Remaining Relative Visa (SUBCLASS 115)

Remaining Relative Visa (SUBCLASS 115)

The Remaining Relative 115 visa is intended for individuals who are the only ones living in their native country after all of their close relatives have relocated to Australia.


When the application is submitted and the visa is approved, the applicants must be outside of Australia (offshore).

Benefits Of The 115 Visa

Being a Remaining Relative visa holder, you can:

  • Live in Australia as a permanent resident
  • Apply for Australian citizenship after fulfilling the criteria
  • Leave and re-enter Australia frequently for five years from the date visa is granted (once you complete five years, you need to apply for another visa to return to Australia)


Eligibility Criteria

You can apply for this visa if:

  • your and your partner’s near relatives live in Australia and they are Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident and/or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • an eligible near relative or their spouse (Must be at least 18 years old) is ready to sponsor you and all family members
  • have someone to provide you an assurance of support (a legal agreement to provide financial support)
  • you and the dependent family members meet health and character requirements

You Will Not Be Considered Eligible For This Visa If:

  • Your or your partner’s near relatives are unlawful, a holder of bridging visa and/or any temporary visa
  • Your sponsor or their partner was the holder of Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835 or 115), Preferential Family visa (subclass 104) or Family Visa (subclass 806) or sponsored someone on these visas.


Who Are Eligible Near Relatives?

A near relative living in Australia must be either your:

  • parent or your partner’s parent (biological or step parent)
  • Brother/sister
  • Stepbrother/stepsister
  • Child/stepchild who is 18 years of age or more and not dependent
  • Child/stepchild under 18 years of age who is not in your or your partner’s daily care and control


Health & Character Requirements

You and the dependent family members in the visa applications must:

  • Complete a medical examination and meet minimum requirement to pass medical exam
  • Obtain police clearance from each country (you and your family members) lived in for more than 12 months in the past ten years (Only required for adult applicants who are 18 years or older)


Debts To The Australian Government

You must be free from any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before the visa is granted.


Family Members To Include In The Visa Application

You can include following family members in your visa application:

  • Your Partner
  • Your or your partner child/step child

FAQs About Remaining Relative Visa (SUBCLASS 115)

The Remaining Relative Visa (SUBCLASS 115) is a permanent visa that allows individuals to move to Australia to be with their close family members who are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.

To be eligible for this visa, you must be sponsored by a relative who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. You must also not have any other close relatives outside Australia.

The cost of the Remaining Relative Visa (SUBCLASS 115) can vary and is subject to change. Additional charges may apply for dependents.

The processing time for this visa can vary depending on various factors such as the completeness of your application, the volume of applications received, and others. It’s advisable to check the official Australian immigration website for the most current information.t

Yes, you can include certain family members like your spouse or dependent children in your visa application.

The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. They must also be willing to provide financial and social support for the visa applicant for a specified period.

Yes, this is a permanent visa that allows you to live, work, and study in Australia indefinitely.

You must meet health and character requirements, and you should have no outstanding debts to the Australian government. You must also be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

Yes, being a permanent resident through the Remaining Relative Visa (SUBCLASS 115) allows you to apply for Australian citizenship, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

You can apply online through the official Australian immigration website. Make sure to gather all required documents and follow the application guidelines carefully.

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