EMPLOYER SPONSORED VISA
A Work Visa can be applied for from in or outside of Australia, and we can arrange the Bridging Visa as part of the process. You can bring your family and the Work Visa is a pathway to permanent residency (often without waiting two years – ask us how).
SPONSORED EMPLOYEE VISA
Whether you are an Australian business or overseas business, if you would like to employ an overseas worker to fill a skilled position in Australia then you should consider a Work Visa (commonly called a TSS -Subclass 482 Visa).
With the Work Visa, you can employ a migrant worker for either up to 2 years or four years depending on whether the occupation is on the short term (STOL) or medium-long term (MITSSL) occupation list. By sponsoring a migrant worker on a Work Visa, you will have security that this employee will be loyal to you for as long as they wish to remain on that Work Visa.
Before you can employ a migrant worker, your business would need to be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor and we can help you with this process.
AUSTRALIAN SKILLED VISA
The visa is for skilled workers who are currently in or outside Australia who satisfy the point test.
Processing of applications are by invitation only and an intended applicant must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and have a suitable skills assessment for that occupation.
Lodge your visa application (with all the required documentary proof and evidence).
VISA FOR COUPLES
If your partner is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, then you may be eligible for a couple visa.
Ask us how to apply. We are also experienced in finalising your divorce with your previous partner so you can sponsor your new partner.
Your partner can be either your fiancé (e), spouse or de-facto partner, and can be of the same sex. It is important to get advice about timing issues and bridging visas so that you do not need to be separated from your partner.
Student visas are temporary visas which may lead to a graduate visa and permanent residency through the skilled visa process. Studying in Australia is a stepping stone to residency, and we can help you achieve this.
BUSINESS INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT VISA
The Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Subclass 188) Visa is for successful business innovators and investors who intend to invest or enter into business in Australia and contribute to the growth of the Australian economy.
BUSINESS TALENT VISA SUBCLASS 132
The business talent visa allows you to stay in Australia on a permanent basis and includes two streams: namely significant business history and Venture capital Entrepreneur stream.
Significant business history is for business owners who want to have a major management role in a new or existing business in Queensland.
Your must have net business and personal assets of at least AUD $ 1.5 million that are legally acquired and can be transferred to Australia within 2 years after the visa is granted. You must also be younger than 55 years of age.
BUSINESS INNOVATION AND INVESTMENT VISA
You must be sponsored by a state or territory government. This visa is for people from overseas who are less than 55 years old, and their families.
There is however no age limitation if you are willing to invest AUD 5 million into Australia.
You can be in or outside of Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided.
VISAS FOR PEOPLE AGED +55
Parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents have the option of applying for the various Parent visas that are available.
People aged 55+ can also apply for a long stay Visitor visa which allows eligible parents to visit their children in Australia for regular periods of up to 12 months at a time over an extended validity period.
For many families, temporary stay provides greater flexibility without the need to wait in a queue for years for a permanent visa.
Your children can sponsor you for an Australian visa if more than half your children are Australian permanent residents or citizens.
If that is the case, then you may wish to consider the following visas:
- Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa for parents outside Australia; or
- Aged Parent (Subclass 864) visa for parents in Australia.
These visas are permanent residency options, but applicants need to pay a higher visa application charge and assurance of support bond than the non-contributory Parent visa options previously available.
If you have relatives in Australia and no other relatives outside of Australia, you may apply for a Remaining Relative Visa – Subclass 115 (Offshore) and 835 (Onshore).
DISTINGUISHED TALENT VISA
The Distinguished Talent Visa is a permanent residence visa granted to people who have obtained recognition for exceptional achievement in:
- A profession
- Research or academia
- The arts.
- If you consider such a Visa may apply to you then contact us for more information.
- Entrepreneurs Visa
The Entrepreneur visa is a 4 year visa for people who have investor funding to develop an enterprise or business in Australia.
You need to have an agreement for at least $ 200,000 in funding from one of more of the following sources
Commonwealth agencies; State and territory governments, Publicly funded research organisations and Investors registered as Venture Capital Partnerships or Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships
PARTNER/SPOUSAL VISA: SUB CLASS 820
About this visa
The Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) is for people who want to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse.
It is a temporary visa for nine months. You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when the visa is granted. You must get married within 9 months. You can have the wedding in any country: the wedding does not need to be in Australia.
To be able to apply for an Australian Partner Visa through the De-Facto Relationship Visa Stream you must be in a relationship with an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or with a permanent Australian resident.
Your partner (including partners from same sex relationship) must sponsor your application, and there are certain requirements that need to be met, including:
- you have to be in a relationship for at least 12 months before you apply for the de-facto visa or have the relationship registered on the Relationship Registry depending in which State you reside;
- you have to provide proof, including documented information, that you live together or if you don’t live together, it is just temporary;
- you have to provide proof that your relationship is continuing.
Some of the factors that the Department of Home Affairs takes into account in deciding whether partners meet the requirement are:
Financial aspects of the relationship, including mutual financial obligations such as real estate, joint accounts and sharing everyday’s household expenses;
Mutual knowledge of their personal circumstances;
Social aspects of the relationship, statutory declarations from friends;
The level of commitment &relationship duration, e.g. how long have the partners lived together and whether the partners see their relationship together in long term.
De-Facto Visa Application Process
First you have to apply for a Temporary partner visa, whether you are in or outside Australia. This visa allows you to stay in Australia, to travel, work and study.
The most crucial requirement for obtaining a Temporary partner visa through a de-facto application is to satisfy the 1 year relationship requirement or Register the relationship with the relevant bodies in the State where you reside.
In some circumstances, the 12 months relationship requirement can be exempted if you:
- have children with your partner.
- the sponsor is a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, and the de-facto applicant has been in satisfactory relationship with the sponsor prior the humanitarian visa was granted, and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has been informed about this relationship.
- The de facto relationship has been registered as prescribed relationship in an Australian State or territory as prescribed by Legislation.
Following the grant of your Temporary Partner visa it takes two years from the date of application lodgement to be granted Permanent Residence provided that you are still in a relationship with your sponsoring partner.
You may be entitled to make a request to waive this 2-years waiting period before obtaining permanent residence in certain circumstances, including:
- You have been in a de-facto relationship for more than three years at the time of application.
- You have a child together, and you have been in a de-facto relationship for more than 2 years.
It is possible to apply for Partner Visa on de-facto grounds if one person is still legally married to a third party in some circumstances (e.g. while one of the parties is awaiting a divorce).
All the general requirements, including health and character checks, minimum age of 18 years &Australian values statement must also be met in order to apply for Partner visa under the de-facto relationship regime.
Married couples can apply for a spouse visa only after they have obtained their marriage certificate, and they must be living together.
Obtaining a Partner Visa is a two steps process. You apply for both temporary and permanent visa with one application. If you meet the requirements you are granted a temporary visa, which remains valid until a decision is made on the permanent visa. This is usually two years after your visa application is approved. If after this period you and your partner still meet the requirements you are granted a permanent visa.
You can be granted a permanent visa without the two-year waiting period if you can demonstrate that you:
- have been in a relationship or married for five years or more.
- have been in a relationship or married for two years or more and you have a dependent child together.
- your partner was granted protection or a permanent visa under the humanitarian program and you were in a relationship before the visa was granted.
Onshore applicants will need to apply for the Partner visa (Subclass 820 and 801), while offshore applicants will need to apply for the Partner visa (Subclass 309 and 100).
To apply for a Partner visa on the basis of marriage you must be legally married to your partner. If the marriage happened in a country other than Australia it is generally considered legal under the Australian law, with few exceptions such as same-sex marriages and polygamous marriages. Same sex marriages are eligible for partner visa applications only on the basis of de facto relationship.
The eligibility criteria for Partner visa on the basis of marriage are:
- Your partner(sponsor) must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- You must be legally married.
- You must show evidence that you and your partner are committed to a life as husband and wife with exclusion of other people.
- You must show evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship.
- You must live together with your partner, or if you are separated show that it is only temporary.
- meet the heath and character requirements.
Evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship
With your visa application, you and your partner must provide a statement regarding the history of your relationship with details such as:
- When, where and how you met?
- How the relationship developed?
- When did you decided to get married?
- Information about your domestic arrangements (how do you support each other financially, physically and emotionally).
- Periods of separation (if any) and how you maintained your relationship during the separation.
- Your future plans.
During the processing of your application you may be asked to provide additional information which may include:
Your Financial Aspects (evidence that you and your partner share financial commitments and responsibilities, e.g. a joint bank account).
The nature of the household (evidence that you and your partner share responsibilities within the household).
The social context of the relationship (how your relationship is perceived by your friends and family).
The nature of your commitment (knowledge of each other’s personal circumstances and future intentions).
All applicants must be sponsored by their close relative in Australia.
You can apply for this visa:
- if you are sister, brother, child, parent or step-equivalent (step-brother) to an Australian permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen or an Australian citizen;
- if you have assurance of support;
the Australian resident must be your sponsor and be at least 18 years old;
- if you and your spouse don’t have any other relatives than those who live in Australia;
- if you are under 18 and have been adopted by an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen, and your adoptive parent must have spent the required 1 year (12 months) living overseas with you.
Near relative is defined as a parent, sister, brother or step equivalent of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse, child (step child) of the applicant or the applicant’s spouse who is over and under 18 years.
New Zealand Family Subclass 461
You must be family member of a New Zealand citizen or their partner.
Remaining Relative Visa – Subclass 835 (onshore) and Subclass 115 (offshore)
When applying for this visa you must meet the health and the character requirements. In the application you can include other family members or your partner, but only if they meet certain requirements.
With this visa you can:
- study and work in Australia;
- access some social security payments;
- receive healthcare trough the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Medicare;
- sponsor other people for permanent residence.
- be eligible for Australian Citizenship.
The applicant must complete the application, pay the application charges and provide all required documents.
The sponsor or other supporting assurer must provide financial support to the applicant and all other family members that were included in the application for at least the first 2 years of residency in Australia, and must pay any recoverable social security payments made to the applicant or any other family members that accompanied the applicant.
When you apply for this visa you must pay a visa application charge that covers you and other family members included in the application. If your application is unsuccessful or if you decide to withdraw the application, the charge will not be refunded.
There are limited places for this type of visa, and there is a long processing queue. It is a low priority visa and in the Family visas range a higher priority is given to partner & child visas, as well as carer visa.
Applications can be made in or outside of Australia. We can assist you choosing the right visa to apply for, based on your personal circumstances and situation.
Aged Parent Visas
If you are an elderly parent and have a child (stepchild) in Australia you can apply for an Aged Parent Visa. When you apply for the visa, your child must have been in Australia for at least 2 years as an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and you must prove that at least half of your children are Australian permanent residents, Australian citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens. In the application you can include your partner and other dependent family members.
An aged parent who has been granted a permanent Aged parent visa will not be entitled immediately for the Age pension. New permanent Australian residents must wait 10 years before they are eligible for the Age pension, unless there is an agreement with another country to pay (the resident) a pension.
When you apply for this type of visa you must pay a visa application charge that covers you and the other family members included in the application. If your application is unsuccessful or if you decide to withdraw the application, the charges will not be refunded.
With this kind of visa:
- you can work and study in Australia,
- you can be eligible and apply for Australian citizenship,
- access some social security payments,
- receive healthcare trough the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Medicare,
- you can sponsor people for permanent residence.
Applicants for this visa can wait many years before receiving their visa.
The applicant must complete the application, pay the application charge and provide all needed documents.
The sponsor must prove that they will provide accommodation, support and financial assistance for the applicant and all other family members included in the application for the first 2 years of residency in Australia, and must pay any recoverable social security payments made to the applicant or other family members that accompanied the applicant.
The Aged Parent Visa can also be Contributory & Non-Contributory, and the same rules apply here as in the Non-Aged Parent Visas.
If the Aged Parent Visa is Contributory, the processing time is much shorter, but the application charges are substantially larger, while if the Aged Parent Visa is Non-contributory, the application charges will be less, but the waiting period will be substantially longer.