Orphan Relative Subclass 837
Orphan Relative subclass 837
- This visa allows the child to live permanently in Australia with their sponsoring relative.â€‹ An Orphan Relative (subclass 837) visa is for a child whose parents are dead, permanently incapacitated or of unknown whereabouts. It allows a child in this situation to live permanently with their sponsoring relative in Australia. The sponsoring relative usually applies on behalf of the child, who must be inside Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is decided. The sponsoring relative must meet the parental responsibility or custody requirements.
To apply for this visa, a child must:
- be in Australia
- be younger than 18 years old
- be sponsored by their relative who is:
- the brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle or step-equivalent of the child
- older than 18 years of age
- an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
- not be married or in a de-facto relationship
- be in situation where their parents are unable to care for them
- Meet health and character requirements.
This is a permanent residence visa. It allows the child to:
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- apply for Australian citizenship (if they are eligible)
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted â€“ after that time they will need another visa to enter Australia.