Can I Include a Family Member in my Australian Visa Application?


Many people often ask the question and in most cases the answer is ‘Yes, you can.’ A common example of this is a partner visa applicant including their children from a previous relationship with their application – this is referred to as making a combined visa application.
In a combined visa 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 or a secondary applicant, you must all satisfy Australia’s stringent health and character requirements.
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 of making a combined application will vary significantly depending upon the type of the visa the primary applicant is 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. In some visas, a family member is an acceptable secondary applicant, in others they simply won’t.
As with all visas, all applicants must meet the strict eligibility criteria relating to the visa they are applying for – which goes for secondary applicants as well. They will also have to meet the secondary eligibility criteria relating to 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. For example, if a spouse visa applicant is applying for a combined application with her two children as the secondary applicants and the latter satisfies all their secondary criteria but the primary visa applicant didn’t because DIAC were not satisfied that a genuine relationship existed between the applicant and the sponsor, then the whole application would be refused.

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