Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)

Features

This visa allows someone in 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 members of your family unit included as applicants in your application
  • you have someone who will provide an assurance of support
  • you and members of your family unit meet health and character requirements.
  • When you might not be eligible for this visa

    You should not apply for this visa unless you believe you are likely to be successful, as the visa application charge you pay will not usually be refunded if you withdraw your application or it is refused.

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 members of the family unit included as applicants in your application.

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 older than 18 years of age, 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 835) is a permanent visa for people who want to live in Australia to be with their only near relatives.

What this visa lets you do

    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 3945

    You might have to pay additional costs:
  • additional applicant charge 18 and over
  • additional applicant charge under 18

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

Visa pricing estimator

Note: The estimator does not calculate the second instalment or additional costs.

Location

Your application must be made in Australia and you must be in Australia at that time.

You must be in Australia when the visa is granted.

This applies to all applicants for the visa.

How long your visa lasts

This is a permanent 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 jointly provide an assurance of support for you.

An assurer must be prepared to provide a bank guarantee. This will involve the assurer depositing money with the bank to cover the value of the bank guarantee.

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 can be found at the Department of Human Services

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all Australian laws.

Sponsors

Who can sponsor a family member

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.

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

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 following grant of this visa.

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:
  • the laws of the child’s home country permit the removal of the child
  • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
  • Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
  • Preferential Relative visa (subclass 104) (now closed to new applicants)
  • Family visa (subclass 806) (now closed to new applicants).

How to sponsor

Complete the following form and lodge it with the visa application:

Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251KB 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 (251KB PDF).

Sponsorship obligations

For two years after your relative(s) is granted this visa in Australia, you must continue to help them and their accompanying family members settle in Australia by providing (if necessary):

  • support
  • accommodation
  • financial assistance.

Assurance of support Report

Report changes in circumstances

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Other Family Visa Queue

    The Australian Government limits the number of Aged Dependent Relative visas (subclass 114) 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

    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.

    Your application could be delayed if you do not lodge complete forms and relevant documents to prove your claims.

    Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

  3. Apply

    Apply for the visa

    Lodge all the forms together. Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when you apply.

    Send your completed forms by post or courier to the relevant address on application form 47OF.

    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

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

    Wait for a decision

    We assess applications for this visa in the order in which they are lodged, subject to the Other Family Visa Queue and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions.


    There is high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queuing arrangements. This means your application is considered in two stages.

    When you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

    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) (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.

    Visa decision

    If the visa is granted, we will send you a letter or email to tell you:

    • More information is available in the Tell us more tab.
    • the visa grant number.

    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)
    • the time limit for lodging a request for review of the decision (if applicable).

    Provide biometrics

    You 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

Changes to your circumstances

    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. 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.

Withdrawing your 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 the visa application charge.

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