Carer Visa (Subclass 116 and 836)

A carer visa (subclass 116 and 836) allows individuals to live in Australia permanently. This visa is for people who want to provide care or assistance to a relative in Australia who cannot get the care they need from other sources like family, welfare, hospitals, nursing, or community services. To be eligible, the relative in Australia must have either a long-term medical condition that prevents them from doing daily activities or need help to take care of a family member with a medical condition.

  • Has a long term medical condition and are unable to perform daily activities OR
  • Needs practical support in order to take care of their family member suffering from a medical condition

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The applicants for subclass 116 must be outside of Australia both at the time of application submission and the granting of the visa. This also holds true for every family member listed on the visa application as a dependent.

In order to be eligible for subclass 836, applicants must be in Australia both at the time of application submission and visa issuance. This also holds true for every family member listed on the visa application as a dependent.

Applying for this visa is only necessary if your relative is unable to receive the care or support they require from Australian hospitals, welfare agencies, nursing homes, or other family members.


Advantages of the Carer Visa

As a holder of a carer visa (116 or 836), you can:

  • Live in Australia permanently and indefinitely
  • Apply for Australian citizenship if you meet the criteria
  • Travel to and from Australia frequently for five years from the visa grant date


Eligibility Requirements

For Visa Applicants:

  • You must reside in Australia to care for a relative with a long-term medical condition or to assist a relative who needs practical support to care for their family member with a medical condition.
  • Your relative must be unable to receive the necessary care from any other relative, nursing, hospital, or welfare community in Australia.
  • You must genuinely be willing and capable of caring for or assisting your relative in Australia.
  • You and all dependent family members in the visa application must meet health and character requirements.
  • You must be sponsored by the relative (who requires care and assistance) or their partner.
  • If you are applying for this visa to assist your relative in caring for a family member, that relative and the family member in need of care must reside in the same household.

For Relatives:

  • You must be a resident in Australia.
  • You must be a partner, child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or step-equivalent of the visa applicant.
  • You must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen (whether you need care or assistance for your family member).

For Sponsors:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must be settled in Australia as an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • You must be the relative of the applicant who needs care (for themselves or a family member) or the spouse or de facto partner living in the same household with the relative in Australia.


How to Sponsor Someone on a Carer Visa?

To sponsor someone on a carer visa, you need to:


Responsibilities as a Sponsor

After your relative receives this visa, you must support them and their family by providing:

  • Help
  • Place to stay
  • Aid

Criteria for Medical Condition

The relative who needs care (for themselves or a family member) must have a medical condition that meets the following criteria:

  • The medical condition is long term or permanent
  • The care or assistance for the relative is required for at least 2 years
  • The medical condition has been assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services


Family Members in the Visa Application

You can include following members in the visa application

  • Your partner
  • Your or your partner’s child or step child


Health and Character Requirements

The applicant and all the accompanying family members must have

  • Medical examinations done within 12 months of lodging a visa application to meet health requirements
  • Police certificates from each country you lived in for 12 months or more in the past ten years (after you turned 16) to meet character requirements


Signs the Australian Values Statement

You must sign an Australian Values Statement (if you are more than 18 years of age) to assure that you will respect the Australian lifestyle and obey all the laws and regulations.


Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government before the visa is granted

DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is only for general understanding and does not constitute legal advice. We recommend consult our Registered Migration agent to get better idea like how to arrange an assessment with Bupa Medical Visa Services or completing the application forms.

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