Other family members – meaning anyone except a spouse or partner, or parent. Other family members generally means brothers, sisters, and parents. The applicant would be a non-dependent child of the parent, i.e. over the age of 18. The charges associated with applications range between approximately $4,000 and $5,000, depending on whether it is an offshore or onshore application. For a full list of charges see the DIAC website.
Applying Outside Australia
There are several categories for relatives applying from outside Australia:
- Remaining Relative Visa (Offshore) (Subclass 115): This visa requires sponsorship from within Australia by a resident Australian citizen, a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The two requirements for this visa are: a brother, sister, parent or step-equivalent who is eligible, and the applicant has no other brothers, sisters, non-dependent children, parents (or step-equivalents) other than those in Australia. Partners and other family members may be included in the application, depending on circumstances.
- Aged Dependent Relative (Subclass 114): for relatives for rely on a relative in Australia for all or most of their living costs, this visa category is available. The three requirements are: being aged (old enough to receive an Australian pension – ages range between 60 and 67, depending on birth date.); financial dependency (see ‘dependent’); and being single – either never coupled, or widowed, separated or divorced. There are a range of benefits associated with this visa, and a range of responsibilities also.
- Carer Visa (Offshore) (Subclass 116): where an Australian relative needs the care of the applicant for a medical condition. The applicant must be sponsored by the relative or the relative’s partner. If this visa is granted it means the applicant can live in Australia as a permanent resident. This visa class can include a partner or other family members in the application.
- New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa (Subclass 461) (Temporary): this visa is specifically for non-New Zealand citizens seeking to travel to and live in Australia with a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category (444) visa, which is a temporary visa. Applicants are family members who are not New Zealand citizens and are therefore not eligible for the Subclass 444 visa. This visa is valid for up to five years.
Applying from within Australia
The categories for onshore applications are:
- Remaining Relative (Subclass 835) (Permanent): This is an onshore application. For those who have a brother, sister, parent or step-equivalent in Australia. The applicant and their partner cannot have any other brothers, sisters, non-dependent children, or parent (or step-equivalent) other than those in Australia. This visa grants permanent residency rights for work, study, pharmaceutical benefits, Medicare, eligibility for citizenship and the ability to sponsor others for permanent residency.
- Aged Dependent Relative (Subclass 838) (Permanent): similar to the aged dependent relative requirements listed above, except the application process for this visa class is begun onshore.
- Carer (Subclass 836) (Permanent): again, the same as above, but the application process for this visa has begun whilst the applicant is within Australia.
- New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa (Subclass 461) (Temporary): see the same visa under Applying Outside Australia