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This visa allows a child who is outside Australia to come to Australia to live with their parents.
This visa is for a child who is:
A Child visa (subclass 101) lets an eligible parent sponsor their child to live in Australia indefinitely. The parent can apply on behalf of a child younger than 18 years of age.
An eligible parent is:
The child must be outside Australia when the application is lodged and when the application is decided.
More information is available from the
Child Migration booklet.
This is a permanent residence visa. It allows the child to:
Children born in Australia are automatically granted Australian citizenship if at least one parent is either an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa. They do not need a visa to live in Australia.
Children born outside Australia must either:
If you want to adopt a child from outside Australia, you must apply for an
Adoption visa (subclass 102) on behalf of the child.
An adopted child can be granted a Child visa (subclass 101) if they were adopted before the eligible parent became the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa, an Australian citizen, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
The visa application charges are listed in
Fees and charges.
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.
This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Child visa (subclass 101).
To get this visa, the child must be:
The child can include their own dependent children in this application.
The child's sponsoring parent must be an Australian citizen, the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen. The spouse or de facto partner of the child's parent can also sponsor the child.
The child must be:
An adopted child must have been adopted before their parent became an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
A child younger than 18 years of age:
A child between 18 and 25 years of age who does not have a disability that prevents them from working must:
To be a full-time student, the child must:
The child must be a full-time student when they apply for this visa. Any gaps of more than six months between the final year of school and tertiary studies must be explained.
A child with a disability is eligible for this visa if they:
Disability means that the child has total or partial loss of their bodily or mental functions, and they are unable to work because of it.
To be dependent they must be reliant on the sponsoring parent for financial support because they are not able to work because of their disability.
This visa can be granted only if you can show one of the following for a child younger than 18 years of age:
The documents checklist lists you the documents you must provide with your application to support this claim.
This visa will not usually be granted if it is against the best interests of a child younger than 18 years of age.
Measures for the Protection of Children has more information.
We might ask for an assurance of support for the child so that welfare costs for some migrants are not borne by the Australian community.
Do not provide an assurance of support unless we ask for one and tell you what you need to do.
The child must meet certain
health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. This also applies to any member of your family unit included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
A child older than 16 years of age must meet certain character requirements. They must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country they have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after they turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This applies to you and all members of your family unit listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
The child must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government.
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 might be able to include your child in the visa application.
Any children included in the visa application must meet the requirements for
including family members in your application.
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
Children who are included as members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet
health and character requirements.
Your siblings will need to lodge their own application.
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Child visa (subclass 101).
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
You must complete two forms and lodge them together.
The child or sponsoring parent should complete:
Sponsoring parents should complete:
The forms must be completed in English. You must provide all relevant documents and pay 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
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.
visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if the child needs character or health checks (including x-rays), you need to provide more information, or the application is incomplete.
Do not arrange for the child to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that the visa has been granted.
You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
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.
Tell us if your circumstances or the child’s circumstances change. Use the following forms:
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.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
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.
Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.
Lodge these forms at the same time:
Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.
If relevant, provide the same documents for anyone included as a dependent child in the child’s application.
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:
Provide the original certificates. Your sponsor can keep a copy for their own records.
This information is for people who have already been granted a Child visa (subclass 101). It explains your rights and obligations.
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
The child must comply with all Australian laws and all visa conditions. This includes:
You must tell us in writing if circumstances change in a way that could affect the child’s eligibility for a visa, or your eligibility to sponsor the child.
This information is for a parent who wants to sponsor a child for a Child visa (subclass 101).
It is usually the sponsoring parent who prepares the relevant documents and lodges the application.
To sponsor a child for this visa you must be:
You must also be either:
You can sponsor a child if you are:
You do not need to be in Australia at the time of application. You can still be a sponsoring parent if you:
A child who was adopted after you became an Australian citizen, the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or eligible New Zealand citizen, might be able to apply for an
Adoption visa (subclass 102).
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.
As a sponsor you must:
You must tell us in writing if circumstances change in a way that could affect the child's eligibility for a Child visa, or your eligibility to sponsor the child.
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