Can I include adult children in my Australian visa application?

From 19 November 2016, amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 will mean that not all adult children who are otherwise unmarried and financially dependant on you can be included in your Australian visa application.

For children or step-children who are dependent an upper age limit of 23 years has been set, unless they are incapacitated for work.

This amendment will apply to a visa application made on or after 19 November 2016 or a visa which was granted as a result of such application.

This change applies to most visas except protection, refugee and humanitarian visas.

These changes do not impact family member who are holders of a specified temporary visa to be eligible for a further visa even where they are no longer a member of the family unit, for example, because they are now over 23 years of age.  The changes ensure that family members who came to Australia together on a temporary visa can stay together for subsequent visas.

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