As we all know, Australia is one of the most sought-after choices when it comes to migration. Humans have been historically known to move to different locations in order to grow and develop. Even in the 21st century, we migrate to different locations for personal growth and social prosperity.




Certain countries have stringent immigration rules and are not very open towards outsider. The southern continent however, is particularly welcoming when it comes to immigrants. As Australia has been facing a shortage of skilled workers, there are specific policies that aid the immigration process for them.


People of different countries and age groups have and are immigrating to Australia due to a number of reasons. The young move here for better prospects in higher education, the working class migrates here for the ample job opportunities and the aged move here for an enriched retired life. The scenic beauty and healthy lifestyle of Australia is bound to attract individuals from all ages.


Whether you are a student or an aged person, Australia has a long list of options to select from depending upon your circumstances and situations.


Let us have a look at the options for family immigration to Australia.


Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents as well as suitable New Zealand residents are eligible to sponsor their families for residence in Australia. The term family covers relations such as spouse, partner, birth and adopted children, parents and to some extent even relatives.


Following are the broad categories under which families can conveniently migrate to Australia:


Partner Visa

Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand residents can apply for partner visas to bring their spouse to Australia under the category of partner visa. Following people (of Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand residents) are eligible to apply under the category of partner visas:

  • Spouse,
  • Fiancé, or
  • De facto partner (including same sex).
  • At times even partners who are not married but can provide proof for living together for more than 12 months are deemed eligible under certain circumstances.


A partner migration booklet is available on the government website that answers queries regarding eligibility, timelines and documentations.


Child Visas

Birth or adopted children can be brought to Australia on permanent residency or student visas by their parents’ application for the same. Individuals are considered children when they are under the age of 18 years and unmarried. Adopted children fulfilling the same criteria are also eligible for applying visa.


Adults who are above 18 years of age, and are Australian citizen, permanent residents, or eligible citizen of New Zealand can sponsor children for child visa.


Parent Visas

Individuals who fulfil the criteria required for parent visa are eligible to apply. A parent-category visa holder is allowed to stay for two years as a temporary resident, or can permanently reside as an Australian permanent resident.


Individuals can apply for the Australian parent-category visa when they fulfil all of the following basic conditions:

  • The applicant child has been residing in Australia for two years before lodging the application.
  • The applicant child is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible citizen of New Zealand.
  • The applicant parent has a sponsor, meets the health requirements and the balance of family criteria.

Other Family Members Options

Application under this category includes provisions for other aged and dependant relatives, extended relatives and care takers. The applicants need to be related to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand residents.


These and other such provisions prove that Australia is not only welcoming towards skilled immigrants but also takes care to allow and migrate their and other’s families with such different provisions in place.


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