Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114 and 838)

Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114 and 838)

This visa type, encompassing Subclass 114 and Subclass 838, is for older relatives who rely financially on an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. It permits them to settle in Australia permanently, provided they satisfy the age-related requirements.

Subclass 114 is an offshore aged dependent relative visa, necessitating that the applicant be outside Australia both when they apply and when the visa is granted.

Subclass 838 is an onshore aged dependent relative visa, requiring the applicant to be within Australia both during the application process and at the time of visa issuance.

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Perks of the Aged Dependent Relative Visa

With the aged dependent relative visa (subclass 114 and 838), you have the ability to:

  • Live in Australia indefinitely
  • Qualify for Australian citizenship (if you meet the criteria)
  • Leave and return to Australia multiple times over five years from when your visa is approved


Requirements for Eligibility

For Visa Applicants

  • A relative or their partner living in Australia must sponsor you
  • You should not have a partner or be married
  • You need to meet the necessary age and dependency conditions
  • An assurance of support is required from a supporter
  • You must comply with health and character standards

For Sponsors

  • You should be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be settled in Australia and be an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • You should be commonly resident in Australia


Responsibilities of a Sponsor

As a sponsor, when your relative and their family members arrive in Australia with this visa, you are responsible for their:

  • Housing
  • Financial support

If you are also providing an assurance of support, you need to help your relative and their family for two years by:

  • Ensuring financial stability so they do not need to use government welfare benefits
  • Reimbursing the Australian Government for any welfare benefits they may receive
  • Depositing a refundable bond before the visa is issued


Support Requirements for Aged Dependents

As an aged dependent relative, you are required to provide evidence of your dependence on an Australian relative for essential needs like food, housing, and clothing, or proof of a disability that keeps you from working. You must also prove that you have been supported in this way for a minimum of three years before submitting your application.

Age Eligibility

You must reach the qualifying age for an aged pension according to the Social Security Act 1991.

Adding Family to Your Visa Application

Your child or stepchild can be included in your visa application.

Health and Character Requirements

Every member of your family included in the visa application must:

  • Complete medical checks within one year before the visa application to meet health standards
  • Provide police clearances from each country lived in for 12 months or more over the past decade


Australian Values Statement

You and your family members must sign an Australian Values Statement, agreeing to respect the Australian lifestyle and abide by its laws.

Repayment of Government Debts

You must not have any unpaid debts to the Australian government for your visa to be granted.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for general understanding only and should not be considered legal advice. For more information, consult a Registered Migration Agent or visit the Department of Home Affairs websites at and

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