Child documents

  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of the child (four photos if health examinations have not been completed).
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the child on the back of each photograph.
  • Certified copy of the child’s birth registration showing both parents’ names. If you cannot get this document, provide a certified copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following documents:
    • passport
    • family book showing both parents’ names
    • identification document issued by the government
    • document issued by a court that verifies the child’s identity.
  • If relevant, provide the same documents for anyone included as a dependent child in the child’s application.


  • If the child’s name has changed or the name of anyone included in the child’s application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.
  • If the child was adopted before the parent became an Australia citizen, holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen, certified copies of the adoption papers or the Adoption Compliance Certificate.
  • If the child is a step child of the sponsor, documents to show all of the following:
    • the child’s parent is the former partner of the sponsoring step-parent
    • the child’s biological or adoptive parentage
    • the step parent (sponsor) has legal parental responsibility for the child
    • the child is younger than 18 years of age.
  • Additional documents for a child 18 years of age or older

    • If the child is enrolled as a full-time student: evidence of their enrolment and active participation in a post-secondary course of study
    • An explanation of a gap of more than six months in study between finishing the final year of secondary school and starting further studies.
    • Evidence that the child is financially dependent on their sponsor for their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, and how long this support has been provided. Evidence could include:
      • bank statements
      • money transfers
      • rent receipts.
    • If the child is claiming to have a disability: evidence from a qualified medical practitioner that the child has total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions and this stops them from working