If you are living in Australia or are migrating to Australia on a 482 visa, you may be wondering how you can bring your family into the country with you. Under the 482 Visa Scheme family members are allowed to be included in the application on the basis of being a member of the primary visa applicant’s family unit.
All family members who are applying on the application of the primary visa applicant’s need to prove their identity. This can be evidenced by a certified copy of your passport bio data page, a certified copy of your birth certificate or a certified copy of your identity card, among other options. Family members must be able to provide evidence that they are a member of the primary visa applicant’s family.
Partners are able to be included in the primary visa applicant’s if they are married or in a de facto relationship.
If you are married and you wish to be included on the 482 of the primary visa applicant, you will need to provide a marriage certificate as proof of the marriage.
Alternatively, a de facto partner of the primary visa applicant can be included in the 482 visa. A person is in a de facto partnership if they have not been married in accordance with the Migration Act 1958, they are not related by family, they have a mutual commitment to a shared life together at the exclusion of all others and this relationship is genuine and caring and finally, they live together or do not live separately or apart on a permanent basis.
If you are a de facto partner of the primary visa applicant, you must provide evidence demonstrating that meet the requirements to demonstrate the existence of a de facto relationship. Acceptable evidence includes, but is not limited to, evidence of co-habitation, joint bank account statements or property ownership, billing accounts in joint names or other legal documents.
There is a requirement that you must demonstrate that you have been in a de facto requirement for at least 6 months but it is advised that you have been in a the de facto relationship for 12 months to increase the potential success of the application.
A child can be included on the application of the primary visa applicant if the child is their child, or their stepchild for whom they have taken legal responsibility for. It is also required that a child is not married, engaged or have a de facto partner, are under 18 years of age, or if they are over 18 years of age, that they are under 23 and still dependent upon the primary visa applicant or their partner, or if they are over 23 years of age and are unable able to support themselves or earn a living due to physical or cognitive limitations and are dependent on the primary visa applicant or their partner.
If the primary applicant or their partner wholly or substantially supplies the basic needs for the child, being food, clothing and shelter, the child will be considered dependant for the purpose of the visa. In order prove the family relationship is genuine, acceptable documents include a certified copy of a child’s birth certificate or a certified copy of adoption papers.
If you aren’t sure if your family is eligible to be included in your 482 Visa Application, talk to a qualified migration agent, who will also let you know your obligations during the application and work with you to ensure that your application is successful.
John Glover CEO of Pendragon Management and Oz Migration
Migration Agent No. 0105060