Subclass 802 - Child Visa

Onshore Visa

About this visa

The Subclass 802 Child (Onshore) Visa is designed for children who are already in Australia and wish to live permanently with their parent(s) who are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens. This visa provides an opportunity for children to reunite with their parents in Australia and enjoy the benefits of Australian permanent residency.

Eligibility for Applicant

  • Age:
    1. Child under 18: No special requirements.
    2. Child aged 18-25: Eligible if financially dependent due to full-time study.
    3. Child aged 18+: Eligible if financially dependent due to a disability.
  • Relationship with sponsor
    1. Biological Child Relationship: The child is the biological child of the sponsor.
    2. Adopted Child Relationship: The child is legally adopted by the sponsor.
      • Adoption must be finalized before the child’s 18th birthday.
      • Adoption is valid whether it occurred before or after the parent’s Australian citizenship, permanent visa status, or New Zealand citizenship.
      • Post-citizenship or visa status adoptions must be:
        A. Intercountry adoptions involving Australian state/territory authority, or
        B. Intercountry adoptions under the Hague Adoption Convention between two countries, or
        C. Expatriate adoptions by Australians or New Zealand citizens living abroad for over 12 months if no Australian authority is involved.
      • Visit Intercountry Adoptions Australia for more information.
      • Seek legal advice in Australia and the child’s home country before expatriate adoptions due to potential risks.
    3. Stepchild Relationship: The child is the stepchild of the sponsor from a former partner.
      Stepchildren must be under 18 and the child of their step-parent’s former partner. The step-parent should have an Australian parenting order or legal guardianship of the child.
  • The child must be single.
  • Location:
    Applicants must be in Australia when applying for the visa.
  • Health and Character:
    Applicants must meet the health and character requirements as specified by the Australian government.
  • Debt to the Australian Government:
    Applicants must not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government

Eligibility for Sponsor

  • Age:
    18 years of age or older.
  • Be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Character:
    The sponsor must meet the character requirements as specified by the Australian government.

Stay Period

It’s permanent visa.


Visa Application Fee
Primary Applicant: AUD $3,055
Secondary Applicants  (18 and over) : AUD $1,530
Dependent Children (under 18) : AUD $765

The fee is subject to the latest pricing set by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Processing time

50% processed in 12 months
90% processed in 22 months

The Australian Department of Home Affairs handles visa applications, and it’s essential to provide all required documents with your application. Please note that incomplete applications may result in longer processing times than the estimated duration. Additionally, processing times are subject to change and should be used as a general reference only.


  • Work in Australia: Visa holders can work in Australia.
  • Study: Allows for further studies or course enrollment in Australia.
  • Family Sponsorship: Applicant can include dependent children in their visa application.
  • Access to Healthcare: Visa holders can access Medicare, Australia’s public healthcare scheme, which provides essential medical services.
  • Multiple Entries: Enjoy multiple entries to and exits from Australia for a period of up to five years, allowing for flexibility in travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Subclass 802 Child Visa?
A: The Subclass 802 Child Visa allows children inside Australia to stay permanently with their parents who are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.

Q: Who is eligible for the Subclass 802 visa?
A: Children under 18 years, dependent children aged 18 to 25, or children with a disability, whose parents are settled in Australia.

Q: What are the key requirements for the Subclass 802 visa?
A: The child must be sponsored by their parent, meet health and character requirements, and be single and dependent on the sponsoring parent.

Q: Can adopted children apply for the Subclass 802 visa?
A: Yes, adopted children can apply if their adoption is recognized under Australian law.

Q: Is there an age limit for applicants of the Subclass 802 visa?
A: Primary applicants should be under 18, but there are exceptions for dependent children aged 18 to 25 and children with a disability.

Q: How long does processing a Subclass 802 visa take?
A: Processing times vary; applicants should check the current times on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Q: What are the health requirements for this visa?
A: Applicants must meet certain health standards, which may include health examinations.

Q: What is the cost of applying for the Subclass 802 visa?
A: The visa fees vary and are subject to change; it’s best to check the latest fees on the official website.

Q: Can the child travel outside Australia on the Subclass 802 visa?
A: Yes, after the visa is granted, the child can travel in and out of Australia.

Q: What if the child’s circumstances change during the application process?
A: Any significant changes, such as changes in marital status or dependency, should be reported to the Department of Home Affairs.