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Australia Dependent Visa Process

Australia has many provisions to help immigrants living in the country to bring their dependents to the country. Australia offers dependent visas to almost every category of visa holder from work visa to student visa holders. They can bring their dependents- partners and children on the Australia dependent visa.

Subclass 309 visa (partner provisional visa)
Through this visa, the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or qualified New Zealand citizen can stay in Australia on a temporary basis. The first step towards a permanent Partner Visa (subclass 100) is to get this visa.

The applicant must be in a genuine relationship with the spouse or de facto partner in Australia when applying for the visa.

The Subclass 309 visa is a temporary visa and the applicant must be outside Australia when he is applying for this visa.

The Subclass 309 visa holder can:

  • Work in Australia
  • Study in Australia
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as needed
  • Attend up to 510 hours of free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • Make use of Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • Family members including dependent children can be included in the application and their visas will be approved provided they meet health and character requirements.
Duration of stay
  • Family members including dependent children can be included in the application, the stay will be temporary until a decision on the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) application is made, or if the application is withdrawn. The average length of stay ranges from 15 to 24 months.
Subclass 100 visa

This visa is granted to those who have the Subclass 309 visa. Holders of this visa are allowed to stay permanently on this visa and later apply for citizenship. For this the visa holder must have a genuine and ongoing relationship with the partner living in Australia.

Australia dependent visa for children

Various child visa categories are available in Australia to assist immigrants in bringing their biological child, adopted child, or stepchild to the country. Either the parent is a resident of the country or has a PR visa.

If one of the parents is an Australian citizen or holds an Australian PR, a child born in Australia automatically receives Australian citizenship.

The Dependent Child Visa in Australia consists of four subclasses, they are:

  • Child Visa 101
  • Child Visa 102
  • Child Visa 802
  • Child Visa 445
Eligibility requirements for child visa
  • The applicant must be either an Australian citizen, hold a permanent resident visa for Australia or be a citizen of New Zealand
Benefits of the Australia Child Visa

The child is free to travel to Australia indefinitely.

The child has the right to study and complete his education in the country

The child is eligible for Australian citizenship

For student dependents

If you are coming to Australia to study, you are allowed to bring your family along. You can either include them in your initial student visa application or apply for their visas after you have begun your course in Australia so that they can join you. Dependent visas are available for spouses, partners, and unmarried children under the age of 18.

If you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, you will need to fill out Form 157A with their details. The key student visa holder must have a visa that is valid for at least 12 months and have sufficient funds and insurance to cover all expenses during that period.

 Documents required
  • Form 919, Nomination of student dependents
  • Form 157A, Application for a student visa
  • A letter from one of your teachers stating:
    • Name of your course
    • Length of the course and your expected completion date
    • If you are satisfying all the course requirements;
  • Proof that you can financially support your dependent family members
  • Proof of family ties such as marriage certificate or birth certificate
  • Proof of school enrolment of school-aged children
  • Proof of health insurance for dependents

For post study work dependents

The Post Study Work visa holder must show proof of employment and necessary funds along with other documents like relationship proof and Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).

For work visa dependents

Your dependent family members are entitled to join you in Australia on dependent visas if you are coming on a work visa.

Only your spouse or de facto partner, as well as any unmarried children under the age of 18, are eligible for dependent family visas if you are visiting Australia on a temporary worker visa.

If you are coming to Australia on a migrant worker or business visa, any dependent family members are eligible. These include:

  • Spouse or de facto partner
  • Any children under the age of 25
  • Aged dependent relatives such as parents or grandparents.
Australia dependent visa for children

Australia offers various child visa categories to help immigrants bring their biological child, adopted child or stepchild to the country. The parent must be either a citizen of the country or a PR visa holder.

A child that is born in Australia automatically receives Australian citizenship if one of the parents is an Australian citizen or holds an Australian PR.

The Dependent Child Visa in Australia consists of four subclasses, they are:

  • Child Visa 101
  • Child Visa 102
  • Child Visa 802
  • Child Visa 445

Your child will be eligible for a dependent visa, under the following conditions:

  • You are an Australian citizen
  • You hold a permanent resident visa for Australia
  • You are a citizen of New Zealand
Benefits of the Australia Child Visa
  • The child can travel indefinitely to Australia
  • The child earns the right to study and complete his education in Australia
  • The child is eligible for an Australian citizenship
FAQ
How long does it take to get a Spouse Visa for Australia?

The processing time for Partner visa 309 and Visa 100 is difficult to predict because it is dependent on a number of factors. The following factors affect the spouse visa processing time:

 Filling out the application form with the required information.

Time required to answer a query.

Verifying the information provided by you

The processing time is usually between 17 to 24 months.

What documents are required for Spouse Visa in Australia?

The documents required for the Australia Spouse Visa applications are:

Completely filled Application Form 47SP

The Sponsor in Australia must provide Form 40SP to the partner as a sponsor

Receipt of Visa application fee payment

Latest and valid passports

2 latest 45 mm x 35 mm dimension passports size photographs

Certified copies of a Birth certificate with names of both the parents

Certified copies of Marriage certificate

The health examination report, chiefly Chest X-ray, Urine and Blood tests

Must have OSHC – Health Insurance

Latest Police certificate showing that the applicant has not committed any offence

Can I take my spouse to Australia on Study Visa?

You can bring your spouse with you if you are married while applying for the Australia Study Visa. You will have to fulfil the Visa criteria being the primary applicant. The spouse will also get the Visa if the Visa criteria are met by the primary applicant.

How much does a Spouse Visa cost in Australia?

The Australia Spouse Visa fee is $ 7,715. This is if you apply either in Australia or from overseas. It covers the provisional Visa followed by the application for PR Visa.

What documents are required for Spouse Visa in Australia?

The documents required for the Australia Spouse Visa applications are:

  • Completely filled Application Form 47SP
  • The Sponsor in Australia must provide Form 40SP to the partner as a sponsor
  • Receipt of Visa application fee payment
  • Latest and valid passports
  • 2 latest 45 mm x 35 mm dimension passports size photographs
  • Certified copies of a Birth certificate with names of both the parents
  • Certified copies of Marriage certificate
  • The health examination report, chiefly Chest X-ray, Urine and Blood tests
  • Must have OSHC – Health Insurance
  • Latest Police certificate showing that the applicant has not committed any offence

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