Child Visa (Subclasses 101 & 802)


The Child Visa (Subclasses 101 & 802) stands as a pivotal pathway for dependent children to establish permanent residence in Australia alongside their parents.


Subclasses 101 & 802


There are two types of Child Visas:

  1. Subclass 101 (offshore)
  2. Subclass 802 (onshore).


Benefits & Privileges of the Child Visa


Educational Opportunities

One of the notable privileges associated with the Child Visa is the educational realm.

Child Visa holders gain access to the Australian education system, enabling them to enrol in schools and universities.

The inclusive nature of the visa facilitates educational growth, ensuring that children can seamlessly integrate into the Australian academic environment.


Health Care Access

In addition to the fundamental benefits of residing in Australia, Child Visa holders enjoy comprehensive access to Medicare, Australia’s public health care system.

This not only includes essential medical services but also encompasses preventive care, ensuring the well-being of the child and fostering a sense of security for their parents.


Employment Opportunities

As the Child Visa pathway permits work, children who transition into adulthood can pursue employment opportunities, contributing to the local economy.

This not only aids in the personal and professional development of the visa holder but also reinforces the principle of integration into Australian society.


Child Visa Requirements


Applicants must satisfy the following visa requirements to apply for the Child Visa:

  • Be dependent on their parent who is an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent visa holder,
  • Be sponsored by an eligible parent,
  • Be under 18 years old,
  • Have no partner,
  • Meet the health requirements,
  • Meet the character requirements (if aged 16 years or over),
  • Have consent to migrate to Australia,
  • Have no debt to the Australian government, and
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.

The following may also be eligible:

  • Adopted children,
  • Stepchildren,
  • Aged over 18 years of age with a disability, and
  • Aged over 18 and under 25 years and studying full-time.


Comparing the Subclass 101 & 802 Visas


Subclass 101 visa applicants must apply from overseas, while Subclass 802 visa applicants may apply while in Australia.


Child Visa Processing Times


Generally, the processing times for the Subclass 101 visa are between 8 months and 2 years, while the processing times for the Subclass 802 visa are between 8 months and 3 years.

However, there is no guarantee that the visa will be processed within these time frames.

A high-quality application will positively influence an application’s processing time.


Alternate Pathway: Australian Citizenship by Descent for Visa Applicants


Visa applicants may also be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship by descent instead of the Subclass 101 or 802, if eligible.


Contact Us


In conclusion, the Child Visa (Subclasses 101 & 802) opens doors to a new chapter of possibilities for families seeking permanent residence in Australia.

For personalised guidance and support, contact Bambrick Legal’s migration team today. Empower your family’s future by taking the first step towards securing a brighter tomorrow in Australia.

Please note: Our migration and citizenship consultations are provided on a fee basis.

Related Blog – Permanent Parent Visa (Subclass 103)

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