Child onshore (subclass 802) Visa

What is the Child onshore visa (subclass 802)?

Child Onshore (subclass 802) Visa allows a dependent child of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is already in Australia at the time of the application to stay in Australia indefinitely as a permanent resident with their parents.

What can you do on the subclass 802 visa?

  • Live in Australia permanently
  • Study/work
  • Access Australia’s public healthcare scheme (Medicare)
  • If eligible apply for Australian citizenship
  • Sponsor relatives to migrate to Australia
  • Travel to and from Australia for the first 5 years after the visa is granted (after 5-years you will need to apply for the respective visas)

Am I eligible for the subclass 802 visa?

  • Be a dependent child of a parent who’s is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • Be under 18 or under 25 and a full-time student who financially relies on their parent
  • Be single and dependant on the parent
  • Be in Australia at the time of application and when the department makes a decision
  • Not be in Australia on another visa with a condition 8534 (no further stay)
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Have consent from all legal parties who can decide where the child lives

note: A child is also eligible if they are over 18 but dependent on their parent because they are unable to work due to disability.

Best interest of the child

The Department of Home Affairs declares the right to refuse the visa if they find it is not in the best interest of the child. Sponsorship of the child must be approved for the protection of the child

How much does the subclass 802 visa cost?

This visa costs AUD 3140 for the main applicant.(Update date:2024.07)

note: if the child has siblings or other family members also applying, they must apply separately.

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

How long can you stay on the subclass 802 visa?

This visa when granted is permanent residency in Australia

What is the processing time on the subclass 802 visa?

  • 50% of applications: 16 Months
  • 90% of applications: 24 Months

(Update date:2024.07)

What are the obligations on the subclass 802 visa?

  • The child must obey all Australian laws
  • Not get married or enter a de-facto relationship before the grant of this visa
  • Inform the department if anything changes. This includes changes to your relationship status, the birth of a child and any changes to personal details such as phone number, email address or passport

What are the sponsor obligations on the subclass 802 visa?

  • As the sponsor and parent, you are obligated to financially support your child, you are responsible for the cost to the Australian government of the child living in Australia
  • Help the child settle in Australia
  • Provide adequate safe accommodation
  • Abide by all Australian family law
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