This visa is for someone who needs to move to Australia to:
You must be willing to provide, or help provide, care to your relative.
Your relative must:
Global processing time for this visa is unavailable as applications are
capped or queued
For more information read
Global visa and citizenship processing times
You might be eligible for this visa if:
You can apply for this visa if the
relative who needs care or assistance is
usually resident 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Carer visa (subclass 116) 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:
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.
It lets you and any family members who have been granted this visa to:
More information on
Australian permanent residence, including eligibility for government services and benefits, is available.
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
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.
From AUD 1,625
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.
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.
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Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.
Your application must be made outside Australia and you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted. This also applies to all of your family members included as applicants for the visa.
This is a permanent visa.
You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:
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
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
Your sponsor must agree to support you for two years after you first arrive in Australia.
You can sponsor someone for this visa if you or a family member who lives with you:
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:
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 family members included in the visa application.
To sponsor someone to come to Australia to care for you or assist you, you must:
For two years after your relative(s) arrives in Australia, you must help them and their accompanying family members settle in Australia by providing (if necessary):
Use the following form if you want to change information you provided in your sponsorship application form:
The Australian Government limits the number of Carer visas it grants each year. See
Other Family Visa Queue for more information.
Your relative's medical condition (or that of a member of their family unit) must be
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.
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.
If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. In most cases, you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa.
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.
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.
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
You must pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when you make your application. You can pay by credit card, debit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Home Affairs.
You and anyone included as an applicant in your application must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.
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.
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:
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.
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.
If the visa is granted, you must be outside Australia when it is granted and we will let you know:
Usually you will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
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.
You can 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, 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.