Child Onshore (Subclass 802) Visa
With this visa the child can
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Australia’s public healthcare 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 we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility of this visa remans valid.
If the child wants to travel after the inital 5-year travel facility:
- they will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) visa so they can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
- they might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If they become an Australian citizen, they don’t require a visa to re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship
To see when the child’s travel facility ends, use VEVO.
How long the child can stay
This is a permanent visa. It lets the child stay in Australia indefinitely.
The child becomes a permanent resident the day we grant the visa.
Include other children
If the child has siblings who also want to apply, submit separate applications for each sibling.
The child’s dependent children can be included on their application when they apply or at any time before we decide the application.
Dependent children of the child who apply for the visa must meet our health requirement.
Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health requirement.
The visa costs AUD2,470 for the main applicant.
There is also a charge for each dependent child who applies for the visa with you.
To work out what your visa will cost, use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.
The child must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when the application is submitted and when we make a decision.
The child can’t apply for this visa if they are in Australia on another visa with a no further stay condition.
The application might take longer to process if:
- it is not filled in correctly
- it does not include all the documents we need or we need more information
- it takes us time to verify the information
We can’t process the application if the correct visa application charge is not paid. We will advise if this is the case and if necessary return the application.
The child’s obligations
The child and any dependants must obey all Australian laws.
Be their parent’s dependent child
The child must be dependent on their parent. They can be their parent’s:
- biological child
- adopted child
If the child was adopted after their parent became an Australian citizen, Australian permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen, they must have been adopted:
- through an intercountry adoption with the involvement of an Australian state or territory central authority, or
- through an intercountry adoption by arrangement between two countries (other than Australia) that are parties to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention), or
- if no Australian state or territory central authority was involved, through an expatriate adoption by an Australian citizen, an eligible New Zealand citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa who has been living outside Australia for more than 12 months before the adoption was finalised
To be eligible for this visa, a stepchild must:
- be the child of their parent’s former partner
- be aged under 18
The step-parent must also have either:
- an Australian parenting order in force that says the child is to live with them and be looked after by them, or
- guardianship or custody of the child under an Australian law or the law of another country
Have a sponsor
The child must be sponsored by an eligible parent or their parent’s spouse or de facto partner.
We must approve the sponsorship. We might not approve sponsorship if the sponsor or their partner has been charged or convicted of offences involving children. Learn more about measures for the protection of children.
Be this age
The child must be either:
- under 18 years old, or
- 18 to 25 years and studying full time, or
- over 18 years with a disability
If the child is over 18 years
If the child is 18 years or older, they:
- can’t be engaged to be married; and
- can’t be or ever have been in a de facto relationship
If the child is 18 to 25 years and studying full time
If the child is 18 to 25 years old they:
- must be a full-time student when they apply and when the visa application is decided
- can’t work full time
- must be financially dependent on their parent
The child is a full-time student if they are:
- enrolled in a full-time course that leads to a professional, trade or vocational qualification
- attending classes
The child should have started study since turning 18 years of age or within 6 months (or a reasonable time) of finishing school. Any gaps of more than 6 months between their final year of school and the start of their further studies must be explained.
If the child is over 18 years with a disability
If the child is 18 years or older with a disability, they:
- must have totally or partially lost their bodily or mental functions
- can’t work full time
- must be financially dependent on their parent
Have no partner
- can’t be married or in a de facto relationship
- can’t be engaged to be married
If the child is over 18, they must never have been married or had a de facto partner.
Meet the health requirement
The child and any of their dependent children who apply for the visa with them must meet our health requirement.
Dependent children who are not applying for the visa might also need to meet our health requirement.
Meet the character requirement
If the child is aged 16 years and over they must meet our character requirement.
We might also ask that their dependent children who apply for the visa with them meet the requirement.
Have paid back debt to the Australian Government
If the child or any member of their family owes the Australian Government money, it must be paid back or there must be a formal arrangement to pay it back.
Sign the Australian values statement
Children aged 18 or older must:
- have read, or had explained to them, the Life in Australia booklet
- sign the Australian Values Statement confirming they will obey Australian laws and respect the Australian way of life
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
The child might not be eligible for this visa if, since they last arrived in Australia, we have:
- refused a visa application, or
- cancelled a visa
If the child does not have a substantive visa when they apply for this visa, and we have cancelled a visa or refused a visa application since they last arrived in Australia, they must show us they have become the dependent child of an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or holder of an Australian permanent visa. They must also show us that they have not been refused a visa or had their visa cancelled on character grounds.
Have consent to migrate to Australia
We will only grant this visa to a child younger than 18 years if either:
- the child has the written consent of everyone who can legally decide where they live, or
- the laws of the child’s home country allow them to leave their home country, or
- it is consistent with any Australian child order about the child
Best interests of the child
We might not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.