This visa allows someone outside Australia whose only near relatives are living in Australia to live in Australia as a permanent resident.
Global processing time for this visa is unavailable as applications are
capped or queued.
For more information read
Global visa and citizenship processing times
You should not apply for this visa unless you believe you are likely to be successful, because the visa application charge will not usually be refunded if your application is refused or withdrawn.
Your near relative is your parent or your partner's parent (including biological and step-parent), brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister; child (including stepchild) who has turned 18 and is not a dependent child; or child (including stepchild) who has not yet turned 18 years of age and is not in your or your partner's daily care and control.
We do not consider how much contact you have with near relatives when we make a decision about whether you are a remaining relative.
Your sponsor must be your parent, brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister or one of their partners. They must agree to give you support, accommodation and financial assistance for your first two years of residency in Australia. This agreement includes any family members included as applicants in your application.
You must meet certain
health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.
This also applies to all the members of your family unit included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must meet certain
character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This also applies to all members of your family unit listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign an
Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the
Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
The Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115) is a permanent visa for people who want to live in Australia to be with their only near relatives.
Your application must be made outside Australia and you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.
See information, including eligibility for government services and benefits,
Australian permanent residence information.
You will not be able to sponsor any other relatives for a Remaining Relative visa.
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You could have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments and police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
Do not arrange for any checks until we tell you to.
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This is a permanent residence visa.
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see
including family members in your application..
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet
A person or organisation must give you an assurance of support. They can be your sponsor or another person. Up to three people can provide an assurance of support for you.
An assurance of support is a legal commitment to provide you with financial support so you do not have to rely on social security payments.
The assurance covers you and the family members included in your application.
If the assurer is an organisation, a larger bond is required for each application.
The bond is refunded two years after your first entry to Australia once your visa has been granted. Any debts to the government are deducted from the bond and only the balance is refunded.
We will tell you how and when to lodge an assurance of support after your application has been assessed and is released from the queue for final processing.
More information about the assurance of support and how much you need to pay is at the
Department of Human Services.
You and your family must comply with all Australian laws.
You can sponsor a family member for this visa if you are their near relative. This means you are their brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister or parent. Your partner can be the sponsor, provided you live together.
You must also agree in writing to provide support, accommodation and financial assistance for your relative and any accompanying family members for their first two years in Australia.
Complete the following form and lodge it with the visa application:
Form 40 - Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB pdf).
Your relative can change their sponsor before we make a decision about their application. The new sponsor will have to lodge their own completed: Form 40 - Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB pdf)
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
The Australian Government limits the number of Remaining Relative visas it grants each year.
Other Family Visa Queue for more information.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our
You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.
You must complete the following forms to apply for this visa. You must lodge all the forms together.
Complete this form for all members of your family unit older than 18 years of age, including those who are migrating and those who are not.
Lodge all the forms together. Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when you apply.
Lodge your application at one of the
immigration offices outside Australia, which will tell you how you can pay. There is also further information available on the
methods of payment accepted by our
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
We assess applications for this visa in the order in which they are lodged with the processing office, subject to the
Other Family Visa Queue.
There is a high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places are available. Applications for this visa are subject to
capping and queuing arrangements and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions. This means your application is considered in
If the visa is to be granted, you and any family members included as applicants in the application must be outside of Australia at the time of grant.
Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.
Usually you will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
The child might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application.
Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.
We will not usually refund your visa application charge if you withdraw your application.