Carer Work Visas

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Carer work visas

You may be eligible for a carer visa if you need to come to Australia to care for a relative with a long-term or permanent medical condition, OR provide permanent or long-term support to help a relative care for a member of their family in their household who has a long-term or permanent medical condition. You understand what kind of care your relative needs, and are willing and able to assist them.

What is the criteria for the person in need of care?

The person in need of care must be a relative, and an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. They must have their medical condition assessed by a specified health provider to make sure that they cannot take care of themselves or manage normal daily life, and need direct care due to the medical condition. They must not have any relatives in Australia who can provide the required care and be unable to get the care they need from health services in Australia.

You will need a sponsor

You must have a sponsor in order to be eligible for a carer visa. The sponsor must be the person or the spouse of the person who is requiring the care or assistance.

The sponsor must be of 18 years or older, and your relative. They must also be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible new Zealand citizen.

What options do I have for a carer visa?

Applying outside of Australia

Scenario 1: You are outside of Australia and want to move there to help a relative with a medical condition.

Visa that suits you: Carer Visa (subclass 116)

To apply for this visa, a person must meet health and character requirements, and have a sponsor.

Applying inside Australia

Scenario 2: You are in Australia, and want to stay there to help a relative with a medical condition.

Visa that suits you: Carer Visa (subclass 836)

To apply for this visa, a person must meet health and character requirements and have a sponsor.

Visas in this category are subject to capping and queuing.