Carer visa (subclass 836)

Features

This visa is for someone in Australia who needs one of the following:

  • to care for a relative in Australia with a long-term or permanent medical condition
  • to assist a relative providing this care to a member of their family unit with a long-term or permanent medical condition.

Eligibility

You must be willing to provide, or help provide, care to your relative.

Your relative must:

  • have been assessed as needing care or have arranged an assessment with a designated health service provider
  • not be able to get the care they need from another source in Australia
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Length of stay

Permanently

Cost

From AUD
1,625

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:

  • you need to stay in Australia to:
    • care for a relative in Australia with a long-term medical condition, or
    • assist a relative in providing this care to a member of their family unit living in their household.
  • your relative (or their family member) has their medical condition assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services as being one which significantly affects them in attending to the practical aspects of daily life and which will need direct care for at least two years
  • your relative cannot reasonably get the care they need from any other relative in Australia or from welfare, hospital or nursing community services in Australia
  • you are willing and able to provide substantial and continuing assistance. You should fully understand what kind of care or assistance your relative needs
  • your relative or their partner can sponsor you
  • you and members of your family unit meet health and character requirements.

Your relative in Australia (sponsor)

You can apply for this visa if the relative who needs care or assistance is usually resident and settled in Australia. The relative must be your partner, child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew (or step-equivalent).

Both this relative (and the member of their family who needs care, where applicable) must be either:

If you are applying for this visa so you can assist your relative care for a member of their family, they must both live in the same house.

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 the application who are 16 years of age or older whether they are migrating or not.

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

A Carer visa (subclass 836) is a permanent visa for people who want to live in Australia to provide substantial and continuing care or assistance for a relative who either:

  • has a long-term medical condition that means they cannot look after themselves in practical aspects of daily life, or
  • needs permanent or long-term practical support to help them care for a member of their family in their household with such a medical condition.

The relative must not be able to reasonably obtain the care they need from any other relative or from welfare, hospital, nursing or community services in Australia.

What this visa lets you do

It lets you and any family members who have been granted this visa:

  • 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.

More information on Australian permanent residence, including eligibility for government services and benefits, is available.

Processing arrangements

There is high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places. We process applications in the order in which they are lodged.

Carer visa applications are subject to Capping and queuing arrangements and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions. This means your application is considered in two stages.

Do not make arrangements to move to Australia. Do not leave your employment, sell your home or book travel arrangements until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.

Cost

From AUD 1625

The application charge for this visa is paid in two instalments. The first instalment is paid when the application is lodged. Payment of the second instalment will be requested just before the visa is granted.

You can ask to be considered for the second instalment to be reduced to nil if you are the carer and you can demonstrate that the charge is likely to cause you or the person being cared for severe financial hardship. You should ask in writing. You cannot ask for a reduction of the second instalment for other family members who are included in your application.

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 when 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 in Australia and you must be in Australia at that time. You must be in Australia when the visa is granted. This also applies to all members of your family unit included as 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.

Your obligations

You must comply with all Australian laws.

Your sponsor must agree to support you for two years after the visa is granted.

Sponsors

Who can sponsor a carer

You can sponsor someone for this visa if you or a family member who lives with you:

  • needs someone to care for either of you because of a long-term medical condition, and
  • you cannot reasonably obtain the care or assistance you need from any of your other relatives in Australia or from other services, such as welfare, a hospital, nurses, or community services in Australia.

You must show that you have tried to access all care options that are available in Australia before you decide to sponsor someone for this visa.

To be a sponsor, you must be:

  • a relative of the person applying for this visa, or be the partner of the relative
  • 18 years of age or older
  • settled and usually resident in Australia
  • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

You must sign an undertaking (an agreement) to give support, accommodation and financial assistance (if needed) for the first two years after the person applying for this visa arrives in Australia. This agreement includes any member of your family unit included in the visa application.

Applying to be a sponsor

To sponsor someone to come to Australia to care for you or assist you, you must:

  • complete Form 40 - Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB PDF)
  • give the completed form to your relative to lodge with their visa application.

Sponsor 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

Use the following form if you want to change information you provided in your sponsorship application form:

  • Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99 kB PDF) — if you want to correct information you provided in your visa application

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Other Family Visa Queue

    The Australian Government limits the number of Carer visas it grants each year. See Other Family Visa Queue for more information.

    Medical assessment of the person needing care

    Your relative's medical condition (or that of a member of their family unit) must be assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services before we can make a decision about your visa application.

    Your application cannot be accepted unless you provide evidence that you or your relative have at least arranged to start the Bupa Medical Visa Services assessment process.

    Your sponsor

    To apply for this visa, you need a sponsor. This person must be the relative who needs the care or assistance, or their partner. They must sign an undertaking (an agreement) to give you support, accommodation and financial assistance (if you need it) for two years after you first arrive in Australia. This agreement includes any family members you include in your application.

    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.

    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

    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

    Send your completed forms by post or courier to the relevant address on application form 47OF.
    Email enquiry form: Child and Other Family Processing Centre Enquiry Form

    You must pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when you make your application. You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    You and anyone included as an applicant in your application must be in Australia when the application is made and the visa is granted.

    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.

    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.

    We will also tell you when to have your health and character checks.

    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.

    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. More information is available at Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program.

    Tell us of changes

    Tell us if your circumstances change after you have applied for this visa. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

    More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.

Tell us of changes

Changes to your circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change after you have applied for this visa. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB PDF) — if either of you moves 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.

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.

Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter. We will not usually refund the visa application charge.

You can remove one or more applicants and still continue with your visa application. Let us know in writing if you wish to do this. Include the signature of the person you are removing from your application if they are 18 years or older.

Estimate the cost of your visa

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