Emigrating to Australia with Children

Australian Visas for Children

There are two main visas for children one is applicable if the child is offshore (101) while the (102) is for those onshore. Ultimately, they both do the same job. The qualifying criteria and the application process are equally similar. While a child must be single they can include their own dependants in their visa application.

Educational costs:

Several temporary visa classes which lead to permanent residency may require the parents to make a contribution towards the child educational costs until they receive permanent residency. The financial contribution will be determined by the local education authority within the state the child resides.

To be a dependant child

Sponsoring a child

Parents, Stepparents and adoptive parents can all sponsor a child. 

Additional qualifying criteria

In cases where the child is from a previous relationship and the other parent is opposed to the child emigrating, a Court order may be required before Australia will consider the case. 

The Australian immigration system has created what is called measures for the protection of the child. It documents things that are assessed to grant this visa as this visa will not usually be granted if it is against the best interests of a child younger than 18 years of age.

This standard visa requirement must be fulfilled for Child Visas too. If your child is over the age of 16 they must show that they are of good character like any other visa applicant. This is proven through police certificates.

They will also need to undergo a medical examination and possibly a chest x-ray. The examination will need to be conducted by a panel of doctors selected by the Australian authorities to ensure that the examination is thorough and complies with the Australian standards.

The Child Visa for Australia typically takes from a few months up to 2 years to process if they are not included in the main application on submission.

Flexibility & Control

Each year, the Australian federal and state governments review the 188 visa programme to ensure it delivers the best possible outcomes for Australia. Where deemed necessary changes are introduced without advanced notice. State governments open and close the investor visa stream within their respective jurisdictions as deem necessary to meet the local economic objectives.

That said, once an investor secures an invitation to emigrate (State Nomination), any future changes to the emigration policy will not affect their case.