If you are an Australian citizen (or a settled permanent resident), there may be scope for bringing your family members to Australia. There are a variety of visas by which families can migrate, including:
- Partner visas
- Fiancé (Prospective Marriage) visas
- Parent visas (including contributory parent visas)
- visas for remaining relatives, carers and children.
Generally speaking, these visa applications allow you, as the Australian citizen or permanent resident, to sponsor the family member’s prospective migration.
The evidence that needs to be provided will vary between applications; however, it’s imperative that, for partner and fiance visas, you prove the relationship between yourself and the applicant. The application will be heavily scrutinised by the Australian Department of Home Affairs so that they are confident that the relationship is genuine.
Establishing that you meet general health and character requirements (also known as ‘public interest criteria’) is part and parcel of every visa application.