Though some categories of visas require applicants to be outside of Australia at the time the visa is granted, COVID-19 travel restrictions are affecting certain family visa applicants who have come to Australia.

The Department is taking disruptions due to the pandemic into account when considering visa applications and is giving additional time to complete the necessary requirements, including any current requirement to be offshore at time of visa grant.

Changes are intended to come into effect on 27 February 2021 to allow some Family stream visas, which have been applied for outside Australia, to be granted while the applicant is in Australia. This temporary concession would be for those applicants who are in Australia and are unable to travel offshore to be granted the visa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The concession would apply to eligible applicants for the following Partner and Child visa subclasses:

  • Child (subclass 101) visa
  • Adoption (subclass 102) visa
  • Dependent Child (subclass 445) visa
  • Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa
  • Partner (subclass 309) visa

Another concession to allow visas to be granted to applicants in Australia would be extended to eligible Parent visa applicants during the COVID-19 period. This concession is intended to commence on 24 March 2021 and would apply to the following visa subclasses:

  • Parent (subclass 103) visa
  • Contributory Parent (subclass 173) visa
  • Contributory Parent (subclass 143) visa

Current processing timeframes for Parent visa applications would not be impacted by these amendments.

If you have been advised to be outside Australia to be granted your parent visa but are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Department might give additional time until you can travel safely or until your visa can be granted while you are in Australia.

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