Child Visa Subclass 802

Child Visa Subclass 802

Child Visa (Subclass 802): With this visa the child can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol 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 the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility of 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) 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.

Adopted children

To be granted this visa, an adopted child must have been adopted before they turned 18 by a parent who was not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen at the time of adoption.

A child adopted before they turned 18 by a parent who was already an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen at the time of adoption might be eligible for an Adoption visa (subclass 102).

Child Visa (Subclass 802): How long the child can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets the child stay in Australia indefinitely.

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 the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs decide the application.

Dependent children of the child who apply for the visa must meet the health requirement.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet health requirement.

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Cost

The visa costs A$ 2665 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each of the child’s dependent children who apply for the visa.

There might be other costs for health exams, police certificates and biometrics.

To work out what the visa might cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not consider the other costs.

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Apply from

The child must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when the application is submitted and when the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs 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.

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Processing times

The application might take longer to process if:

  • it is not filled in correctly
  • it does not include all the documents
  • it takes the department of Home Affairs time to verify the information

The child’s obligations

The child and any dependants must obey all Australian laws.

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Visa label

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link the child’s visa to their passport. They will not get a label in their passport.

Be dependent on their parent who is an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent visa holder

The child must be dependent on a parent who is:

  • Australian citizen
  • Eligible New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent visa holder

They can be their parent’s:

  • biological child
  • adopted child
  • stepchild

Stepchildren

To be eligible for this visa, a stepchild must:

  • be the child of their step-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.

The case officers at the Department of Home Affairs must approve the sponsorship. They might not approve sponsorship if the parent or their partner has been charged or convicted of offences involving children. Learn more about measures for the protection of children.

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Be this age

The child must be either:

  • under 18 years old, or
  • over 18 and under 25 years and studying full time, or
  • over 18 years with a disability

If the child is over 18 and under 25 years and studying full time

If the child is over 18 and under 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 more than any other person

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

Have no partner

The child can’t be or ever have been:

  • married or engaged to be married
  • in a de facto relationship

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Meet the health requirement

The child and any dependants who apply for the visa with them must meet health requirement.

Dependent children who are not applying for the visa might also need to meet health requirement.

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Meet the character requirement

If the child is aged 16 years or over they must meet character requirement.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might also ask that other family members 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.

Child Visa (Subclass 802): Sign the Australian values statement

Children aged 18 or older must:

Have consent to migrate to Australia

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs 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

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/child-802#Overview

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