As a holder of a 457 visa, you can add a spouse or de facto partner and children to your visa as secondary applicants. Doing so allows them to gain entry and reside in Australia for the period during which your 457 visa is valid.
Who are eligible family members?
The following are accepted as members of your family unit:
- Partner – married or de facto (can be of the same or opposite sex)
- Dependent child – less than 23 years of age (they should not be However, children who are over 23 but unable to support themselves due to physical disability are also allowed).
In case your child is born after submitting your application (but before it is granted), the child will automatically be added on to your application, irrespective of whether the child is born within or outside Australia. However, you must notify DFIB as soon as possible.
Evidence needed to add a secondary applicant
Adding a secondary applicant requires you to prove that:
- You have been living in a de facto relationship with your partner for no less than six months before submitting the 457 partner visa application.
- Your partner is at least 18 years of age at the time of lodging the application (with some exceptions).
- You and your partner are not related by family (if you are in a de facto relationship).
- The relationship with your partner is ongoing.
Note: Your application must include documents supporting the related claims. If the evidence to support a claimed family relationship is not enough, the DIBP may request you and the family member in question to undergo a DNA test to confirm the relationship.
In addition to this, members of your family must be able to demonstrate that they meet health and character requirements. They must also show that they have the same levels of financial support and health insurance as you.
Your sponsor must also give their consent in writing when including them as secondary sponsored persons.
Benefits of Adding a secondary applicant
Adding a secondary applicant benefits them as follows:
- Processing Times: Including secondary applicants to a Temporary Work 457 Visa application is a fast process that can be done in a matter of weeks.
- Cost: The 457 Family Visa Application is the least expensive of among all the Australian Partner and Family Visas.
- Work Rights: Secondary applicants on a 457 Visa are not subject to work restrictions.
- Pathway to permanent residency: Secondary applicants on a 457 Visa have the option of transitioning from a 457 visa to permanent residency as long as the main applicant is eligible.
- Visa Expiry: If your de facto partner’s current visa is close to its expiry date you can lodge a visa application to add them to your 457 visas while their visa is being processed.
The subclass 457 visa allows you to do the following as a secondary applicant:
- Work and study in Australia.
- Gain entry into Australia and live there for the remainder of your partner’s 457 visas.
- Apply for permanent residency with your partner (conditions apply).