Partner Visa – Non-migrating members of the family unit


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Q: Does the applicant have any members of their family unit not travelling to Australia who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.

What is the correct answer to the above question, that is asked on the Partner Visa application?

This question confuses some people due to another question on the same form, which asks: “Does the applicant have any parents, siblings or children including those that are deceased.

Some people feel that these questions both refer to the same people, and they wonder why it is doubled up.

The confusion lies in the term of “Family Unit”.  In some countries, the family unit might comprise Parents, Uncles etc., as well as children.

In Australia, the family unit appears to just consider the children of the couple, not normally parents or siblings. Although some other ‘dependants’ might be included.

In the Question asked on this page: “Does the applicant have any members of their family unit not traveling to Australia who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents?“, this would refer to any children of the applicant, even if they are NOT being included on the Visa Application.


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In the other question: “Does the applicant have any parents, siblings or children including those that are deceased”, this refers specifically to parents, siblings and children.

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  2. So the answer is no for “Does the applicant have any members of their family unit not traveling to Australia who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents?” if my partner is an australian citizen and i am the one applying from another country, and yes Does the applicant have any parents, siblings or children including those that are deceased”, but what about if they do not hold any immigration status what do i mention in their drop down list?

    1. I can’t recall the options in that drop down list, but I would have encountered the same. “None” would sound a good answer.
      I do remember leaving the passport question blank, for those who did not have a passport.

  3. Im applying for Partner Visa. I’m here Currently in Australia. I have two kids in other country. The answer will be “yes” for non migrating family member?

    1. Yes, if you have children that are not migrating with you. You will still need to detail them at some point in the application.

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