A practical guide to Family reunion options in Australia – Afghanistan update

​​​​​​The Department recognises the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. The Australian Government is establishing flight options for Australian citizens, Permanent Residents, and immediate family members, who are seeking to depart the country.


Family visas & Citizenship

Visa applications from people in Afghanistan will be finalised as quickly as possible once all requirements are assessed.

All visa applications must meet the requirements in the migration legislation before a visa is granted, including health, character and identity.

All existing citizenship by descent applications for Afghan nationals in Afghanistan are being treated as a high priority.


Afghan nationals onshore

Afghan visa holders currently in Australia will not be asked to return to Afghanistan while their security is at risk. Afghan citizens currently in Australia on temporary visas will be supported by the Australian Government.

Afghan citizens who meet the requirements for a humanitarian visa and wish to seek Australia’s assistance are strongly encouraged to make an application.


Family reunion in Australia

Australia’s Special Humanitarian Program reunites refugees and their family in Australia. 

Immediate family of people who have been resettled under the Humanitarian Program are given highest priority.

People who arrived in Australia without a valid visa on or after 13 August 2012, and hold a TPV or SHEV, are not eligible to propose relatives through the Humanitarian Program. 

As well as the Humanitarian Program, Australia’s Migration Program is for people who wish to migrate on the basis of their skills or family relationships in Australia. 

All applications must meet eligibility criteria. More information will be provided on website when available.  


Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

​Applications to sponsor a parent for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa opened on 17 April 2019. 

Once a sponsorship application is approved, a sponsored parent is able to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. Applications for the visa opened on 1 July 2019.

The visa provides parents with a new pathway to temporarily reunite with their children in Australia, while ensuring that taxpayers are not required to cover additional costs. The visa responds to community concerns about the limited number of Parent places in the migration program and associated lengthy waiting periods.


With this visa you

  • can visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years per visa
  • can apply for further visas to visit up to a maximum period in Australia of 10 years


The new parent visa offers Australian permanent residents and citizens who live in Australia an opportunity to temporarily reunite with their parents.


Parents who are granted a Subclass 870 visa will be able to stay in Australia for a significantly longer period than if they were on a visitor visa (which generally does not permit a parent to remain in Australia for more than 12 months in any 18 month period).


Need help with getting Australian Visas for your family member?


Email: [email protected]

Tel:  +61 (07) 3876 4000

Consultation:  https://www.noborders-group.com/form/free-consultation


We will help you by exploring visa options and securing application. As part of our services, we will assess the eligibility of the application for a partner visa and help you to get out of the abusive relationship and provide you with detailed advice on your chances of success. If you would like to discuss your visa options and evaluate the pathway to permanent residency, please make an enquiry  or  book a consultation to get expert advice with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Migration Agents/Lawyers on 07 3876 4000 or email: [email protected].



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