Partner - Spouse, De facto and Fiancé Visas
This category of visa enables a person who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to undertake sponsorship responsibilities for their spouse, de facto partner or fiancé. An important consideration for this class of visa is how DHA defines the type of relationship, and the evidence required to prove that the relationship is genuine. Married persons, prospective marriages, de facto relationships (including same sex couples) all fall within the ambit of this definition.
Parents - Contributory and Non Contributory Visas
This visa category provides an opportunity for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia as temporary or permanent residents.
This category of visa generally requires meeting a "balance of family" test to determine whether parents are eligible to apply. The eligible child is also required to be "settled" in Australia.
Children - Child, Adopted, Orphaned and Dependent Child Visas
There are a range of visas which facilitate permanent residence for children, orphaned relatives and other dependents of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. There is also a temporary visa option available to dependent children of parents who hold partner visas (addressed above).
Other Family - Remaining Relative, Aged Dependents and Carer Visas
There are additional visa classes to facilitate permanent residence for last remaining relatives offshore to join brothers and sisters in Australia, offshore aged dependents, and for persons claiming to be the carer of an Australian relative.