Do you have a child who is currently in Australia that you want to be able to stay with you permanently within Australia?
What is a Child Visa (Subclass 802)?
A Child Visa (Subclass 802) is a permanent visa that allows an eligible parent to sponsor their child to live in Australia.
The child must be in Australia when the application is lodged and granted.
Please note: The child cannot apply for this visa if they currently hold another visa that has a ‘No Further Stay’ condition.
Who would a Child Visa (Subclass 802) be suitable for?
The Subclass 802 Visa would suit a child who:
- is currently in Australia
- is sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner (and who is also classed as an ‘eligible’ parent)
- is younger than 18 years of age, a full-time student between 18 and 25 years of age, or is unable to work due to a disability and dependent on the sponsoring parent
- is single (does not have a spouse, is not engaged to be married, and does not have a de facto partner)
What is an ‘eligible parent’?
An eligible parent is someone:
- who is an Australian citizen, or
- who holds a current Australian permanent resident visa, or
- who is an eligible New Zealand Citizen
- who is the biological parent of the child, or a step-parent who has a legal responsibility to care for the child
Other requirements of an eligible parent / sponsoring parent:
- You have the written consent of each person who can legally decide where the child lives
- The laws of the child’s home country permit the removal of the child
- This arrangement is consistent with any Australian child order
- You meet certain character requirements
- You are willing to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age
- You will support the child and meet their living needs for their first two years in Australia, and not rely on welfare
- You will provide adequate accommodation
- You will assist the child to settle in Australia
- You will assist the child in attending any required English Language Classes
- You are committed to informing the Australian Department of Immigration, in writing, if the child’s circumstances change in any way that could affect the child’s eligibility for a Child Visa or your eligibility to sponsor the child.
When can you expect a Child Visa (802) to be approved?
The processing times for a Child Visa (Subclass 802) can be found at the:
Australian Immigration and Border Protection Website
How do you apply for a Child Visa (802)?
As this visa involves the welfare of a child, the Australian Government is very vigilant in their criteria. The best interests of the child is the main focus of this visa. If you want to secure a visa for your child so they can remain in Australia then please talk to us first. We can help reduce the stress, and pave the way to a successful child visa application quickly.