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Family Sponsored Visa Composition of Family

Family sponsored visas for Australia include Parent and Child visas.

For secondary applicants as family members, there are varying definitions of composition of family. This can vary by visa category.

For certain family sponsorship, the definition of a family member will determine the applicant’s eligibility. The following relationships usually apply:


Close Relative a spouse, de facto partner, child, step-child, adopted child, parent, step-parent, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, adoptive brother or adoptive sister.
Relative Close relatives + grandparent, step-grandparent, grandchild, step-grandchild, aunt, uncle, step-aunt, step-uncle, niece, nephew, step-niece or step-nephew
Skilled regional or sponsored All relatives + first cousin
Refugee or humanitarian All relatives + First or Second cousin
Child Can be child by birth, adoption or step child (however certain Regulations will limit secondary applications for some child types under certain conditions)
Dependent Child – Child or step child not yet 18 years of age- Child or step child not yet 25, unmarried and not engaged, who is dependent upon the applicant or not able to work due to mental or physical incapacity.
Stepchild – Child of current spouse or de facto partner or- Child of former spouse or de facto but now under guardianship or custodial care by law.

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