Subclass 115 Visa
The Remaining Relative Australian Visa is a part of the Australian Family Stream migration programme. It is an Australian Permanent Residence Visa designed to allow a remaining relative of an Australian citizen or permanent resident to migrate to Australia to join his/her family.
Australia's Remaining Relative Category
To be eligible under this category the applicant must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The sponsorship cannot be approved if the sponsor has previously sponsored/nominated a person who has subsequently been granted a visa on the basis of being a remaining relative, or was granted a visa on the basis of being a remaining relative.
An Australian Remaining Relative Visa application may cover a family unit, i.e. a main applicant and, if applicable, spouse and dependants. The spouse is the person that the applicant lives with as husband or wife, either legally married or in a de facto (common law) relationship. A dependant child may be a natural child, adopted child or a step-child.
If you apply from outside Australia, you will be applying to migrate. If you are applying in Australia you will be applying for permanent residence.
Visa Processing Time
The processing time for migration to Australia under the category of remaining relative is from 6 to 9 months.
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Requirements for Acquiring the Australian Remaining Relative Visa
The Australian Remaining Relative Visa is designed to enable Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens, (who are usually resident and settled in Australia), to sponsor a remaining relative to migrate to Australia.
Generally, you will be eligible to apply for a Remaining Relative Visa for Australia if:
- You have no close family ties outside Australia, and
- You are the brother, sister, child or equivalent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled and usually resident in Australia; and
- Your relative in Australia is aged over 18, and
- You and/or your spouse do not have any near relative (other than a near relative who is usually resident in Australia AND either an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen), and
You are sponsored by a near relative who:
- is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen;
- was not granted a visa on the basis of being a remaining relative;
- hasn't previously sponsored/nominated a remaining relative.
You have an approved Assurance of Support - the assuror need not to be the same person as the visa sponsor and should be:
- an adult Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen;
- a usual resident in Australia;
- financially capable of supporting the sponsored persons including covering necessary social security payments if such payments were made to the persons under the assurance;
You meet the Health and Character requirements of Australian Immigration. This will require you to:
- Undergo a medical examination and chest X-ray undertaken by one of a panel of doctors selected by the Australian authorities
- Obtain police certificates for all countries in which you have lived for more than 12 months in the 10 years leading up to the application.
If you are a child under 18, who was adopted overseas by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, your adoptive parent must have spent the required 12 months living overseas prior to the adoption visa application.
A near relative is someone who is:
- a parent, brother or sister, or
- a minor child who is not in your daily care and control, or
- an adult child over 18 who is not dependent on you, or
- step equivalents of the above.
Note: Medical/x-ray, police good conduct/character certificates and Assurance of support forms must be provided upon request by the relevant authorities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a sponsorship?
Are there any age restrictions on my Australian Visa sponsor?
Can I be sponsored by my relative’s cohabiting spouse instead of by my relative?
Can a child 18 years or older be covered by a Remaining Relative Visa application as a dependant?
What is an eligible New Zealand citizen?
What is Assurance of Support?
How do I organise the Assurance of Support?
The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs will send you a letter advising that you need to obtain an Assurance of Support.
You must forward this letter to your potential assurer. The Assurance of Support should be organised by your assurer with Centrelink. Your assurer will be assessed whether he/she is capable to provide an Assurance of Support and will be advised of the requirements he/she should meet. Once the Assurance of Support is finalised Centrelink will advise both the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and the assurer.
Are there any limitations on my assurer?
The person giving Assurance of Support must be:
- An adult (over 18) Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen;
- Usually resident in Australia; and
- Financially able to support the sponsored person or persons and repay certain social security payments should they be made to the person(s) covered by the assurance.
Who needs to meet the health requirements?
Do I need to submit originals with my application?
What is a ‘certified copy’?
Do I need to get all my documents translated into English?
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