Changes to the definition of ‘Member of Family Unit’

The new definition came into effect on the 19th November 2016.

Impact of the change:

  • Removal of the term ‘relatives’ and limiting the migration pathway to only the spouse or de facto partner of a primary applicant, and children of the primary applicant or their partner; who are dependent.
  • The previous definition permitted extended family members to be included in the visa application.
  • The amendment will apply to most visas except protection, refugee and humanitarian visas.

It’s important that all visa applicants are aware of this, especially where there are secondary applicants involved.  Interpretation of the legislation is complex and it’s crucial that the right advice is sought.  For clarity, contact ISA Group to book an appointment with one of our Registered Migration Agents.

Written by: Yi Main Cheong | Business Development Manager for the ISA Group | MARN: 1385224 | advice@isa.com.au