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Immigration Update: Australia


18th November, 2016

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has recently announced changes that will affect which family members can be included in Australian visa applications. The changes come into effect for applications lodged on or after November 19.

Partner and Children Only

Prior to November 19 it was possible to include dependent relatives in your visa application. This included for example a dependent parent. From November 19 it will not be possible to include parents or other dependent relatives. The only people who will meet the new definition of ‘Member of Family Unit’ will be your partner and children.

Age Limit for Children

Prior to the November 19 changes it was possible to include ‘adult dependent’ children provided that the child was financially dependent on the parent. Under the new definition adult children can only be included if they are under 23 years of age. There is an exception where the child is incapacitated for work, though applicants in this situation may have difficulty meeting the health requirement.

Subsequent Visa Applications

It is common for temporary visa holders in Australia to apply for subsequent temporary or possibly permanent visas. In many cases family members are already included in the current visa as dependents. From November 19 family members who are already included as dependents on an existing visa will be taken to be members of the family unit when applying for subsequent visas, even if they are no longer dependent. This applies in the following scenarios:


These changes restrict eligibility and so it will be necessary to explore alternate visa options and pathways for some family members. Santa Fe Immigration Services has a team of registered Australian immigration consultants with qualifications and experience to advise and assist with all types of applications for temporary or permanent residence in Australia. For further information or assistance please contact:

Simon Delmo
Senior Consultant
Registered Migration Agent No. 0742398
T: +61 3 9554 7393

Tara Ende
National Immigration Service Delivery Manager
Registered Migration Agent No. 1066328
T: + 61 2 9262 4477

Ivan Chait
General Manager, Immigration Services
Registered Migration Agent No. 9253612
T: + 61 2 9262 4477


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