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Bringing a partner or family

​You might want to bring your partner or family over to join you temporarily or permanently in Australia.

How you do this will depend on whether you are a visa holder or not, and if you are visa holder, which visa you have.

Australian citizens or permanent residents inviting family

  1. Identify if it is going to be temporarily or permanently
  2. Find the right visa based on their intention. Explore visa options for joining your partner or family

Visa holders inviting family

  1. Identify if it is going to be temporarily or permanently
  2. Check if your visa allows subsequent entrant and that you have previously declared the members of your family. See list of all visas
  3. If your visa does not allow subsequent entrants, they will need to apply for a visa based on their intention. Explore visa options for joining your partner or family

Returning Australian bringing overseas-born family

  1. For your children to get an Australian passport you will need to apply for Australian citizenship by descent on their behalf. You can apply for an Australian passport on their behalf after their citizenship application is approved. Otherwise they will need a visa to come to Australia
  2. Your partner or other family, will need a visa
  3. Find the right visa based on their intention. Explore visa options for joining your partner or family

New Zealand citizens bringing family

Find out your options in New Zealand citizens – your family.