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WHEN DO YOU NEED A RELATIVE VISA?

You will require a relative visa if you wish to move to Australia and live here permanently because:

  • you are aged and financially dependent on a relative who lives here, or
  • your and your partner’s only remaining relatives live here and you want to be near them.

If you just want to visit Australia for a short or temporary period of time, you will require a different kind of visa.

ELIGIBILITY FOR RELATIVE VISA OPTIONS

You may be qualified to apply for a relative visa if:

  • You are related to:
    • An Australian citizen, or
    • An Australian permanent resident, or
    • An eligible New Zealand citizen
  • The person you are related to is 18 years of age or older

It is important to understand that not many people are eligible for relative visas. Please read the scenarios below for more information.

SPONSORS

You will be required to have a sponsor to apply for a relative visa to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

A sponsor must be one of the following or their partner:

  • An Australian citizen, or
  • An Australian permanent resident, or
  • An eligible New Zealand citizen

And:

  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Be related to the visa applicant
  • Be lawfully resident in Australia for a reasonable period of time

Your sponsor will have additional eligibility requirements depending on your visa option. You can read more about the relative visa options below.

ASSURANCE OF SUPPORT

You will be required to get an assurance of support to apply for a relative visa to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114)

Applying in Australia

Scenario 1
  • You are applying outside Australia
  • You depend on a relative who lives in Australia for financial support
  • You want to travel to and live permanently in Australian
  • You are the Australian pension age

To be eligible for an Aged Dependent Relative Visa (subclass 114), you must:

  • Be sponsored by a relative or their partner who lives in Australia
  • Not be married or in a de facto relationship
  • Meet dependency requirements
  • Meet age requirements
  • Have an assurance of support
  • Meet health and character requirement

Please Note: Family members of an applicant for an Aged Dependent Relative Visa (subclass 114) may also be eligible for the visa because of their family relationship with the visa applicant.

REMAINING RELATIVE VISA (SUBCLASS 115)

Applying in Australia

Scenario 2
  • You are applying outside Australia
  • You want to live in Australia to be with your near relatives
  • You do not have any other near relatives living anywhere else in the world
  • You want to become an Australian permanent resident

Visa option: Remaining Relative Visa (subclass 115)

In order to be eligible for a Remaining Relative Visa (subclass 115), you must:

  • Have your only near relatives living in Australia
  • Be sponsored by an eligible near relative or their partner who lives in Australia
  • Have an assurance of support
  • Meet health and character requirements

Please Note: Family members of an applicant for a Remaining Relative Visa (subclass 115) may also be eligible for the visa because of their family relationship with the visa applicant.

AGED DEPENDENT RELATIVE VISA (SUBCLASS 838)

Applying in Australia

Scenario 3
  • You are applying in Australia
  • You depend on a relative who lives in Australia
  • You want to become an Australian permanent resident
  • You are the Australian pension age

Visa option: Aged Dependent Relative Visa (subclass 838)

In order to be eligible for an Aged Dependent Relative Visa (subclass 838), you must:

  • Be sponsored by a relative or their partner who lives in Australia
  • Not be married or in a de facto relationship
  • Meet dependency requirements
  • Meet age requirements
  • Have an assurance of support
  • Meet health and character requirements

Please Note: Family members of an applicant for an Aged Dependent Relative Visa (subclass 838) may also be eligible for the visa because of their family relationship with the visa applicant.

REMAINING RELATIVE VISA (SUBCLASS 835)

Scenario 4
  • You are applying in Australia
  • You want to live in Australia to be with your near relatives
  • You do not have any other near relatives living anywhere else in the world
  • You want to become an Australian permanent resident

Visa option: Remaining Relative Visa (subclass 835)

In order to be eligible for a Remaining Relative Visa (subclass 835), you must:

  • Have your only near relatives living in Australia
  • Be sponsored by an eligible near relative or their partner who lives in Australia
  • Have an assurance of support
  • Meet health and character requirements

Please Note: Family members of an applicant for a Remaining Relative Visa (subclass 835) may also be eligible for the visa because of their family relationship with the visa applicant.

CAPPING AND QUEUING

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection may limit the number of people who can get a certain type of visa each year. This type of limiting of visa places is known as capping.

Individuals applying for a visa that has reached the capping limit must wait until more visa places become obtainable. In case of relative visas, there is likely to be a waiting period of many years and one must continue to meet visa requirements.