When a child might not be eligible

    A child might not be able to apply for this visa if they are already in Australia and either they or their sponsoring relative:
  • do not currently hold a substantive visa
  • have not applied for the child to get an Orphan Relative visa within twelve months of their previous substantive visa ceasing.

If this case, contact our Perth office in Western Australia - attention Child and Other Family Processing Centre - before lodging an application. Email enquiry form: Child and Other Family Processing Centre Enquiry Form

A child whose parents simply do not want to care for the child cannot apply for this visa. The parents must be genuinely unable to care for the child because they are dead, incapacitated or missing.