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The Australian immigration system has structured family migration streams to offer a wide range of visas to eligible Australian relatives. There are several options one may consider while applying for a relative visa. However, the visa scheme selected should meet an applicant’s circumstances, needs, and visa requirements. To qualify for a relative visa, one must meet all the visa grant requirements, including being sponsored by a family relative who meets the required eligibility criteria. These visas are required to be sponsored by Australian citizens, permanent residents of this country, and eligible New Zealand citizens

An eligible sponsor will be required to undertake obligations in relation to their migrating family members; the required obligations and conditions will vary depending on the visa subclass they apply for. The sponsor should be at least 18 years of age.

The relative visa pathway ensures eligible family members and close relatives get an opportunity to migrate to Australia to be reunited with their close relatives on qualifying all the required pre-conditions. There are several family-sponsored visa options that your family member may like to consider applying for. These include; remaining relative visas, aged dependant relative visa, orphan relative visa, carer visa, and many more.

This section provides information on visa routes available to eligible relatives for migrating to Australia. Currently, there are many visas intended for this purpose. All have specific eligibility criteria; some of them are enumerated below:

Subclass 114 – Aged Dependent Relative visa This immigration process is designed 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 Australian relative (or the eligible New Zealand citizen) of the applicant must be above 18 years of age. In case the applicant wants to visit the Country for a particular tenure, then a separate visa category needs to be applied. To apply under the (Australia) Dependent 114 visa category, the dependent relative who is applying for immigration should have an eligible sponsor. The sponsor should also take the responsibility of fulfilling the accommodation and day to day needs of the dependent relative during his stay in the Nation. This is an offshore visa.

Subclass 115 – Remaining Relative visa- 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. As per the 115 visa conditions, the following relatives are defined as near relatives-

  • Parent or step-parent
  • Partner’s parent or step-parent
  • Sibling or step-sibling
  • The child who is 18 or older and not dependent on you (or stepchild)
  • Child or stepchild who is under 18 and not in your daily care and control (or your partner’s)

Subclass 117 – Orphan Relative visa. This visa 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 cannot be found. With this visa, an eligible child can live permanently with his relative/sponsors in Australia. An orphan child (If eligible) can later on also apply for Australian citizenship. 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.

Subclass 835 – Remaining Relative visa This visa is a permanent permit to the country. 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 836 – Carer visa This visa allows an applicant to be a carer for their nearest relatives or a member of their family residing in Australia. 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. The relative can be the applicant’s parent, partner, child, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent, grandchild (or step-equivalent) and be ordinarily resident in Australia and must be either an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Subclass 837 – Orphan Relative visa- This is a permanent residence visa. With this visa, an eligible child can live permanently with his relative/sponsors in Australia. An orphan child (If eligible) can later on also apply for Australian citizenship. The eligible Australian relative must be settled in Australia; the term ‘settling’ implies that the related person has lived in Australia lawfully for at least two years. An eligible relative may include:

  • Sibling or step-sibling;
  • Grandparent or step-grandparent;
  • Aunt, uncle, step-aunt, or step-uncle.

Subclass 838 – Aged Dependent Relative visa- This visa is an onshore visa 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). The current cost for subclass 838 starts from AUD 6415/- extra charges may apply to add family members to the application form.

Subclass 852 – Referred Stay Permanent visa- This visa allows an individual who has assisted the Australian Federal Police in an investigation of a case related to human trafficking, slavery, and similar crime to stay in Australia permanently in order to escape the life threat or danger that the referred stay applicant might face on returning home (back to their home country).To be eligible to apply for this visa, an invitation must first come from the Department.
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.

One can also include their relatives in their visa application if they apply for other visa categories such as the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa or the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa.

The standard processing time for a relative visa varies based on the visa category conditions and individual profile structure.

Contact Us

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.

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