Visas for your family - Section contents
You may wish to invite family to visit you or live with you during your time in Australia.
Inviting friends or family to visit
If your friends or family want to visit you while you're in Australia, it's likely they will need to obtain a visitor visa (subclass 600).
As part of their visa application, your friends or family may be asked for additional documentation by the Department of Home Affairs. This can include:
- a letter from you (view a sample letter)
- a certified copy of your passport and student visa grant letter
- details about your graduation ceremony (if the invitation is for your graduation) or
- details of your enrolment (for a regular visit).
Bringing your family to live
Dependents and subsequent entrants
The Department of Home Affairs allows most students to bring their immediate family members to Australia. Immediate family members are called dependents, and may include your spouse (or de facto partner) and children under the age of 18.
You are required to declare your existing family unit members on your initial student visa application, regardless of whether or not you intend for them to join you in Australia at any stage.
If your dependents will be moving to Australia at the same time as you
You can include them in your own Student visa (subclass 500) application.
If your dependents were listed on your original student visa application, but will join you after you’ve commenced your studies
They can join you as subsequent entrants. They will need to apply for a Student visa (subclass 500) (Subsequent Entrant).
To apply for a this visa, you must:
- Obtain a Nomination of Dependent letter from the University to confirm that you’re still studying
- Collect the other documents required
- Lodge the new visa online (via ImmiAccount).
Australia Awards scholars who wish to have their dependents join them after arrival do not need to obtain a Nomination of Dependent letter, but will need to arrange for a No Objection Letter to support this application instead. For more information, see Australia Awards family and travel.
If someone becomes your dependent after your visa has been granted (e.g. becomes your spouse)
If you did not declare a family member on your initial visa application, and they need to join you in Australia at a later date, you will need to apply for a new student visa. You must include your family member on the new application, and explain why they were not included on your initial application.
If you give birth while in Australia
You should notify the Department of Home Affairs of your newborn child. By law, they will receive the same visa as you, but only if you have taken steps to inform the Department of Home Affairs.
If you are under 18 years of age and require a family member to stay with you in Australia, they will need to apply for a Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).