteria to apply for a dependent visa for Australia
- For a candidate to apply for a spouse visa, prospective marriage visa, child visa, and parent visa, their family members living in Australia should either be a PR holder in Australia, an Australian citizen, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- For a candidate to be eligible to apply for an Australian dependent visa, they either must be one of the following:
- When applying for a student dependant visa:
- Spouse or partner of the primary visa holder.
- An unmarried child who is not more than 18 years of age.
- When applying for a Work dependant visa:
The eligibility criteria to apply for a work dependent visa is based on the type of visa held by the family member in Australia.
- For a temporary work visa holder, only their spouse, partner, and unmarried minor child are eligible to apply for a Work dependant visa.
- For a migrant worker or business visa holder, any of their family members (spouse, child below the age of 25, parents, grandparents) are eligible to apply for a dependant visa.
List of documents required to apply for an Australian family visa
The candidate has to ensure that they put together the following documents before they start their dependant visa application process:
- An Indian passport that is valid.
- A photograph of the applicant that is not older than 6 months and is in the size 35mm to 40 mm. It should also meet the Australian photo specifications
- A document proving that the primary visa holder can financially support their dependants.
- If the dependant is a spouse, documents like a marriage certificate has to be submitted.
- If the dependant is a child, documents like a birth certificate and school enrollment have to be submitted.
- A document showing that the dependent meets all the health parameters and has purchased health insurance.
- Character documents like a police certificate, military certificate, form-80 will be asked to prove that the candidate is of good character.
- Special documents required when applying for a student dependant visa for Australia:
- A fully filled form 919, an application to nominate the student dependants.
How to apply for an Australian family visa?
Adhere to the following steps to apply for an Australian Family visa:
- Step 1: Decide on which type of visa to apply for: There are different types of visas, therefore before starting the application process, check all the types of Australian family visas and their eligibility requirements.
- Step 2: Arrange for all the required documents.
- Step 3: Apply for the desired visa by filling the relevant application form
- Step 4: Pay the visa application fees.
- Step 5: After submitting the application form and paying the fee, the candidate might be required to give biometrics, health examinations or any other documents.
- Step 6: Wait for the outcome of the visa.
How much does it cost to apply for an Australian Family visa?
The cost to apply for an Australian family visa depends on the type of visa the candidate is applying for. Refer to the table below to understand the application fee for different visas.
|Aged Dependent visa
|Prospective Marriage visa
|Aged parent visa
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What is the processing time of an Australian Family Visa?
The processing time visa depends on the type of visa the candidate is applying for. The average processing time for any type of family visa would be 4 months to 29 months. The processing time depends on many factors such as the number of applicants.
How long can a person with an Australian Family Visa stay in Australia?
The validity of each type of family visa differs. For instance, a person holding a Prospective marriage visa can stay up to 15 months from the visa issuance day.
Top FAQs Asked by Indians applying for Australia Dependent Visa
Individuals can work and receive all employment privileges in Australia by holding a partner visa.
Yes, you can take your parents to Australia. There are different types of Australian family visas available (subclass 103, subclass 804, subclass 143, subclass 173) and in order to take your parents to Australia, you can apply for any one of the visas that meet your requirements.