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Reuniting Families Your Guide to Child Visas in Australia

Reuniting Families: Your Guide to Child Visas in Australia

Australia invites children to reunite with their families through a variety of child visas, addressing situations like children of permanent residents, adoption, or orphan relatives. This blog explores the eligibility criteria, visa types, process of application, and rights granted to child visa holders.

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What is the Eligibility Criteria?

  • Age: The child must be under 18; however, there is an exception for dependent students up to 25 years old.
  • Dependency: The child must be unmarried and dependent on a sponsoring parent (biological, adopted, or step).
  • Orphans: The child must be sponsored by an Australian citizen or permanent resident relative (if no parent can care for them).
  • Health & Character: This requirement targets those who are 16 and older. The child must meet health requirements and pass character checks.

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Visa Options

  • Child Visa (Subclass 101): For children outside Australia to join their parents permanently.
  • Child Visa (Subclass 802): For children already residing in Australia to stay with their families.
  • Adoption Visa (Subclass 102): It targets children adopted overseas by eligible Australians or residents.
  • Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445): Temporary visa for children of temporary partner visa holders.

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Applying for a Child Visa

  • Check eligibility: Ensure the child meets the criteria for any visa subclasses.
  • Sign up for an ImmiAccount: Register on the Department of Home Affairs website.
  • Complete the application: Furnish the required information for the specific visa subclass in the online form.
  • Submit documents: Collect the required documents, like birth certificates, passports, and proof of relationship.
  • Fee payment: Submit the application fee via designated channels.
  • Wait for an acknowledgment: Wait to receive a confirmation email assuring the receipt of your application.

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Rights and Responsibilities

  • Residency: Child visa holders have the right to live in Australia for their entire visa (permanent or temporary).
  • Education: They can attend government or non-government schools, with potentially free or subsidized education according to their visa subclass.
  • Healthcare: They can approach public healthcare (Medicare) that may be available based on their visa subclass. Otherwise, private health insurance might be required.


Seeking Guidance

Finally, we would like to advise you to seek professional consultancy to streamline the complexities of the immigration process. You can now get advice from licensed and authorized immigration experts who are registered to help with your immigration process.

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