Including Dependents On Your Visa Application
The Australian Government has introduced far reaching changes to the definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) for the purpose of most visa applications. There are now significant limitations on the class of persons that can be considered part of MoFU and hence be included in a visa application.
Character Assessment of Australian Sponsors of Partner Visa Applications
From 18 November 2016, Australian citizen and permanent resident Sponsors of Partner Visa and Prospective Marriage Visa applications (“a partner visa”), are subject to character testing. In line with current Australian Government strategies to reduce family violence in the Australian community, the new provisions have been introduced to prevent Australians who have committed a relevant offence from being able to sponsor someone for a partner visa.

Permanent Residency

Many of the visas discussed on our website are permanent residency visas, or are provisional visas which can provide a pathway to permanent residency. Australian permanent residents have a number of advantages which are not available to temporary visa holders.

Becoming a permanent resident entitles you to:

  • Remain in Australia indefinitely
  • Enter and depart Australia an unlimited amount of times
  • Sponsor family members and your partner to reside in Australia
  • Work an unlimited amount of hours in any position
  • Access Australia’s public health care system, Medicare
  • Access Australia’s Social Services
  • Educate your children at public primary and secondary schools
  • Concessionary rates for tertiary education

Contact Visa Lawyers Australia for assistance.