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An international student who enters Australia with a student visa to pursue an academic course of 12 months or longer duration is allowed to bring close family members as dependents. Australian immigration rules allow spouses, partners and unmarried children of less than 18 years to be eligible for dependent student visas.

Eligibility Criteria for Australian Dependent Student Visa

To be eligible to enter Australian as a dependent on a student visa the following are the eligibility conditions:

For Dependent spouse or partner:

  • The dependent person must be your spouse (the person you are married to) or de facto partner (including same sex partners)
  • If the dependent is your de facto partner, you must have been living with your partner for at least 12 months, and you share a genuine and exclusive relationship with your partner
For Dependent child:
  • The dependent child must be your child or that of your partner
  • The child must not be married or engaged to be married or in a de facto relationship
  • The child must be less than 18 years of age and must be still in continuous education (i.e. studying A-levels)
Documents Required

To bring your family members as dependents on your Australian student visa you must declare your family members in your visa application form, even if they may not travel with you to Australia. If you do not declare all family members in your visa application, they will not be eligible to apply for a dependent visa once you arrive in Australia.

In case you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, then you must include all members of your family on your original Form 157A (Application for a student visa).

Australia Dependent Visa Checklist:

Australia dependent visa checklist to apply for the Australia dependent visa includes documents such as evidence of

  • Health Insurance
  • Marriage certificate
  • Passport ID page
  • Passport photo and others.