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Australia provides a number of different ways for people to sponsor family members for permanent residency in Australia. The primary areas of family sponsorship include:

Parent Visas

These visas are available to parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand residents living in Australia.

General Requirements
* The Parent must meet the “Balance of Family” test, which requires that the number of children of that parent who live permanently in Australia must be greater than the number of children who live outside Australia, or must be greater than the number of children who live outside Australia in any single country
* The sponsoring child must have been resident in Australia for at least 2 years, which is referred to as being “settled” in Australia
* All parent visas require a sponsor

Types of Parent Visas

Parent – available to parents, however the number of these visas issued by Australian government is very tightly constrained. The current processing time for Parent visas can be over 15 years.

Contributory Parent – available to parents, however requires a much higher application fee and medical fee to be paid. Processing on these visas can be 18 months or less

Aged Parent – available to older parents (male over 65, female age limit varies)

Remaining Relative Visa

These visas are available to a person whose entire family, including the family of the person’s spouse, has already moved to and resides in Australia. The visa applicant must have no brothers, sisters, or parents living outside Australia.

Aged Dependent Relative Visa

This type of visa is designed to assist an older person who is single and is financially dependent on an Australia citizen or permanent resident for support.

To start the process of your migration to Australia and get answers to your migration questions, schedule your private consultation with migration lawyer Mark Northam today by Skype, phone, or at our offices in Sydney.

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