Can I include member of my family?


“Can I include a member of my family in my Australian visa application?”

Many people often ask the question and in most cases the answer is, ‘Yes, you can’.

A clear example of this may be a partner visa applicant including their children from a previous relationship within their application.  This is referred to as making a combined visa application.


Including family members in an application


The main person making the application is known as the primary applicant, whereas the other family members are known as the secondary applicants.


Whether you are a primary applicant or a secondary applicant you must all satisfy Australia’s stringent health and character requirements.


Click here to find out what those health and character requirements are, or to get more information on Australian Partner Visas.


Combined Visa Applications


Although combined visa applications are very common, it is very important to understand whether the relationship that exists between the primary and secondary applicant is one that will suffice to make an eligible visa application. The criteria for making a combined application will vary significantly depending upon the type of visa the primary applicant is contemplating applying for and there are currently over 150 different types of Australian visas, all with different rules associated with them!


Which family members can apply?


Australia’s migration regulations clearly set out which family members can be eligible to make a combined application depending on the visa being applied for. Put simply whether the family member is an acceptable secondary applicant for that type of visa. In some visas they will be, in others they simply won’t. Without stating the obvious a third cousin would not be an eligible secondary applicant where there is a primary applicant for  a skilled migration visa.


As with all visas, all applicants must meet the strict eligibility criteria relating to the visa they are applying for. This goes for secondary applicants as well. They too will have to meet the secondary eligibility criteria relating the primary applicant’s application.


It should be noted that the success of a secondary visa applicant is totally dependent upon the primary visa applicant’s application. To use the above example again, if a spouse visa applicant wanted to include his or her two children from a previous marriage, and they satisfied all of their secondary criteria, but the primary visa applicant didn’t, for example, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) were not satisfied that a genuine relationship existed between applicant and sponsor, then the whole application would be refused.


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