The Aged Dependant Relative (Subclass 838) Visa allows for a single older person who has a near relative who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen that they rely on for financial support or due to a disability to migrate to Australia permanently. This differs from the Aged Dependant Relative (subclass 114) Visa because it is designed for applicants who are applying onshore.
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The Department of Home Affairs defines dependent as someone who has been relying on their relative for at least 3 years for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Or rely on your relative due to a disability.
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:
Secondary applicants: This amount does not include cost of any family members or children applying with you and they will be subject to their own application fee
Additional costs: You might also have to pay other costs for each applicant for health checks, police certificates and biometrics
This is a permanent visa; it allows indefinite stay in Australia.
As of the 30th of December 2021, The Department of Home Affairs does not publish processing times for the subclass 838 visa as it is subject to annual capping and queuing.
Your application’s processing time may be longer if:
Holders of a Subclass 838 Visa are eligible to enrol in Australia’s public-health cover (Medicare).
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