The Child Visa category is for the natural child, adopted child or stepchild of a sponsor who must be a citizen of Australia, holder of a permanent visa or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Where a child is overseas and was adopted after the sponsor became a permanent resident, they should apply under the Adopted Child category.
Note that a child can only be granted a permanent Child Visa on the basis of a step relationship in circumstances where:
- The child’s natural or adopted parent is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen; or
- The parent is no longer a spouse of the step parentand that step parent has been granted legal responsibility for the child by acourt.
Orphan Relative Category
The Orphan Relative Visa category is for a child under 18 years of age who has no parent to care for them.
The sponsor must be a relative who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
The Adoption category is for achild under 18 years of age who has been adopted or is in the process of beingadopted by their sponsor who must be an Australian citizen, holder of apermanent visa or eligible New Zealand citizen.
The adoption must be supported by a State/Territory adoption authority, unless the adoptive parent has beenresident overseas for a period of at least 12 months at the time of themigration application, and they can demonstrate their residence overseas wasnot contrived to deliberately bypass the requirements concerning entry ofadopted children.
Dependent Child (Temporary) Category
The Dependent Child (Temporary) Visa is a provisional visa which enables a dependent child (natural child, adopted child or step child) of a holder of a Provisional Partner Visa to travel to or remain in Australia for the same period as their parent.
Once this visa has been granted, the child can apply to be added to their parent’s Permanent Partner Visa application.
Qualifying for a Child Visa
There are a range of criteria you must be able to fulfill for your child to qualify for a visa to Australia.