Overview

The child of an Australian Permanent resident born in Australia is an Australian citizen. The child of an Australian permanent resident born outside Australia does not have a visa. If this situation applies to you or you are applying to adopt a child from overseas, the child needs to apply for a Child visa.

To be eligible for the visa the child must be:

  • sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner
  • single
  • adopted or in the process of adoption
  • younger than 18 years of age or a full-time student between 18 and 23 years of age, or 18 or older and unable to work due to a disability and dependent on the sponsoring parent.
  • Child Visa Categories

    There are 3 types of permanent child visas: child visa, orphan relative visa and adoption visa.

    There is one type of temporary child visa: dependent child visa. Applications for this visa can be made both offshore and onshore.

Child visa
(Subclass 101) - Offshore

This visa lets a child outside Australia move to Australia to live with their parents.

With this visa the child can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

The child can travel to and from Australia as many times as they want for 5 years from the date of the visa grant. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If the child wants to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • they will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • they might also want to consider Australian citizenship.

To apply for this visa, the child must be:

  • sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner
  • single
  • younger than 18 years of age, or:
  • a full-time student between 18 and 25 years of age, or
  • 18 or older and unable to work due to a disability and dependent on the sponsoring parent
  • meet the health requirement
  • meet the character requirement
  • be outside Australia when the application is made

The sponsor

The child’s sponsoring parent must be an Australian citizen, the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

To discover whether your child is eligible for Child visa (subclass 101), we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 15 months
  • 90% of applications: 19 months

The visa costs AUD$2,665 for the main applicant.

There might be other costs.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Adoption visa
(Subclass 102)

This visa lets children adopted outside Australia live in Australia with their adoptive parent.

With this visa the child can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

The child can travel to and from Australia as many times as they want for 5 years from the date of the visa grant. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If the child wants to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • they will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • they might also want to consider Australian citizenship.

To apply for this visa, the child must be:

  • adopted or be in the process of being adopted
  • sponsored by an eligible adoptive parent or prospective adoptive parent
  • under 18 at the time of adoption, when the application is submitted and at the time of the visa decision.
  • meet the health requirement
  • meet the character requirement
  • be outside Australia when the application is made

The sponsor/adoptive parent

The child’s sponsoring parent must be an Australian citizen, the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

To discover whether your child is eligible for Adoption visa (subclass 102), we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 14 months
  • 90% of applications: 22 months

The visa costs AUD$2,665 for the main applicant.

There might be other costs.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Child visa
(Subclass 802) - Onshore

This visa allows a child to stay in Australia permanently and live with their parents.

With this visa the child can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

The child can travel to and from Australia as many times as they want for 5 years from the date of the visa grant. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If the child wants to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • they will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • they might also want to consider Australian citizenship.

To apply for this visa, the child must be:

  • sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner
  • be a dependent child of a parent who is an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or holder of an Australian permanent visa
  • single
  • younger than 18 years of age, or:
  • a full-time student between 18 and 25 years of age, or
  • 18 or older and unable to work due to a disability and dependent on the sponsoring parent
  • meet the health requirement
  • meet the character requirement
  • be in Australia when the application is made and at the time of the visa decision
  • To discover whether your child is eligible for Child visa (subclass 802), we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 14 months
  • 90% of applications: 18 months

The visa costs AUD$2,665 for the main applicant.

There might be other costs.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

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