Child Visa – Subclass 101(overseas) & 802 (onshore)
April 15, 2020

About Child Visas  

Child visas are permanent visas available only for a child/adopted child/stepchild of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. 


What Are My Options?  

  1. Subclass 101 (Offshore)  
    A subclass 101 is given to a child whose parent sponsors them to live in Australia as a permanent resident. The parent’s partner can also be the sponsor of this type of visa. 

To qualify for this visa, the following requirements must be met:  

The child must be:  
Younger that 18 years old 
Living outside Australia  

The sponsor must be:  
An Australian citizen
An Australian permanent resident visa holder, or
An eligible New Zealand citizen 


     2. Subclass 802 (Onshore)  
A subclass 802 is given to a child by an eligible parent sponsor to live in Australia indefinitely. This is the same with a subclass 101 visa, but for the 802, a child must be in Australia. The child must also be younger than 18 years old. 

To qualify for this visa, a child must be:  

  • Living inside Australia when applying for the visa 
  • Is sponsored by his or her parent or parent’s partner.  
  • Younger than 18 years old 
  • Must be single  

If older than 18 years old, the following applies:  

  • Must be a full-time student between 18 to 25 years old  
  • 18 years old or older but has a disability that renders the child unable to work, thus being a dependent on the sponsoring parent. 


    3. Subclass 102
This visa is given to an overseas adopted child to live with his or her adoptive parents in Australia. The child can be either already adopted or in the process of being adopted. 

To qualify for this visa, the following requirements must be met: 

  • The child must be:  
  • Younger that 18 years old  
  • Living outside Australia  
  • Already adopted or in the process of being adopted by sponsor parent  

The sponsor must be:  

  • an Australian citizen 
  • An Australian permanent resident visa holder, or 
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen 


What Are My Benefits?  

  • Indefinitely stay in Australia 
  • Work and study in Australia  
  • Eligible to Medicare  
  • Become a sponsor for eligible relatives for permanent residency  
  • travel to and from Australia for five years upon the date of the visa grant. After that, another Australian visa must be acquired.   


Our Process  

Step 1: Book Your Consultation 
The first essential step in your migration process is to book a consultation. This is the stage where we identify the best and most suitable pathway for your circumstances. 

Step 2: Personalized Migration Action Plan (MAP) 
After attending a consultation with us, we will provide you with a personalized MAP. This includes a checklist where we tell you how to prepare relevant documents and samples if necessary.  

Step 3: Collection, Review, and Drafting 
An application is not just about the submission of documents – it also includes the process of reviewing the documents to make sure that they are up to standard. What we mean by this is to ensure that every piece of documentation that we submit has been carefully reviewed by our migration specialists based on the standard of the Department of Immigration.  

Step 4: Lodgment and Submission 
Here at Think Visa, we prepare what we like to call, Decision Ready Applications. This means that applications prepared by us are not only of high standard but also organized in a manner that is easy for the case officer to decide on and therefore significantly reducing processing time for you. There are circumstances that might require you to provide additional information in which we try to anticipate beforehand. 



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