Orphan Relative Visa (Subclass 117 and 837)

Orphan Relative Visa is a permanent residence visa that allows the child to live their life with eligible relative. Child can be in or outside Australia when applying this visa.

The 837 and 117 visas will enable a child to live in Australia with an sponsoring relative. The term ‘orphan’ is referred to children whose parents are legally unable to provide the necessary care for their child. If you are seeking to apply for the subclass 837 visa, the child must be in Australia at the time of the application’s submission. Alternatively, if the child is outside Australia the subclass 117 visa would be a more suitable option.

The orphan relative visa has two subclasses:

  • Subclass 117 (offshore)
  • Subclass 837 (onshore) 

These visas will let a child who is ‘orphaned’ to live with a relative in Australia if their parents are dead, incapacitated or unable to be found.

What can a child do with visa (subclass 117 and 837)?

  • move to or stay in Australia as a permanent resident
  • sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship if eligible

What are the requirements of orphan relative visa?

To be eligible for this visa the child must:

  • Have an approved sponsor who is a sibling or step-sibling, grandparent or step-grandparent, aunt, uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle. The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or holder of an Australian permanent visa
  • the sponsor must provide adequate accommodation and enough financial support to meet the child’s reasonable living needs for their first 2 years in Australia
  • be under 18 years of age
  • be single and with no parent to care for them

If the child is applying for an onshore visa subclass 837

  • be in Australia when the application is made and when the visa is granted
See also  Child Visa (Offshore) 101

If the child is applying for the offshore visa subclass 117

  • be outside Australia when the application is made and when the visa is granted

There are still more eligibility criteria for all these visas. So, if you would like if you meet the requirements book a consultation session and we will assess your eligibility and help you with the visa process.




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