Orphan Relative Visa – Subclass 117 (overseas) & Subclass 837 (onshore)
April 15, 2020

 About Orphan Relative Visa  

The Orphan Relative visa is a permanent visa intended for a child to live in Australia with an eligible relative because his/her parents are dead, unable to take care of him/her, or cannot be found.  


What Are My Options?  

  • Subclass 117 

Applicant must be residing outside Australian when lodging application, and when visa is granted.  

  • Subclass 837 

Applicant must be residing inside Australian when lodging application, and when visa is granted. He/she must hold a valid visa when the application is submitted. 


Am I Eligible?  

A child may be qualified for this visa if he/she meets the following requirements:  

  • Child’s parents are dead, unable to support him/her, or cannot be found. 
  • Under 18 years old. Certain exemptions to age limit apply if requirements are met. 


The child must be any of the following to the sponsor:  

  • Brother 
  • Sister 
  • Grandchild 
  • Nephew/niece 


A sponsor must meet the following requirements: 

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. 
  • The child’s brother, sister, grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew 
  • Resides in Australia for at least 2 years. 
  • 18 years old or older. 


What Are My Benefits?  

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely  
  • Work and study rights  
  • Enroll in public healthcare scheme (Medicare) 
  • Australian citizenship pathway (if requirements are met) 
  • Sponsor eligible relatives 


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. 


For questions, email us at support@thinkvisa.com.au


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