Remaining Relative Visa Subclass 835
What this Remaining Relative visa lets you do
This is a permanent visa. It allows you and your family to:
See information, including eligibility for government services and benefits, Australian permanent residence information.
You will not be able to sponsor any other relatives for a Remaining Relative visa. See: Settle in Australia
The Australian Government limits the number of Remaining Relative visas it grants each year.
See Other Family Visa Queue for more information.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this Remaining Relative visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of the department of immigration and border protection offices.
The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
Do not arrange for any checks until we tell you to.
You might be eligible for this Remaining Relative visa if:
You should not apply for this Remaining Relative visa unless you believe you are likely to be successful, as the visa application charge you pay will not usually be refunded if you withdraw your application or it is refused.
Your near relative is your or your partner’s parent (including biological and step-parent), brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister, child (including stepchild) who has turned 18 years of age and is not a dependent child, or child (including stepchild) who has not yet turned 18 years of age and is not in your or your partner’s daily care and control.
We do not consider how much contact you have with your near relatives when we make a decision about whether you are a remaining relative.
Your sponsor must be your parent, brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister or one of their partners. They must agree to give you support, accommodation and financial assistance for your first two years of residency in Australia. This agreement includes any members of the family unit included as applicants in your application.
Your sponsor must be 18 years of age or older and one of the following:
Your sponsor must be settled and usually resident in Australia.
Do not apply for this Remaining Relative visa if:
You must meet certain health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.
This also applies to all the members of your family unit included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared 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. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This also applies to all members of your family unit listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.â€‹â€‹
If you are older than 18 years of age, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this Remaining Relative visa can be granted.
You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see including family members in your application.
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.â€‹â€‹
Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.â€‹
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835). You must be in Australia when you make your application. Your application must be made in Australia.
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
You must complete the following forms to apply for this Remaining Relative visa. You must lodge all the forms together.
If you have any dependent family members who are 18 years of age or older, complete:
If you have any dependent children who are under 18 years of age, complete:
Your sponsor must complete:
Lodge all the forms together. Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when you apply.
Lodge your application in person, via courier or by post at an office of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia – attention Child and Other Family Processing Centre.
Email enquiry form:
You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au).
Remaining Relative Visa Subclass 835 : More information
Please refer to preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.
We assess applications for this Remaining Relative visa in the order in which they are lodged, subject to the Other Family Visa Queue and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions.
There is high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places. Applications for this Remaining Relative visa are subject to capping and queuing arrangements. This means your application is considered in two stages:
If your visa is granted, you must be in Australia when it is granted.
When you apply for this Remaining Relative visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
You can provide more information to the department of immigration and border protection, in writing, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you have previously provided, use:
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
If another person gives the department of immigration and border protection information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family. You can use the following forms:
â€‹You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send the department of immigration and border protection a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
â€‹â€‹â€‹All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹
We will not usually refund the visa application charge.
A person or organisation must give you an assurance of support. They can be your sponsor or another person. Up to three people can jointly provide an assurance of support for you.
An assurance of support is a legal commitment to provide you with financial support so you do not have to rely on social security payments.
The assurance covers you and the family members included in your application.
An assurer must be prepared to provide a bank guarantee. This will involve the assurer depositing money with the bank to cover the value of the bank guarantee.
The assurer must:
If the assurer is an organisation, a larger bond is required for each application.
The bond is refunded two years after your visa has been granted. Any debts to the government are deducted from the bond and only the balance is refunded.
We will tell you how and when to lodge an assurance of support after your application has been assessed and is released from the queue for final processing.
More information about the assurance of support can be found at the Department of Human Services.
If the visa is granted, we will send you a letter or email to tell you:
Usually you will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
You need to provide documents to support your application for this Remaining Relative visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.
Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.
Your application could be delayed if you do not lodge complete forms and relevant documents to prove your claims.
Complete these forms:
Complete this form if it applies:
For anyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older and is not your partner:
Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge.
You will be asked to pay the second instalment before the visa is granted. If you do not pay this charge the visa will be refused.
If relevant, provide the same documents for anyone included as a dependent child of your child.
Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.
This is a permanent visa. It allows you and your family to:
More information on Australian permanent resident, including eligibility for government services and benefits, is available.
You will not be able to sponsor any other relatives for a Remaining Relative visa.
You and your family must comply with all Australian laws.
You can sponsor a family member for this Remaining Relative visa if you are their near relative. This means you are their brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister or parent. Your partner can be the sponsor, provided you live together.
To be a sponsor, you must be:
You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
You must also agree in writing to provide support, accommodation and financial assistance for your relative and any accompanying family members for their first two years in Australia following grant of this Remaining Relative visa.
Neither you nor your partner can sponsor someone for this Remaining Relative visa if:
Complete the following form and lodge it with the visa application:
Your relative can change their sponsor before we make a decision about their application. The new sponsor will have to lodge their own completed:
For two years after your relative(s) is granted this Remaining Relative visa in Australia, you must continue to help them and their accompanying family members settle in Australia by providing (if necessary):
If you have also provided an assurance of support, you must support your relative and their family for two years after their visa is granted by:
Tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
Source: The Australian Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au). Please visit www.border.gov.au to get updated information.
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