Dependent Visa Australia has become a famous option for those people who migrate to Australia but have to be separated from their family.
The Dependent Visa Australia allows international students/professionals to bring their families to live in Australia for the duration of the main visa holder. So, you can bring your family/partner to Australia using an Australian Dependent Visa.
In this article, ONE derland Consulting will provide information about the types of visas that can bring family/partners on the Dependent Visa Australia Program and the application process also the requirements for each visa that can be listed in the Dependent Visa Program.
What is the Dependent Visa Australia?
The Dependent Visa Australia is a visa program which allows your immediate family member to join you in Australia. To be eligible for a dependent visa in Australia, your family member must meet the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU), which is:
- spouse or de facto partner of the primary applicant
- the main applicant’s or their partner’s child who is not engaged, married, or in a de facto relationship and is:
- under the age of 18, or
- between the ages of 18 and 23 and dependent on the main applicant or the main applicant’s partner, or
- ages of 23 or older and dependent on the main applicant or the main applicant’s partner due to a partial or total physical or mental disability
- the above-mentioned child’s dependant child
Dependent Visa Australia for Your Family Members
There are several types of visas included in the Dependent Visa Australia Program, including:
- Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445)
If you are a parent who migrates to Australia under the Partner Visa program, and you want to bring your child along to migrate to Australia, you can apply for a Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445). Be noted that once your child is granted the 445 visa, you must include your child in your permanent Partner Visa application. Then, your child will be granted the PR visa together when your permanent Partner Visa is granted.
- Student Visa Subsequent Entrant
This is for the Dependent Student Visa holder. If you are a dependent of a Student Visa holder and plan to join your family in Australia, you can consider an application for Student Visa Subsequent Entrant. In this visa, someone who can be categorised as the family of this student visa holder is:
- Spouse or de facto partner of the main student visa holder
- Children of the main student visa holders who are under 18 years of age
- Child Visa (Subclass 101 and subclass 802)
Dependent Child Visa or simply Child Visa Australia has two different subclasses, which are subclass 101 and subclass 802. Subclass 101 is specified for children who are still outside Australia, while the parents are in Australia already. If you are in this situation, you may consider a Child Visa (subclass 101) application for your children so they can join you in Australia.
Meanwhile, if your child is already in Australia holding a valid substantive visa, you may consider a subclass 802 application for them to stay lawfully and permanently with you.
Be noted that as the parent, you must meet the sponsorship requirements as well, including being the child’s biological parent and hold a status of Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.
- Aged Dependent Relatives Visa (Subclass 114)
This permanent visa is for a single older person, who relies on a relative living in Australia for financial support. The visa will allow your relative to move to Australia permanently. With this visa your relative can work and study in Australia, enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme and sponsor your relatives to come to Australia.
So if you have a relative who is in the pension age, living alone and fully dependent on you in terms of food, clothes and other financial support, you may consider this visa for them.
- Subsequent Entrant Visa Under Work Visa Program
There is also a subsequent entrant option under the working visa program. The subsequent entrant option is available for the following working visa subclasses:
- Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485)
- Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482)
- Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (subclass 494)
Be noted that you must be the spouse or children of the holder of above visas to be eligible for this visa program.
Let’s Find the Process and How to Apply in Every Dependent Visa!
After knowing the types of visas listed in the Dependent Visa Australia Program, what you need to know next is the process and how to apply for every visa. This will make it easier for you to apply for a dependent visa Australia and minimise errors or lack of documents when processing a dependent visa Australia. Let’s look at the process and how to apply for every visa based on The Department of Home Affairs:
- Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445):
Before you apply, check if the child’s passport is valid. Then complete the forms and get the photos, documents and translations you need. After completing the forms, you can apply for this visa on paper and you must complete the forms in English.
The Australian Government will tell you when they have received the application and documents. After you apply, the Department of Home Affairs will make a decision and the child can be inside or outside Australia to receive it. They will tell you a decision in writing, if they grant the visa, they will tell you:
- The visa grant number
- The date the visa starts
- Any visa conditions
If The Department of Home Affairs refuse the visa, they will tell you:
- Why they are refused the visa
- Whether there is a right to a review of the decision
- Subsequent Entrant under Student Visa (Subclass 500)
The application process for a dependent student visa holder through subsequent entrant is the same as student visa. The important thing to note is that you must make sure that you were declared as a family member in your family’s Student Visa application. If they did not declare you as their family member, you must apply for a new Student Visa and provide a statement as to why they did not declare you as a family member.
This visa allows you to stay in Australia while the main student visa holder is studying.
- Child Visa (Subclass 101 and subclass 802)
The process and application for this type of visa is almost the same as the Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445). Before you apply, check if the child’s passport is valid. Then complete the forms and get the photos, documents and translations you need. After completing the forms, you can apply for this visa on paper and you must complete the forms in English.
The Australian Government will tell you when they have received the application and documents.
- Aged Dependent Relatives Visa (Subclass 114)
First, you have to check your passport before you apply. The Department of Home Affairs will only grant the visa if you have a valid passport. After preparing the passport, you need proof of identity and character documents. You will also need your sponsor documents. Then, you must apply for a visa on paper and you must be outside of Australia when you apply. The Department of Home Affairs will let you know the decision in writing.
- Subsequent Entrant Visa under Working Visa program
The process is varying depending on each visa subclass. You can find the detailed information in this article: Subsequent Entrant Visa – All You Need To Know 2023
What’s the Criteria to meet the Definition of “Dependant”?
There are different eligibility criteria in every dependent visa Australia, but there are general criteria that you have to know:
- Dependent refers to those who have relied entirely or primarily on you for a significant period of time to meet their basic requirements of food, clothes, and housing.
- For dependent children, they must be under 18 years old to be considered as “dependent” for most Australian dependent visa applications.
- If the dependent child is above 18 years old, they must continuously be an active student or provide proof that they are physically unable to support themselves financially.
- If a dependent is 18 years of age or older, a dependent must have read the Life in Australia booklet and sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws
- Specifically for Aged Dependent Relatives Visa (Subclass 114), you must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia, you must be dependent on your relative in Australia for basic needs like food, shelter and clothing for at least 3 years before you apply for the visa. To be eligible for this visa you must have no partner.
If you are still confused about how to bring your family/partner to Australia with a dependent visa, you can look for assistance for dependent visa application.
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