Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114 and 838)

Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114 and 838)

The Aged Dependent Relative Visa, available in Subclass 114 and Subclass 838, allows an older relative of an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen to permanently live in Australia. This visa is granted based on financial dependency and meeting specific age criteria.

The Subclass 114 Aged Dependent Relative Visa is designed for applicants who are outside Australia. Applicants must apply and receive the visa while they are offshore.

The Subclass 838 Aged Dependent Relative Visa is intended for applicants who are already in Australia. Applicants must apply and receive the visa while they are onshore.

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Advantages of Holding an Aged Dependent Relative Visa

As a holder of the aged dependent relative visa (subclass 114 and 838), you are entitled to:

  • Reside in Australia permanently
  • Seek Australian citizenship, subject to eligibility
  • Travel in and out of Australia for five years from the visa issuance date


Qualification Criteria

For Visa Candidates

  • You need to be sponsored by a family member or their spouse who resides in Australia
  • You should not be married or in a de facto relationship
  • You must fulfill the dependency and age criteria
  • You need someone to provide you with an assurance of support
  • You must satisfy both health and character standards

For Sponsors

  • You need to be 18 years old or older
  • You must be established in Australia as an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Australia


Sponsorship Responsibilities

As a sponsor, upon the arrival of your relative and their accompanying family members in Australia on this visa, you must ensure their:

  • Living accommodations
  • Economic support

If you are committed to providing assurance of support, you must assist your relative and their family for two years by:

  • Providing sufficient financial support to avoid the need for public financial aid

    Dependency Criteria

    To qualify as an aged dependent relative, you need to show evidence that you rely on your relative in Australia for basic necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing, or that a disability prevents you from being employed. It’s required that this support has been in place for at least three years prior to filing your application.


    Age Requirement

    You need to meet the age requirement for receiving an aged pension as specified in the Social Security Act 1991.


    Including Family Members in Your Visa Application

    You may add your child or stepchild to your visa application.


    Health and Character Requirements

    All applicants and their family members included in the visa application are required to:

    • Undergo medical examinations within 12 months prior to applying for the visa to satisfy health requirements
    • Obtain police certificates from every country where they have resided for 12 months or more during the last ten years


    Australian Values Statement

    You and your dependent family members must sign an Australian Values Statement, promising to respect the Australian way of life and follow its laws.

    Outstanding Debts

    You should not owe any money to the Australian government before your visa can be approved.
    DISCLAIMER: This information is for general understanding only and is not legal advice. For more details, consult a Registered Migration Agent or visit the Department of Home Affairs websites at and

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