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Subclass 101 visa – a great opportunity to sponsor your child to Australia

The target for the group of visas to sponsor children to Australia last year (2022) was expected to be 3,000 visas. So how many slots are there for the Australian Subclass 101 visa? What can a Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) member do to help your family increase their chances of visa success? The answer is waiting for you to discover!



What is a Subclass 101 visa?

A Child visa – Subclass 101 is a permanent visa that allows a child living outside Australia to immigrate to Australia and live with their parents. A parent must be suitable to sponsor: an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand.


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What is a Subclass 101 visa?


Benefits of holding a Subclass 101

A Subclass 101 visa belongs to the Family visas. Therefore, applicants can receive these wonderful benefits from this visa.


Residence benefits
    • Stay in Australia permanently.
    • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.
Free entries benefits
    • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the visa is granted. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.
    • Applicant will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
Social security benefits
    • Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare.
    • Receive a social welfare allowance.
Education benefits

Have full study and work rights.

Sponsor family member benefits

Can sponsor another eligible family member.


Many Australian Subclass 101 visa holders do not take full advantage of those benefits. Surprisingly, the reason is that the family does not understand all those rights. This is a very unfortunate thing.


That’s why you should contact VEM! VEM consultants have enough knowledge and experience to answer all your questions which will help you make the most of your benefits.


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Benefits of a Child Visa


Requirements of a Child visa – Subclass 101

The sponsor and the applicant need to meet these following requirements in order to receive a Subclass 101 visa grant.


For the sponsor and the applicantRelationship

The applicant (the child) can be a biological, adopted or stepchild of the sponsor. Depending on the relationship, the Subclass 101 visa requirements will change. Specifically:

If the applicant is an adopted child:

    • At the time of adoption: the applicant must be under 18 years of age.
    • At that time, the sponsor has not become an Australian citizen/permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.
    • In case both of the above criterias are not met, the applicant will still be able to sponsor to Australia if the family chooses the Subclass 102 visa

If the applicant is a stepchild:

    • The child must be under 18 years of age at the time of application.
    • The guarantor (stepfather or stepmother) must prove that he/she has custody/guardian rights of the child.
HealthMeet the health requirements of the Australian Government.
For the sponsorNationalityMust be An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
AgeAt least 18 years old.

Both the sponsor and their partner must meet the following conditions:

    • The debt has been paid to the Australian Government prior to application (if applicable).
    • No criminal record, criminal record or convictions for child abuse.
    • A confirmation from the Australian Federal National Police or from an overseas police officer (depending on the circumstances) is required.
For the applicantAge

The child needs to be in one of the following cases:

    • Under 18 years old.
    • 18 to under 25 years old: the applicant is a full-time student and financially dependent on his or her parents (up to the time of the Subclass 101 visa grant).
WorkMust not work full-time.
Where to lodge the visaOffshore
Where to receive the visa

Due to travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 epidemic, on February 1, 2020, the Australian Government temporarily applied a preferential policy for Australian visa applicants including those who apply for a Subclass 101 visa.

Accordingly, Subclass visa 101 applicants can receive visas inside or outside Australia. But receiving a visa in Australia is only applicable from February 27, 2021 and for the following cases:

    • The applicant is in Australia during the time Australia applies the preferential policy (no official information on the duration of this policy is available).
    • Submitted an application before the offer period ended.


If you choose this visa, your family should contact VEM soon! VEM’s migration consultant (Mr. Phong Cao) will help the family consider the eligibility for an Australian Subclass 101 visa.

With more than 10 years of experience in Australian migration, he can surely assist you and your family in a Subclass 101 visa process.

Step-by-step of a Subclass 101 visa

The Australian subclass 101 visa application process includes 7 steps:

  • Step 1: Check the eligibility of the applicant and the sponsor.
  • Step 2: Prepare necessary documents and documents.
  • Step 3: Submit the application and visa fee
  • Step 4: The DHA receives the application.
  • Step 5: The application is processed.
  • Step 6: The DHA requests additional documents (if necessary).
  • Step 7: The Australian Government issues the Subclass 101 visa grant to the applicant.


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Process of a Child visa


Once you know the route to apply for a Subclass 101 visa, you should apply for the visa on your own or you can use the services of a consulting company.

The Australian Government advises that, if using the help of a consultant, you should choose the services of a consultant licensed by the Australian Government (MARA). Because these people are obliged to advise in accordance with Australian Migration law and they are under the management of MARA.

VEM’s consultant (Mr. Phong Cao) has been licensed by the Australian Government (MARA: 1577877). So with VEM’s assistance, your family’s chances of successfully applying for a Subclass 101 visa will be wider!

What does the Australian Subclass 101 visa application include?

The DHA always encourages applicants to submit an accurate, complete and thorough application in terms of both documentation and translation. This helps the application reviewers save a lot of time for processing.

A good Subclass 101 visa application file must include the following basic documents and documents:


Identification papers
    • Copies of your certified passport (within a 6-month period starting from the beginning of your visa application).
    • 4 card images (45mm x 35mm)
    • ID card.
    • Proof that you’ve changed name before (if any).

Fill out Form 1229 (if applicant is under 18 years of age). VEM clients will receive detailed instructions on how to do this.

Proof of your relationship
    • Copies of certified household registration book.
    • Copies of certified marriage certificate (if any).
    • Copies of your certified birth certificate.
    • Proof that the applicant has been adopted by the sponsor (if any).
Proof that you meet the health and character requirements

If you are 16 years of age or older, you must demonstrate that you meet the health and character requirements required by the Australian Government. You can contact VEM for an Australian immigration consultant to guide you on how to do the paperwork.

Financial proof
    • If you are over 18 years of age at the time of application, you will need to submit proof of your complete financial dependence on your parents such as: the applicant is provided by the guarantor with food, accommodation, clothing, tuition fees, etc. within a specific time.
    • Acceptable proofs include: bank statements, remittance receipts, rental receipts, etc.


If you are not confident about your documents, please contact VEM’s professional consultant Mr Phong Cao – member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) for support.

Members of the MIA are always the first to be notified when the Australian Migration Laws change.

Processing times of a Subclass 101 visa in 2023

In the group of visas to sponsor children, the processing time for a Subclass 101 visa is considered to be longer than that of a Subclass 102 visa.


75% of the applications18 months
90% of the applications29 months


Cost of a Child visa – Subclass 101 in 2023

Check out the most accurate Subclass 101 visa fee in 2023 in the table below:


The amount of money (AUD)
For the visa applicant2,790
For the accompany member
    • Over 18 years old: 1,395
    • Under 18 years old: 700

 Note: The 114 visa fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.


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Cost of a Child visa


There are also other costs for health and police checks.

Responsibilities of sponsors after the Subclass 101 visa grant

After being granted a Subclass 101 visa, the applicant’s family must fulfill its obligations. Specifically:

  • The sponsor is responsible for sponsoring the children when they are granted a visa.
  • Parents must provide: accommodation, financial support for the child in the first 2 years of the visa period, even though the child is over 18 years old.
  • Provide information and guidance for children to settle in Australia.
  • Fully perform other obligations as required by the sponsorship commitment.

If the above information is not clear, the family should contact VEM soon! Our migration consultant will explain it in detail for the family to understand!

Frequently asked questions

When applying for a Subclass 101 visa to sponsor my biological child, do I need to take a DNA test?

The answer is yes. But this happens very rarely. If your family is a client of VEM and is required to be tested by the DHA, VEM will provide detailed instructions on how to do the paperwork.

Can I sponsor a stepchild or an adopted child with a Subclass 101 visa?

The answer is yes, if you prove you meet the relationship requirements mentioned above.

Is there an age limit for the Subclass 101 visa applicant?

Yes, there is. The applicant must be under 25 years old.

What is the difference between a Subclass 101 visa and a Subclass 802 visa?

Both of these visas are ways for parents to sponsor their children to Australia. But the difference is that the 101 visa requires the applicant (child) to apply outside of Australia, while the 802 visa allows the applicant to apply in Australia.


VEM hopes that the information about the Subclass 101 visa in this article will help your family in sponsoring their children to Australia. If you have any problems, please contact VEM! We are always happy to answer all questions so that the family can quickly complete the procedures, submit documents and reunite in Australia!


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