Australian family visas are organized pathways for family members to sponsor their eligible relatives to the country. Relative visa is specifically designed for people who have them only near relatives settled in Australia. Relative visas are based on a close family relationship with an eligible relative/sponsor residing in Australia. For the purpose of this visa, the visa applicant must be aged and financially dependent on a relative who resides in Australia, or they or their partner’s only remaining relatives are in Australia, and they wish to reside with them. For a relative visa to Australia, you can only be sponsored by/related to a person who is:
An applicant applying for a relative visa needs to ensure the following before applying through this stream:
One can find the following visa categories under the relative visa stream-
Subclass 114 Visa- Aged Dependent Relative Visa– The subclass 114 is suitable for those who are single, aged, and dependent on their relatives, who are permanent residents/ citizens of Australia or citizens of New Zealand if eligible.
The subclass 114 visa is an offshore visa, which means it is specifically for those applicants who are not living in the Country (at the time of filing the application for the concerned immigration category). The aged dependent visa also requires the Australian relative of the applicant to act as the sponsor of the required aged dependent relative. The applicant must prove that they are dependent on their Australian relative and have been receiving their support for at least three years before applying under this category.
Subclass 115 Visa- Remaining Relative Visa– The subclass 115 visa is designed for those individuals who live outside the country and wish to stay permanently with them only near relatives in Australia.
If an applicant’s only near relative is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, usually residing in Australia, they qualify to apply for a remaining relative (subclass 115) visa in Australia. This is an offshore visa process. While Subclass 835 is an onshore visa. It is a permanent visa category.
Subclass 117 Visa – Orphan Relative Visa – Subclass 117 allows a single child to come to Australia and live with an eligible Australian relative if their parents are dead, are unable to care for them, or can not be found. Under this subclass, a child would be allowed to stay in Australia as a permanent resident, and would get to live, study, and work in Australia indefinitely. The relative should be a sponsor to the child and must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. If the eligible child is already in Australia on another substantive visa, they can apply for a visa application through the visa subclass 837 meant for individuals already staying in Australia.
Subclass 835 Visa- Remaining Relative Visa– Subclass 835 visa is an onshore visa. If approved, it grants a permanent residency to its applicant who intends to stay in Australia to be with their only remaining relative. If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, usually residing in Australia, your last remaining relative can apply for a remaining relative (subclass 835) visa in Australia. The applicant must be in the country when the application is filed, and the decision is made. Subclass 835 visa (remaining relative) is a permanent permit to the country
Subclass 836 Visa – Carer Visa – The carer visa (Subclass 836) is a permanent visa that allows applicants to come to Australia to provide care to an Australian relative or a member of their family unit who requires support owing to a long term or permanent medical condition. Subclass 836 requires an applicant to be sponsored by their relative or their relative’s partner. An applicant who already holds a substantive visa and is in Australia can apply for this visa. For applicants who are offshore and wish to apply for a caregiver visa, subclass 116 is the eligible stream that requires the applicant to be outside Australia while lodging the application and when the visa is granted.
Subclass 837 Visa – Orphan Relative Visa – Subclass 837 or more popularly known as the onshore Orphan Relative visa, allows an eligible single child to live with an eligible Australian relative if their parents are not alive, or are unable to care for them, or cannot be found. The child is required to be in Australia on another substantive visa to make an application under this subclass. With this visa, a child would be allowed to stay in Australia as a permanent resident, and would get to live, study, and work in Australia indefinitely. The relative should be a sponsor to the child and must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. In case the child is outside Australia, an application through subclass 117 should be made.
Subclass 838 Visa – Aged Dependent Relative Visa – Subclass 838 visa is structured for those individuals who are single, aged, and dependent on their relatives, who are permanent residents/ citizens of Australia or New Zealand citizens (if eligible). Subclass 114 (offshore) aged dependent relative visa and subclass 838 (onshore) aged dependent relative visa, both are designed to facilitate permanent stay, of older family unit members, with their relatives in the country.
Subclass 852 Visa- Referred Stay (Permanent) Visa– This visa has been structured for individuals who have helped the Australian Federal Police track people involved in slavery and human trafficking-related crimes. One can apply for this visa only when they are invited. An applicant is invited for this visa if there is sufficient ground to prove that the life of the referred applicant would be in danger if they return to their home country.
There are many types of relative visas in Australia, and we, at E-Help, have a special team dedicated to family migration. Our immigration consultants can assist you in queries with respect to your eligibility prospects, requirements and conditions, visa processing, and other general or specific range of questions. Contact us to get up to date details on family migration.
Our family visa immigration consultants at E-Help provide goal-centred service to both applicants from overseas and their sponsor relatives from Australia. Our immigration agents are professionally trained to handle all sorts of ethical, culturally sensitive, person-based information. We, at E-help, understand the importance of having your family together. We also support your cultural expectation of being cared for and taking care of your relatives; hence, our immigration agents are thoroughly ready to assist you in your family visa journey. Our immigration agents/ visa consultants are extremely cautious in assessing family visa immigration to Australia. Each visa application form is meticulously checked and thereafter submitted with proper evidence (documentation).
We would love to be a part of your journey of converting the Australian dream to reality! To book an appointment with our family visa/consultants immigration agents, contact us or dial us at +61 7 3172 4965.