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The 870 Parent Visa Trap

According to the Immigration department the Temporary Parent 870 visas are off to a flying start. What they did not mention was the little known fact that the department is actually one hand granting these temporary visas while quietly denying holders of these visas the right to apply for the permanent residency parent program. According... Continue Reading

Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Applicant

Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Sponsor Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Applicant Are you in the position where you no longer have any close relatives that live outside of Australia? Perhaps all of the family you know has moved to Australia. You may apply for the permanent... Continue Reading

Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Sponsor

  Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Sponsor Read: Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115 and 835): The Applicant Do you have a family member who has recently lost all members of their family unit and in need of joining you in Australia? That family member may apply for the permanent Australian Remaining... Continue Reading

Adoption Visa (Subclass 102): Specific Situations and Citizenship

In our last article we did an overview of what the Adoption visa (subclass 102) entails, including some important information about the authorities and Acts that the adoption processes are affected by. In this article, we delve into the specific categories under which an adoption falls and the visa criteria surrounding that situation. Read: Wishing... Continue Reading

Wishing to adopt? Adoption Visa (Subclass 102)

If you want to adopt a children from overseas into Australia, you do not only need to think about the adoption process but also that child’s visa into Australia. To learn more about intercountry adoption, visit the Intercountry Adoption Australia website linked below. Read: Intercountry Adoption Australia The visa you should be learning about is... Continue Reading

Assurance of Support (AoS): Income Requirement

In our last article we explained Assurance of Support (AoS), which is a mandatory or discretionary requirement on certain family visas asking for legal commitment from a party for the financial support of the visa applicant (assuree) for a stipulated period (AoS period) after moving to Australia.  Whilst AoS is a DOHA requirement, the application... Continue Reading

Assurance of Support (AoS): The Basics

Assurance of Support (AoS) is a mandatory or discretionary requirement on certain family visas asking for legal commitment from a party for the financial support of the visa applicant (assuree) for a stipulated period (AoS period) after moving to Australia. This helps mitigate any or part of the financial burden that the migrating party may... Continue Reading

Orphan Relative Visa

Do you have a child family member who has recently lost the care of their parents?  If you are thinking of bringing them into Australia to care for them, they may be eligible for the orphan relative visa. This is a sponsored visa and it requires an eligible sponsoring relative to apply on behalf of... Continue Reading

Citizenship for Children Born in Australia

Citizenship for Children Born in Australia If you’re not a citizen and your child was born in Australia, would they be eligible for citizenship? Yes. Under certain conditions, of course. According to the immigration department; “Children born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, who did not acquire Australian citizenship at birth, automatically acquire... Continue Reading

Parent Visa Requirement: Balance of Family Test

The Balance of Family (BoF) test is an integral requirement to parent visas. As the name suggests, this requirement looks at a family’s structure and determines a parent’s eligibility. It requires for the parent to be sponsored to have at least half of their eligible children residing in Australia. The BoF test affects: Parent visa... Continue Reading

Assurance of Support (AoS) Income Requirements Changes

Effective 1 April 2018, changes were made to Assurance of Support which affects many sponsored visas, mostly commonly sponsored family visas such as Parent visas (all subclasses). Further changes are to come into effect on 1 April 2019, including a significant increase in security values. We covered these changes in our last article. In this... Continue Reading

Sponsored Visas: Assurance of Support (AoS) Made More Difficult

Regulation changes just keep coming. Australian visas are getting more and more complicated and difficult to attain, but that won’t stop immigrant hopefuls nor will it stop us working hard to help you open doors to your future in Australia. So here we are with another update. Never get left behind in news! Follow us... Continue Reading

DIBP’s Broomstick: 3 or 10 Year Ban for False Information & Documentation

Providing misleading information, false documentation or identification are obvious big no-nos in Australia. There are criminal laws governing such actions but to keep it simple the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has a law where they can by step the police and keep it simple by just refusing your visa. The PIC 4020... Continue Reading

Will You Face a 3 Year Visa Ban?

Every visa has some form of character requirement. If you disregard immigration law, you are likely to find it much more tricky applying for further visas. Don’t become a risk factor! Flouting certain rules can result in you facing exclusions periods. Exclusion periods are a ban on your return to Australia; you may apply for,... Continue Reading

Did You Know De Facto Relationship Requirements Differ with Visa?

The requirements for de facto relationships, as defined by the Department of Immigration vary depending on the visa that you are applying for. Criteria applying to all de facto relationships Broadly, de facto relationships (inclusive of same sex relationships) are where the couple: Are both at least 18 years of age Are not married to... Continue Reading

Carer 116/836 Visa

The carer visa is a visa for a family member to come to, or stay in Australia, to care for their Australian relative, or to assist their Australian relative in caring for a member of their family unit, who is afflicted by a medical condition that requires attentive and long term care. This is a... Continue Reading

Aged Dependent Relative 114/838 Visa

There are two subclasses to the Aged Dependent Relative Visa – the offshore Subclass 114 and the onshore subclass 838. The benefit to lodging the onshore Aged Dependent Relative 838 visa is that if the applicant will be given a bridging visa to stay in Australia til the time of decision. Who is an eligible... Continue Reading

Karl Konrad: Founder of Australian Immigration Law Services

Who is Karl Konrad? Karl Konrad has, over the span of nearly two decades, developed a reputation for being the guy to go to if you wanted accurate, non-meandering advice. Being armed with no more a simple assessment form filled with some key questions on your situation, Karl will form an actionable game plan in... Continue Reading

New Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa

The new Temporary Sponsored Parent visa is due to be released in late 2017, if the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and other Measures) Bill is passed. More details will be made known on its introduction. What do we know for now? Granted for 3 or 5 years, maximum stay is 10 years in total 3 year visa... Continue Reading

Engaging a Migration Agent

Why is it so important to have a consultation with your migration agent first?   “I only have one question.” “I’d like for you to lodge my application now.” “My case is straightforward.”   Maybe, but maybe not. When you contact a migration agent you need to understand that this is the person who will... Continue Reading

Including Children in Parent Visa Applications

How does the new MoFU Regulations affect parent visas? The increased rigidity in the member of family unit (MoFU) definition is no small barrier. Prior to the revision, the MoFu (certain visas) would be inclusive of children over 18 who were still getting an education are financially dependent. No upper age limit existed. The new... Continue Reading

Contributory Aged Parent Visas

Subclasses 864 and 884 As the years tick by our parents become more and more of a factor in our lives. We appreciate them more and they also need us more, whether it’s plain to see or not. Our time with them is precious, but with us working, possibly with kids, it’s hard to travel... Continue Reading

Did you Consent to the Department collecting your information?

One of the key requirements of filling out an Australian Visa application form, is that you agree to the Privacy Notice, otherwise known as Form 1442i. Form 1442i, serves as your notice of the Departments Privacy Policy, which you agree to when lodging a visa application. By agreeing to the Privacy Policy, you are allowing... Continue Reading

Parent Visa Applications

13 October 2016 Wondering what’s happening with your parent’s visa application? Here are some tidbits!   Non-Contributory Parent Visas The Migration Program Year 2016/17 has an allocated 1,500 non-contributory parent visa places for offshore applicants Offshore (Subclass 103) It may take up to 17 months for your application to be allocated to a case officer.... Continue Reading