Approximately one quarter of the Australian population was born overseas. Often these foreign born people still have family in their country of origin. Visiting families overseas can be both expensive and limited by VISA conditions. It is sometimes possible to bring the family to Australia. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens may be eligible to sponsor their families to live in Australia, though the condition for this are complex.
Individuals married to Australian citizens, or Australian permanent residents may be granted a VISA, depending on circumstances. De-facto relationships may also be eligible for VISAs.
There is an application and assessment process for the partners of Australian citizens and residents. The granting of the VISA is not a legal right and not guaranteed.
The parents of an Australian citizen or permanent resident may be eligible for residency in Australia if they meet family test, health and character requirements.
Australian citizens and residents may sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for five years at a time.
It is sometime possible to bring an older relative to Australia if they are dependant or if they have no other close relatives.
There are several different VISA options for bringing a child to Australia.
Individuals may be bought to Australia where there is a long-term or permanent medical condition.
Consult our immigration lawyers to find the best process for bringing a family member to Australia.