Family stream migration is an important part of Australia’s Migration Programme. All family stream visa applicants must be sponsored by a close family relative, a partner or a fiancé, depending on the visa they apply for.
Partner visas are available to people who are married to, in a de facto relationship or in a same sex relationship with an Australian partner. The application can be made in or outside Australia.
The prospective marriage visa is available to people outside Australia who intend to marry their Australian sponsoring partner after they enter Australia. This visa is not available for people in Australia.
A Child Visa is for children not included in the application of their parents but who migrate separately. They must be sponsored by a parent or relative, or that person’s cohabiting partner.
The Parent Visa is for parents of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, who is ‘settled’ at the time the application is lodged. They must also satisfy the balance of family test. They are usually sponsored by their child, but they may also be sponsored by their child’s partner. If the child is under 18 years of age, certain other people are able to sponsor the applicant.