Caps and Limits on Visa Numbers

Under the Migration Act 1958, the Minister for Immigration has the discretion to impose limits on the number of each visa granted in a given year. The purpose for this discretion is to allow the Government the capacity to respond to changing circumstances (for example, the need for more or fewer skilled workers in the economy). When the cap is …

Assurance of Support for Family Visas

Some family visas require an ‘assurance of support’ before a visa will be granted. It is also possible for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to request a discretionary assurance of support if there are concerns regarding the sponsor’s capacity to support the applicant. An assurance of support is legal agreement by the assurer to pay the Commonwealth Government …

Carer (116 and 836) visas

This visa is for someone who needs to move to Australia to: care for a relative in Australia with a long-term or permanent medical condition, or assist a relative providing care to a member of their family unit with a long-term or permanent medical conditions. The Australian sponsor needs to show medical evidence that she or she suffers from at …

Remaining Relative (115 and 835) Visas

This is a permanent visa that allows people to settle in Australia to be with their only remaining near relatives. This visa allows a person with all relatives ‘settled’ in Australia to be sponsored to come to Australia by a close relative. This visa class is subject to a severe cap and an outcome is expected to take many years. …

Aged Dependent Relative (114 and 838)

This permanent visa is designed for relatives of ‘settled’ Australians who are ‘aged’ and financially dependent. These visas are subjected to a very severe cap and you will have to wait many years to receive and outcome. The Aged Dependant Relative must be: Single (eg never married, divorced, widowed) Dependant on the Australian sponsor for a reasonable period (in practice, …