This visa is for some older people to stay permanently in Australia if they rely on an eligible relative in Australia to provide financial support.
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to be successful, because the visa application charge will not usually be refunded if your application is refused or withdrawn.
You must be sponsored by the relative on whom you are financially dependent, and who has provided this support for a reasonable period (usually three years) before you lodge your application. Their partner can also be your sponsor.
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.
To be considered an aged dependent relative you must not be married or in a de facto relationship.
You must be able to demonstrate that you have been wholly or substantially dependent on your relative in Australia for financial support for your basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, or because you have a disability which prevents you from working. This support must have been continuing for at least three (3) years before your application is lodged.
You must be old enough to be granted an
aged pension under the
Social Security Act 1991. For more information, see the
Department of Human Services website.
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, since you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This also applies to all family members listed in the application, who are 16 years of age or older, whether they are migrating or not.
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.
This applies to all migrating family members listed in the application who are 18 years of age or older.
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.
This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application, whether they are migrating or not.
The Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838) is a permanent visa that allows some older people who meet age requirements to stay in Australia if they rely on an eligible relative in Australia to provide financial support.
More information on
Australian permanent residence, including eligibility for government services and benefits, is available.
There is 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
When you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a
Bridging visa A, you can apply for
Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
If your visa is granted, you must be in Australia when it is granted.
From AUD 3,945
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, 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.
Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.
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Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.
You must be in Australia when you lodge your application; and you must be in Australia when the visa is granted. This applies to all applicants for the visa.
This is a permanent visa.
You can include your child/step-child in your visa application at the time of lodgement.
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
After you applied for this visa but before a decision is made, members of your family unit can be added to your application.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
This information is for a person who wants to sponsor an Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838).
You can sponsor a family member for this visa if you are their relative and they are dependent on you financially.
They must be able to demonstrate that they have been dependent on you for financial support for a reasonable period (usually three years) before lodging the application. Your partner can be the sponsor, provided you live together.
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
The Australian Government limits the number of Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 838) visas it grants each year.
Aged Dependent Relative visa applications are given a lower priority than other family visas, such as partner and child visas. You can find information on processing times at
Family Members, Capping and Queuing.
Usually, you and your family need to have valid passports to be granted 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 offices .
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.
Lodge all the forms together. Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when you apply. Send your completed forms by post or courier to the relevant address on application form 47OF.
Email enquiry form:
Child and Other Family Processing Centre Enquiry Form
You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.
We assess applications for this visa in the order in which they are lodged, see
Other Family Visa Queue and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions.
When you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for a Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
You must be in Australia on the date your visa is granted.
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.
You 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.
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.
More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.
Tell us if your circumstances change after you have applied for this visa. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.
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.
Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.
You can remove one or more applicants and still continue with your visa application. Let us know in writing if you wish to do this. Include the signature of the person you are removing from your application if they are 18 or older.