A family stream permanent visa , as the name suggests is for the family of either an Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Australia; including partners, parents, children or dependents; children adopted outside Australia by the Australian PR Holder or Citizen or for carers who intend to settle in Australia in order to provide long term care to a relative (approved).

This manifests in the form of the following options

Prospective Marriage Visa Subclass 300

The Subclass 300 entitles an individual to come to Australia in order to marry prospective partner and then entitles to apply for the Partner Visa. The candidate should be outside Australia at the time of the application.
The estimated length of stay granted for this visa is between 9 to 15 months and the median application processing time is between 2 to 2.5 years.

Partner visa Subclasses 309 and 100 (Application to be made overseas)

This particular visa entitles the partner/ spouse of either an Australian PR Holder, Australian Citizen or qualifying New Zealand Citizen to live in Australia. Both provisional and permanent partner visas can be applied together. The candidate should be outside Australia at the time of the application. Typically, partner provisional visas (subclass 309) are processed in a median time of 3 years while Partner (Migrant) Visas (subclass 100) are processed in a median time of 20 months.

Partner visa Subclasses 820 and 821 (Application to be made from within Australia)

This particular visa entitles the partner/ spouse of either an Australian PR Holder, Australian Citizen or qualifying New Zealand Citizen to live in Australia. Both provisional and permanent partner visas can be applied together. The candidate should be in Australia at the time of the application. The temporary partner visa entitles the prospective candidate to stay in Australia while the permanent application gets processed. Typical processing times of temporary partner visa ( subclass 820) and permanent primary visa (subclass 801) take about 2 years and 1 year respectively.

Aged Dependent Relative visa Subclass 838

Here is an interesting option for you if you are an elderly that intends to stay permanently in Australia and relies relative living in Australia for financial assistant. The application should be made while one is in Australia and should meet the eligibility requirements of an aged pensioner in Australia. However, be wary prior to making the application as the queue times can be high as up to 50 years.

Remaining Relative visa Subclass 835

Here is another interesting option for Australian Permanent Residence for you if your only close relatives are in Australia. You should apply for this visa from within Australia and ensure that your near lives (yours and partners’) are in Australia as well. A word of caution though- these visas can have high waiting times of up to 50 years.

Carer Visa Subclass 836 and 116

Now if you are someone who intends to provide long term care to a relative based in Australia with a long-term medical condition, this is the immigration pathway for you to explore. You must apply from within Australia for subclass 836 and outside Australia for subclass 116

Orphan Relative visa Subclass 837

If you are a single orphaned child in Australia with aa relative based in Australia, then you can apply for this immigration route from within the country. Please note to apply in paper.

Immigrate as an Aged Relative/Parents

Looking for immigration pathways as an aged parent, following might be interested options for you to explore from within and outside Australia

  • Aged Parent visa Subclass 804

  • Contributory Aged Parent visa Subclass 864

  • Contributory Parent visa Subclass 143

  • Parent visa Subclass 103

  • Aged Dependent Relative visa Subclass 838

  • Aged Dependent Relative visa Subclass 144

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