Dependent children of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens can apply to join their parents permanently in Australia. Children should be the biological or stepchild of the sponsoring parent. Children adopted before the parent became an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen can also apply for a child visa. To be eligible, the child must be either
There are also specific visas available for adoption of children from overseas. For children adopted by Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen parents will need to apply for an Adoption visa. Please book a consultation with our registered migration agent if you have a child through adoption.
The sponsoring parent must also complete an application to be assessed by immigration. This application is to determine that the parent is an eligible citizen or resident and meets the character criteria to sponsor.
To be eligible for this program, the child must:
If your child is already over 18 years of age, additional assessments must be completed to determine their eligibility before proceeding with any application.
Further – if your child has been adopted since you became an Australian permanent resident or they were a simulated birth, this visa would not be the correct visa for your circumstances. If this applies to your circumstances, you should book a consultation with a Registered Migration Agent to discuss in greater detail.