Carer Visa (Subclass 116 and 836)

A carer visa (subclass 116 and 836) lets you stay in Australia permanently. It’s for people who want to help a relative in Australia who can’t get enough care from other places like family, welfare, hospitals, nursing, or community services. To qualify, the relative in Australia must either have a long-term medical condition that stops them from doing daily tasks or need assistance to care for 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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When applying for category 116 and receiving a visa, applicants must be outside of Australia. All family members listed on the visa application as dependents must likewise comply with this.

The candidates for subclass 836 must be in Australia both at the time of application submission and the visa’s issuance. All family members listed on the visa application as dependents must likewise comply with this.

Only if your relative is unable to receive the care or support they require from other relatives or from Australian hospitals, welfare agencies, nursing homes, or community services may you apply for this type of visa.

Why Choose the Carer Visa?

If you have a carer visa (116 or 836), you get these benefits:

  • Live in Australia permanently without any time limit
  • Apply for Australian citizenship if you qualify
  • Travel to and from Australia often for five years from when you get the visa


Requirements for Eligibility

For Visa Applicants:

  • You need to live in Australia to care for a relative with a long-term medical condition or assist a relative who needs practical support to care for their family member with a medical condition.
  • Your relative must be unable to get the care they need from any other relative, nursing, hospital, or welfare community in Australia.
  • You must genuinely be willing and capable of taking care of 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 live in the same household.

For Relatives:

  • You must be a resident of 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 Become a Sponsor for a Carer Visa?

To sponsor someone for a carer visa, follow these steps:


What You Need to Do as a Sponsor

Once your relative’s visa is approved, you must assist them and their family by offering:

  • Support
  • Accommodation
  • Help


Criteria for Medical Condition

The medical condition of the relative who needs care (for themselves or a family member) must meet 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 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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