Critical family reunion visas come back


Following the Disallowance Motion passed through the Senate this morning, the following categories of family reunion visas that were previously discontinued by the Government in June this year will reopen to applications from today for another six months.  In six months time, these categories visas will be permanently closed.  This six month window will be rare opportunity for those who wish to bring their families to Australia under these categories of visas. 
The categories of visas and their criteria are:
Subclass 103 & 804 Non-contributory Parent Visa

  • have a child who is:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances)
  • meet the balance-of-family test
    • meet health and character requirements
    • have a sponsor.

Subclass 115   & 835   Remaining Relative

  • your (and your partner's) only near relatives live in Australia
  • an eligible near relative or their partner will sponsor you and all family members included as applicants in your application
  • you have someone who will provide an assurance of support
  • you and your family members meet health and character requirements.

Subclass 114 and  838 Aged Dependent Relative 

  • are sponsored by a relative or their partner who lives in Australia
  • do not have a spouse or de facto partner
  • meet the dependency requirements
  • meet the age requirements
  • have someone who will provide an assurance of support
  • meet health and character requirements.

Subclass 116 and 836  Carer visa

  • you need to move to Australia to:
    • care for a relative in Australia with a long-term medical condition, or
    • assist a relative in providing this care to a member of their family unit living in their household.
  • your relative (or their family member) has their medical condition assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services as being a one which significantly affects them in attending to the practical aspects of daily life and which will need direct care for at least two years
  • your relative cannot reasonably get the care they need from any other relative in Australia or from welfare, hospital or nursing community services in Australia
  • you are willing and able to provide substantial and continuing assistance
  • you should fully understand what kind of care or assistance your relative needs
  • you and your family members meet health and character requirements.

If you need any help with lodging the categories of visa above, please urgently contact VisaMaster on  03 9908 3888

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