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June 22, 2023

Bringing Your Children to Australia: Student Visas and Dependent Visas

Australia offers excellent educational opportunities and a high standard of living, making it an attractive destination for families looking to provide their children with a quality education and a prosperous future. If you are considering bringing your children to Australia, understanding the visa options available for their education and dependent status is crucial. In this article, we will explore two common visa categories that facilitate the migration of children to Australia: Student Visas and Dependent Visas.

𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻

Australia’s Student Visa program allows international students to pursue their studies in the country. If you plan to enroll your child in an Australian educational institution, they may be eligible for a Student Visa. The Student Visa enables children to study full-time in a registered school, college, or university in Australia. To apply for a Student Visa, certain requirements must be met, including:

1. Enrolment in a registered Australian educational institution

Your child must have a confirmed offer of enrolment in a registered course or program of study.

2. Financial capacity

You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your child’s tuition fees, living expenses, and health insurance while in Australia.

3. Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement

You need to provide evidence that your child genuinely intends to study in Australia temporarily and will comply with the visa conditions.

4. Health and character requirements

Your child will need to undergo health examinations and obtain a police clearance certificate to

demonstrate good character. It is essential to note that student visa holders are granted temporary residency in Australia for the duration of their studies. Upon completing their studies, they may have the option to explore other visa pathways, such as skilled migration or employer-sponsored visas, to extend their stay in Australia.

𝗗𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻

If you hold a visa that allows you to live and work in Australia, such as a Skilled Visa, Work Visa, or Partner Visa, your dependent children can be included in your application as secondary applicants. Dependent Visas provide children with the opportunity to live with their parents in Australia and enjoy the benefits of education, healthcare, and a family-oriented lifestyle.

To be eligible for a Dependent Visa, the following criteria generally apply:

1. Parental relationship

The child must be the biological child, adopted child, or stepchild of the primary visa applicant.

2. Age requirements

The age of the child and applicable eligibility criteria may vary depending on the visa subclass. In most cases, children must be under 18 years of age, but there may be exceptions for certain visa categories.

3. Financial support

The primary visa applicant must demonstrate the ability to provide financial support and meet the sponsorship obligations for their dependent children.

4. Health and character requirements

Dependent children will need to meet the health and character requirements specified by the Department of Home Affairs. Dependent Visas offer children the opportunity to live in Australia with their parents on a more permanent basis, and they may have the option to study, work, or apply for further visas in the future to continue their stay in the country.

𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲

Navigating the complexities of visa applications can be challenging, especially when it comes to the well-being and future of your children. It is highly recommended to seek professional advice from a registered migration agent or immigration lawyer to ensure you understand the specific visa requirements, application processes, and any recent updates or changes in immigration regulations.

A qualified migration professional can guide you through the visa options, help you choose the most suitable pathway for your children, and assist with preparing and lodging a strong visa application. They can also provide advice on education options, healthcare, and other essential considerations for your children’s well-being and settlement in Australia.

Bringing your children to Australia is an exciting opportunity to provide them with a world-class education and a bright future. By understanding the visa options available, seeking professional guidance, and adhering to the visa requirements, you can navigate the process successfully and create a fulfilling life for your children in Australia.

If you are ready to embark on this journey and explore the visa options for bringing your children to Australia, contact Alex Halim & Associates, a trusted team of migration lawyers experienced in family migration and student visas. Our experts will provide comprehensive support, tailored advice, and personalised solutions to ensure a smooth and successful visa application process. Give your children the gift of Australian education and a promising future. Contact us today!

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