Carer Visa (SUBCLASS 116 AND 836)

Carer Visa (SUBCLASS 116 AND 836)

With a carer visa (subclass 116 and 836), a person can reside permanently in Australia and help their family members who are unable to get the necessary care and support from other family members, welfare, hospitals, nursing homes, or community services in Australia.


  • Possesses a chronic illness that prevents them from carrying out daily tasks
  • Requires practical assistance to care for a family member who is ill

For subclass 116, the applicants must be outside of Australia while lodging an application and when visa is granted. This is also applicable to all the family members included as dependents in the visa application.

For subclass 836, the applicants must be in Australia while lodging an application and when the visa is granted. This is also applicable to all the family members included as dependents in the visa application.

You must only apply for this visa if your relative is unable to get the care or support they need from any other relative or from hospital, welfare, nursing community services in Australia.


Benefits Of The Carer Visa

Being a carer visa holder (116 or 836), you can:

  • Live in Australia as a permanent resident for indefinite period
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (if eligible)
  • Leave and revisit Australia frequently for five years from the date of visa grant
Eligibility Criteria

For Visa Applicants

  • You must live in Australia to provide care for a relative with long term medical condition or assist relative who needs practical support to provide care to their family member with a medical condition
  • Your relative is not able to get the care they need from any other relative or from nursing, hospital, welfare community in Australia
  • You must genuinely be willing and efficient enough to take care or assist your relative in Australia
  • You and all the 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 for taking care of the family member, that relative and the family member who needs care must be living in the same house.


For Relatives

  • You must be a usually resident in Australia
  • You must be either partner, child, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew (or step-equivalent) of the visa applicant
  • You must be either an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible NewZealand citizen (whether you need care or assistance for your family member


For Sponsors

  • You must be at least 18 years old or more
  • You must be settled in Australia as an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an 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 who is living in the same house with relative in Australia


How to be a sponsor on Carer Visa?

To sponsor someone on carer visa, you must:


Sponsorship Obligations

Once your relative is granted this visa, you must help him/her and the accompanying family members by providing necessary:

  • Support
  • Accommodation
  • Assistance


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.

FAQs About Carer Visa (Subclass 116 and 836)

The Carer Visa (Subclass 116 and 836) is designed for individuals who wish to move to Australia to provide substantial and continuing care or assistance to an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen who has a long-term medical condition or disability.

Subclass 116 is for applicants who are outside Australia at the time of application, while Subclass 836 is for those who are already in Australia.

You are financially backed by a family member or a member of your relative’s family who needs assistance and care. You have the ability to offer sufficient care to your family member, and you possess a valid visa other than a 771 transit visa, which is a requirement for applying for a Subclass 836.

There are no specific financial requirements, but you must be able to demonstrate that you can financially support yourself and any dependents while in Australia.

Processing times can vary, but it generally takes around 12 to 24 months for a decision to be made on your application.

Yes, you can include certain family members in your application, such as your partner and dependent children.

You must meet certain health requirements, which usually involve undergoing a medical examination.

The Carer Visa is a permanent visa, meaning it allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely.

Yes, after fulfilling the residency requirements, you can apply for Australian citizenship.

If your application is refused, you have the right to appeal the decision within a specific timeframe.

You can apply online through the Department of Home Affairs website or by submitting a paper application.

The visa application charges can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website and are subject to change.

Yes, you can travel outside Australia and return, but you must comply with the visa conditions.

No, there is no English language requirement for the Carer Visa, but good English skills can be beneficial.

If the person you are caring for passes away, your visa may be subject to cancellation. It’s essential to consult with immigration authorities in such cases.

Yes, you can apply for a different visa type if you meet the eligibility criteria for that visa.

For more information, you can visit the Department of Home Affairs website or consult with our consultants at Destination Education and Visa Services

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