Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115)

What is The Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115)?

The Remaining Relative Visa (Subclass 115) is designed for applicants who have no near relatives outside Australia and have a relative who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand. This visa allows the applicant to migrate to Australia as a permanent resident.

What can you do on the subclass 115 visa?

  • Live in Australia permanently
  • Find employment
  • Study in Australia (at your own expense)
  • Enrol in Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme (Medicare)
  • If eligible you can apply for Australian citizenship

Note: The Australian government will not compensate or loan any expense for education or work.

If you are working you are protected by Australian workplace law. See your workplace rights and entitlements.

Am I eligible for the subclass 115 visa?

  • Be a remaining relative of an Australian citizen, Permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • Have no near relatives who usually live outside Australia
  • Be outside Australia at the time of application and when a decision is made
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Not have had any previous visa applications cancelled or refused
  • Have an eligible sponsor (usually your relative)
  • Must have Assurance of Support (see below)

What is a near relative?

A near relative is your/your partners parents, siblings, stepsiblings, children, step-children, niece or nephew who is not a dependent child.

What is Assurance of support?

An Assurance of Support is essentially a bond with the department of human services. It is an additional cost paid by the sponsor at the time of decision, for two applicants the bond is an estimated cost of $14,000, however, the assurer’s taxable income needs to be assessed. This is amount is an agreement that financial support will be provided to the applicant/s to settle down in Australia and in circumstances of financial hardship so that there isn’t a dependency on government income (Centrelink).

This amount is paid to the department of human services and is an agreement to re-pay the department for any income support provided. The amount is repaid (minus debt to the Australian government) two years after the parent (subclass 103) visa is granted.

The assurer must:
  • Give sufficient support so thatthe primary applicant or any accompanying family do not have to rely on any government support
  • Pay a security bond before the visa isgranted

How much does the subclass 115 visa cost?

From AUD5125(Update date:2024.07)

Additional costs: You might also have to pay other costs for each applicant for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

What is the length of stay for the visa 115?


What is the processing time for the subclass 115 Visa?

As at 31 May 2024, we have released the following applications for final processing:

  • Carer visa applications with a queue date up to 31 October 2022
  • Remaining Relative visa applications with a queue date of up to 31 December 2012
  • Aged Dependent Relative visa applications with a queue date up to 31 December 2012.


Holders of a Subclass 115 Visa are eligible to enrol in Australia’s public-health cover (Medicare).

What are the obligations of the 115 visa?

  • You must obey all Australian laws
  • Inform the department if anything changes. This includes changes to the relationship status, the birth of a child and any changes to personal details such as phone number, email address or passport
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