Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

Features

​This visa allows someone outside Australia whose only near relatives are living in Australia to live in Australia as a permanent resident.

Eligibility

  • Your (and your partner's) relatives in Australia must be your only near relatives.
  • You must have someone who will provide an assurance of support.

Length of stay

Permanently

Cost

From AUD 3,945

Global processing times

Global processing time for this visa is unavailable as applications are capped or queued.

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times

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Eligibility


Who could get this visa

    You might be eligible for this visa if:
  • your (and your partner's) only near relatives live in Australia
  • an eligible near relative or their partner will sponsor you and all family members included as applicants in your application
  • you have someone who will provide an assurance of support
  • you and your family members meet health and character requirements.

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to be successful, because the visa application charge will not usually be refunded if your application is refused or withdrawn.

Who is your near relative

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.

Who is your sponsor

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.

When you might not be eligible for this visa

    Do not apply for this visa if:
  • you or your partner have any near relatives, who are usually living outside Australia, or are only living in Australia on a temporary visa, Bridging visa or unlawfully.
  • your sponsor (or their partner) was the holder of, or sponsored someone else for, a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835 or subclass 115), Preferential Family visa (subclass 104) or Family visa (subclass 806).

Health

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.

Character

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.

Sign the Australian Values Statement

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.

Debts to the Australian Government

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 visa

About this visa

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.

What you can do

    This is a permanent visa. It allows you and your family to:
  • stay in Australia indefinitely as an Australian permanent resident
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • travel to and from Australia as a permanent resident for five years from the date the visa is granted - after that time you will need to apply for another visa if you want to return to Australia.

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.

See: Settle in Australia

Cost

From AUD 3,945

Other costs

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.

Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.

Visa pricing estimator

Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.

Location

Your application must be made outside Australia and you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.

How long your visa lasts

This is a permanent residence visa.

Family

    You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:
  • your partner
  • your child/step-child or your partner’s child/step-child.

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 health and character requirements.

Assurance of support

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.

    An assurer must:
  • lodge a bond for each applicant older than 18 years of age, which is:
    • AUD5000 — for the main applicant
    • AUD2000 — for each adult family member included in your application.
  • repay any recoverable social security payments you receive in the first two years of living in Australia.

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.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all Australian laws.

Sponsors

Who can sponsor a child

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.

    To be a sponsor, you must be:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • settled in Australia
  • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

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.

When you might not be able to sponsor a family member

    Neither you nor your partner can sponsor someone for this visa if:
  • you have ever been granted or successfully sponsored someone for any of the following visas:
    • Preferential Family visa (subclass 104) (now closed to new applicants)
    • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
    • Family visa (subclass 806)(now closed to new applicants)
    • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835).

How to sponsor

Complete the following form and lodge it with the visa application: Form 40 - Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB pdf).

Change of sponsor

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)

Assurance of support

    If you have also provided an assurance of support, you must support your relative and their family for two years after they arrive in Australia by:
  • providing financial support so they do not have to rely on any government forms of income support
  • repaying the Australian Government for any social security payments
  • paying a refundable bond before the visa is granted.

Report changes in circumstances

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

Sponsorship obligations

    For two years after your relative(s) is granted this visa and arrives in Australia, you must continue to help them and their accompanying family members settle in Australia by providing:
  • support
  • accommodation
  • financial assistance.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Family visa queue

    The Australian Government limits the number of Remaining Relative visas it grants each year.

    See Other Family Visa Queue for more information.

    Your passport

    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 offices.

  2. Gather documents

    Documents

    Prepare your documents

    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.

  3. Apply

    Apply for the visa

    You must complete the following forms to apply for this visa. You must lodge all the forms together.

      The child or their sponsor should complete:
    • Form 47OF - Application for migration to Australia by other family members (500 kB pdf).
      If you have any members of your family unit who are 18 years of age or older, you must complete:
    • Form 47A - Details of Child or Other Dependent Family Member Aged 18 Years or Over (238 kB pdf).

      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.

      If you have any dependent children who are under 18 years of age, you must complete:
    • Form 1229 - Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years (251 kB pdf).
      Your sponsor must complete:
    • Form 40 - Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 KB pdf).

    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 offices.

    More information

    Please refer to preparing your application, for information on:

    • certifying and translating documents into English
    • communicating with us
    • using a migration agent
    • authorising another person to receive information from us
    • receiving assistance with your application.

  4. After you apply

    Wait for a decision

    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 two stages.

    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.

    Visa decision

      If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
    • when you can use the visa
    • the visa grant number
    • any conditions attached to the visa.

    Usually you will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

      If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
    • why the visa was refused
    • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
    • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

    Provide more information

      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:
    • Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF)

    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.

    Provide Biometric

    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.

    Tell us of changes

    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.

Tell us of changes

How to tell us of changes

    Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:
  • Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details (86KB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (77KB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

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.

Withdrawing your visa application

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.

Estimate the cost of your visa

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