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Child Visas

When to Obtain a Child Visa

The one reason a child would require one is if they do not hold a permanent visa and if they are to travel to, enter, or remain in Australia indefinitely.

Child Visa Choices

A child may be eligible for a child visa if they are under 18 years of age, and single (not married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship)

In some circumstances, a person who is over the age of 18 years may be considered a child. These circumstances are described below.

Adoption Visa Choices

A child who has been adopted, and is under the age of 18 years and single (not married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship) can apply for this visa.

Visa Choices

The visa option that is right for any child will depend on his/her circumstances, which include: the child’s age, dependency status, and location (i.e., in or outside Australia).

Visa Options for Children Inside Australia

Scenario 1: A child’s parent or the partner of the child’s parent sponsors them to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

Visa that suits you: Child (Permanent) (subclass 802)

To get a permanent visa for a child (subclass 802), they must be inside Australia whilst applying, and sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner.

If the child is of 18 years or older, then they must be single and either a full-time student between the age of 18-25 years (and therefore financially dependent on the sponsoring parent) OR unable to work due to disability.

A child may also be able to apply for this visa if they were adopted after their parent became an Australian citizen, holder of a permanent visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen. For adopted children, there are additional requirements that must be met as well.

Scenario 2: A relative sponsors an orphaned child to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

Visa that suits you: Orphan Relative (Permanent) (subclass 837)

To apply for an Orphan Relative (Permanent) (subclass 837) visa, a child must be inside Australia when applying for the visa, sponsored by a relative, who can be a  brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or step-equivalent, while being a citizen of Australia, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. Also, the child must not be under the care of his or her parents, because they are both missing, dead or permanently incapacitated. The child must also be under 18 years of age when applying for the visa.

Visa options for a child outside of Australia

Scenario 3: A child’s parent or the partner of their parent sponsors them to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

Visa that suits you: Child (Permanent) (subclass 101)

To apply for a Child (Permanent) (subclass 101) visa, the child must be outside of the country while they apply, and a parent can sponsor them or the partner of their parent. If the child is of 18 years or above, they must be unhitched and a student between the age of 18-25 years (this would make them financially dependent on the sponsor). They can also be unable to work owing to a certain disability.

Scenario 4: A relative sponsors an orphaned child to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

Visa that suits you: Orphan Relative (Permanent) (subclass 117)

To apply for an Orphan Relative (Permanent) (subclass 117) visa, the child must be outside of Australia when applying for the visa, the relative of a person who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, sponsored by a relative, such as a/an brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or step-equivalent. Also, they must not be cared for by their parents, because they are both missing, dead or permanently incapacitated. The child must also be under 18 years of age when applying for the visa.

Scenario 5: A person who is either an Australian citizen, holder of a permanent visa, or an eligible New Zealand citizen sponsors a child that they have adopted overseas to live in Australia as a permanent resident. This includes children who are currently in the process of adoption.

Visa that suits you: Adoption Visa (Permanent) (subclass 102)

To apply for the Adoption Visa (Permanent) (subclass 102), the child must be outside of Australia when applying for the visa. The child must be adopted with the involvement of an Australian state or territory adoption authority, or under the laws of a country other than Australia, and their sponsor or the partner of their sponsor should be living outside of Australia for 12 months before the child’s visa is applied for. The child must be sponsored by their adoptive parent or the partner of their adoptive parent, and must be under 18 years of age when the application is started and decided upon.

Visa Options for Children Inside or Outside of Australia

Scenario 6: The parent of the child holds a temporary partner visa, and the child was not included in the temporary partner visa application.

Visa that suits you: Dependent Child Visa (subclass 445)

To apply for Dependent Child Visa (subclass 445), the child must be either inside or outside of Australia when applying for the visa. They must be a dependent child of a parent who holds one of the following: Partner Provisional visa (subclass 309), Interdependency visa (subclass 310), Dependent Child visa (subclass 445), Partner visa (subclass 820) or Interdependency visa (subclass 826). The child must also be sponsored by the same person who is sponsoring their parent. If the child is 18 years or older, they must be financially dependent on the parent holding the temporary partner visa or unable to work due to a disability.

Who Qualifies to be a Sponsor

The sponsor must be older than 18 years of age and an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

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Visa options for Parents

You may be eligible for a visa in the parent category if your child is an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. Also, your child should be living in Australia for at least 2 years, you should have a sponsor, and meet the ‘balance of family’ test criteria, health and character requirements.

How long can you stay in Australia on a parent category visa?

A parent category visa allows up to 2 years as a temporary or permanent resident in Australia.

It is necessary to have a sponsor.

To be eligible for a parent category visa, you will need to have a sponsor who is a citizen of Australia, a permanent resident of Australia or someone who is eligible for the citizenship of New Zealand; is 18 years of age or older; and has been living in Australia since at least two years before the visa application is submitted.

The balance of Family test

All applicants for a parent category visa must meet the requirements of the balance of family test. It is specifically designed to determine the extent of your links to Australia. In order to pass this test, at least half of the total number of  your children must live in Australia permanently, or more of your children must live in Australia permanently than children in another country.

Which visa option is right for you?

Parent category visa options vary depending on whether you are applying from in or outside of Australia.

Applying from Outside of Australia

Scenario 1: You are applying from outside of Australia, have a child living in Australia and want to become a permanent resident of Australia.

Visa that suits you: Parent Visa (subclass 103)

To apply for visa, a parent must meet the balance of family test, health and character requirements, and have a sponsor.

Scenario 2: You are applying from outside of Australia, have a child who lives in Australia, want to live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident and are prepared to pay higher visa application fees for faster processing.

Visa that suits you: Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173)

To apply for this visa, a parent must meet the balance of family test, health and character requirements, and have a sponsor.

Applying from Either Inside or Outside of Australia

Scenario 3: You are applying from either inside or outside of Australia, your child lives in Australia, want to become a permanent resident in Australia, and are prepared to pay a higher visa application fees for faster processing.

Visa that suits you: Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

To apply for this visa, a parent must meet the balance of family test, health and character requirements, and have an support assurance and a sponsor. If you hold the Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143) and you would like to stay permanently in Australia, then you can apply for the Permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) before your temporary visa expires.

Applying in Australia

Scenario 4: You are applying inside Australia, your child lives in Australia, want to become a permanent resident of Australia, and meet the age requirements.

Visa that suits you: Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)

To apply for this visa, you must meet the age requirements, the balance of family test, and health and character requirements, and have a sponsor.

Scenario 5: You are applying in Australia, have a child who lives in Australia, want to live in Australia as a temporary resident for up to 2 years, meet the age requirements, and are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing.

Visa that suits you: Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884)

To apply for this visa, a parent must meet the balance of family test and age requirements, and have a sponsor.

Scenario 6: You are applying in Australia, have a child who lives in Australia, want to become a permanent resident of Australia, meet the age requirements, and are prepared to pay higher visa application charges.

Visa that suits you: Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)

To apply for this visa, a parent must meet the health, character and age requirements, pass the balance of family test, and have a support assurance along with a sponsor.