About these visas
Child visa (subclass 101)
This visa lets an eligible parent sponsor their child to live in Australia indefinitely.
An eligible parent is:
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- an eligible New Zealand citizen
Further information on this visa can be found in the Booklet 2, Child Migration.
Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)
This visa is a temporary visa a child in the following situations:
- Their parent holds a temporary Partner visa (subclass 309 or 820) or a Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)
- They are sponsored by the same person who sponsored their parent
- They are single
- They are younger than 18 years of age, or one of the following:
- Financially dependent on their parent holding the temporary Partner visa, or
- Incapacitated for work due to the total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions.
If this visa is granted, the child also needs to make a permanent Partner visa application before the parent's permanent Partner visa is decided.
Further information on this visa can be found in the Booklet 1, Partner Migration.
How do I apply for the visa?
To lodge a Child visa (subclass 101) or a Dependent Child visa (subclass 445) application, please prepare documents per the below checklist.
See: Checklist - Child visa (subclass 101)
See: Checklist - Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)
- Photocopies and translation
- All documents included in the application must be copies of the original documents. Please note that original documents or certified copies of the original documents can be requested if the visa processing officer finds it necessary as part of the visa application assessment. The courier service for returning the original documents will be at your cost.
- All documents not in English must be translated by an accredited translator. English translation must be translated by an accredited (http://www.naati.com.au/) or professional translator. The translation must be either on company letterhead or must have the translator's official company stamp/seal and must include their contact details.
- Processing service standards
- Information on the average processing time service standard can be found at Application Processing Time Service Standards. Please note that the service standards are indicative only. Processing time on individual cases may vary depending on individual circumstances and the complexity of each case.
- Visa decision
- You will be notified of a decision by email (if you have agreed to electronic communication) or by post.
- Australian visas are recorded electronically so you are not required to have a visa label placed in your passport