Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)

Features

This temporary visa:

  • allows a child to travel to and from or stay in Australia until their parent's permanent Partner visa is finalised
  • is required if the child is to be added to a permanent Partner visa application after a temporary Partner visa has been granted to their parent.

Eligibility

A child might be able to get this visa if:

  • their parent holds a temporary Partner visa (subclass 309 or 820) or a Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)
  • they are sponsored by the same person who sponsored their parent
  • they are single
  • they are younger than 18 years of age, or one of the following:
    • financially dependent on their parent holding the temporary Partner visa, or
    • incapacitated for work due to the total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions.

Length of stay

Temporarily

Cost

From AUD
2,370

Global processing times

75 per cent of applications processed in 8 months

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The process

Processing time

75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
8 months10 months

Last updated 14 June 2017 (for month ending 31 May 2017)

Processing times vary.

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times

Eligibility

Who could get this visa

A child applying for this visa must be the dependent child of a parent who holds a temporary Partner visa or a Dependent Child visa. A parent usually lodges the application on behalf of the child.

The child must be:

  • a biological child, stepchild or adopted child of the parent
  • sponsored by the same person sponsoring their parent with limited exceptions
  • able to meet health and character requirements
  • single (the child cannot be married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship)
  • younger than 18, or else be one of the following:
    • financially dependent on the parent holding the temporary Partner visa
    • incapacitated for work due to the total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions.

The child’s parent

To be granted this visa, the child’s parent or step-parent must already hold one of the following temporary Partner visas:

For a child who is under 18 to be granted this visa, each person who can legally decide where the child can live must give permission for the child to be granted this visa. If another parent or person can make that decision, they must also give their permission.

Information on how to meet this requirement can be found under Applicant documents in the Follow these steps tab

Best interests of the child

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.

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

A child older than 16 years of age must meet certain character requirements. They will need 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 also applies to all members of your family unit listed in the application who are 16 years of age or older whether they are migrating or not.

Debts to the Australian Government

The child must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government.

The visa

About this visa

A Dependent Child visa (subclass 445) is a temporary visa for the child of a parent who holds a temporary Partner visa that does not already include the child.

If this visa is granted, the child also needs to make a permanent Partner visa application before the parent's permanent Partner visa is decided.

    A Dependent Child visa holder can apply for a permanent Partner visa by using:
  • Form 1002 - Application by a subclass 445 dependent child for a permanent Partner visa (178 kB pdf).

What this visa lets the child do

This visa allows the child to:

  • travel to and from, or stay in Australia with their parents until a decision in made on the parent’s permanent visa application
  • work and study in Australia
  • travel to and from and stay Australia while the temporary visa is valid.

A Dependent Child visa holder is eligible to enrol in Medicare once they have lodged an application for a permanent Partner visa. Medicare is Australia’s scheme for health related care and expenses.

Cost

From AUD 2,370

Other costs

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.

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

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Location

The child can be in or outside Australia when they apply for this visa.

How long your visa lasts

The child’s visa is valid while the parent’s temporary Partner visa or Dependent Child visa is valid. Usually a Dependent Child visa will be valid until a decision is made on the child’s permanent Partner visa application.

Family

If the child's siblings are also applying for this visa, they must lodge separate applications.

The child can include their own dependent children in this application.

Your dependent child must also be able to show that they meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

These dependent children must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to the child.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

This visa will expire when a decision is made on the parent’s application for a permanent Partner visa, or when the parent’s visa application is withdrawn.

It is very important that the child applies for a permanent Partner visa before the parent’s permanent Partner visa is decided. If they do not do this, they could become unlawful and have no other permanent visa options available to them.

  • Form 1002 - Application by a subclass 445 dependent child for a permanent partner visa (178 kB pdf)
  • If they do not do this, they could become unlawful and have no other permanent visa options available to them.

Sponsors

Who can sponsor a child

In most cases, to sponsor a child for this visa you must:

  • already be sponsoring the child’s parent for a permanent partner visa
  • be prepared to provide support for the child and members of their family unit included in the application.

If the child is under 18, you and your partner (if any) will also need 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. Do not arrange for police certificates until the department asks you to.

Parental responsibility

This visa can be granted only if you can show one of the following for a child younger than 18 years of age:

  • you have the written consent of each person who can legally decide where the child lives
  • the laws of the child’s home country permit the removal of the child
  • it is consistent with any Australian child order.

The list of documents you must provide with your application to support this claim are under Follow these steps.

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.

How long the sponsorship lasts

As a sponsor you must provide accommodation and all the financial support that the child needs for two years:

  • after they enter Australia (if the child applies outside Australia)
  • after the visa is granted (if the child applies in Australia).

Sponsor obligations

As a sponsor you must be willing to provide support for the child members of their family unit included in the application.

This means you must:

  • be responsible for the costs to the Australian Government that the child might incur while living in Australia
  • provide adequate accommodation and enough financial support to meet the child's reasonable living needs for the child's first two years in Australia
  • help the child settle in Australia
  • support the child to attend any required English language classes.

You must advise us in writing if circumstances change in a way that could affect the child’s eligibility for a Dependent Child visa, or your eligibility to sponsor the child.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    'No further stay' condition

    You cannot apply for this visa if you already hold another visa that has a ‘No further stay’ condition.

    Contact us if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia.

  2. Gather 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 cannot lodge this application in person if you are applying in Australia. You must post or courier your application to the Perth office in Western Australia - marked: attention to Child and Other Family Processing Centre.

    You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    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

    After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.

    We have visa processing times for each visa.

    Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

    Provide more information

    You can provide more information to us, in writing, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you have previously provided, use:

    • Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s)  (99 kB 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 biometrics

    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.

    Visa decision

    If the visa is granted, you must be outside Australia when it is granted and we will let you know:

    • when you can use the visa
    • the visa grant number
    • any conditions attached to the visa.

    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.

    Apply for a permanent Partner visa

    Once this visa is granted, the child needs to apply for a permanent Partner visa. One way to apply is to use:

    Form 1002 - Application by a subclass 445 dependent child for a permanent Partner visa (178 kB pdf).

    The child needs to apply for a permanent Partner visa before we make a decision about the parent's application.

    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

Changes to your circumstances

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB 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, date of birth and date of your application. If you know it, you should also include the number we gave you when you applied – this could be a 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 the visa application charge.

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