Aged Dependent Relative Visa

These visas allow a single and pension-aged senior person, who is financially dependent on their Australian relative, to reside in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible, the applicants must be sponsored by their relatives who are approved as the sponsors by the Department of Home Affairs. A Subclass 114 visa can only be applied outside Australia, whereas a Subclass 838 visa accepts onshore applications.


Eligibility Criteria

The visa applicant must:

  • Be sponsored by an eligible relative or their partner who are approved by the Department and has lived in Australia for a reasonable length of time;
  • Have no partner;
  • Be over the pension age, that is 67 (as at 16 March 2020);

Be dependent on the relative in Australia for basic needs like food, shelter and clothing for at least 3 years before lodging the visa application.



Applicants for these subclasses must be related to the sponsoring relatives as their:

  • Spouse or de facto partner;
  • Parent, grandparent or step-grandparent;
  • Aunt, uncle, step-aunt or step-uncle;
  • Child, stepchild, grandchild or step-grandchild;
  • Sibling or step-sibling; or
  • Niece, nephew, step-niece or step-nephew.

If a partner of the eligible relative is sponsoring a visa applicant who falls in one of the above categories, the partner must be living with the relative.


Relevant Public Interest Criteria:

4001, 4002, 4003, 4003, 4004, 4005, 4009, 4010, 4020, 4021, 4019 (if applicable), 4017 and 4018 (if applicable)


Visa Conditions

There are no conditions associated with this subclass.


Aged Dependent Relative Visa Application Charges

Subclass 114 or 838 is payable in 2 instalments.

  • Base application charge: $4,990
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $2,495
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $1,250
  • Second instalment: $2,065


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