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How to increase your chances of getting an adoption visa – subclass 102

Subclass 102 visa, a kind of humane visa, which allows Australian parents to sponsor their adopted children to come and live with them in Australia. Let’s explore with VEM!

What is a Subclass 102 visa?


A Subclass 102 visa is also known as an Australian Adoption visa. This is an opportunity to help Australian settlers sponsor their children to Australia to stay as permanent residents.


The condition is that the sponsored person must be under 18 years of age. And the sponsor must be a qualified New Zealand citizen, Australian citizen, or permanent resident.

Benefits of holding an Adoption visa – Subclass 102

The benefits of a Subclass 102 visa are quite similar to that of a Subclass 101 visa. Specifically,


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.
    • You 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 benefitsEnroll in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare.
Education benefitsHave full study and work rights.
 Sponsor family member benefitsCan sponsor another eligible family member.


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Because the Subclass 102 visa belongs to the Australian Family visas, holders of this visa will be greatly supported by the Australian Government.


Therefore, if you do not understand the benefits of a visa, you may miss out on many attractive policies. If your family does not understand these benefits, please consult with VEM for detailed explanation from a migration consultant.

Requirements of a Subclass 102 visa

The Australian Subclass 102 visa has requirements for both the sponsor and the applicant. Here are some of those requirements.


For the applicant
AgeUnder 18 years old at the time of adoption, visa application, and visa grant.
Where to lodge the visaOffshore
Where to receive the visa
    • Offshore
    • If you are in Australia and cannot get out of Australia to receive a visa grant (due to the Covid-19), you can get it onshore (applicable from February 1, 2020).
For the sponsor


Must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.


    • The adoptive parent or spouse is required to submit an Australian federal national police check or a foreign police certificate. This requirement is to ensure the best interests of the child.
    • Provide an AFP report if the adoptive parent or spouse has lived outside Australia for 12 months or more since the age of 16.
    • Proof of cause of residence outside Australia is not to avoid international adoption laws in Australia.
    • The child is no longer legally bound to the biological parents. And the permanent guarantor has full parental rights.
    • Adoption does not violate the adoption law of the child’s country.


Both the sponsor and their official or unofficial spouse have no criminal record about children.


Mr. Phong Cao – VEM’s professional consultant has been licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877). So you can rest and relax when using the service he provides!

In case you don’t meet the requirements of a Subclass 102 visa, our consultant will also consider the possibility of other visas for you.

Step-by-step of an Australian Subclass 102 visa

In order to receive an Adoption visa – Subclass 102, the applicant will go through the following 7 steps:

  • Step 1: Check the eligibility.
  • Step 2: Complete the necessary papers and documents.
  • Step 3: Submit the application and pay the visa fee.
  • Step 4: The DHA receives the visa application.
  • Step 5: The application is processed.
  • Step 6: The reviewer asks the family for additional documents (if necessary).
  • Step 7: The Subclass 102 visa is granted.

Processing times of a Subclass 102 visa

The processing time has changed compared to previous years, specifically:


Processing times
75% of the applications20 months
90% of the applications30 months


However, your documents must be well–prepared to avoid a longer process or visa refusal. You find an eligible and reliable agency to help you with your application.


The secret to a fast visa process is to submit a standard application as required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.


Mr. Phong Cao is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648). So if you have his support, your Subclass 102 visa application will certainly be accurate, up-to-date, complete, and thorough.

Cost of a Subclass 102 visa

The DHA has announced Subclass 102 visa fees. Specifically:


The amount of money (AUD)
For the visa applicant2,790
For the accompanying 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.


If your Subclass 102 visa application is denied, you will not be refunded the fee paid. To avoid useless investments, your family should consider using the service of a reputable migration agency.

How to prepare a standard Subclass 102 visa application

These are what you should prepare before lodging your Subclass 102 visa application.


Identification papers of the applicant
    • Copies of certified marriage certificate (if any).
    • Copies of your certified passport (within a 6-month period starting from the beginning of your visa application).
    • 4 card images.
    • ID card.
    • Proof that you’ve changed your name before (if any).
Proof of the relationshipCertificate of the government about the adoption.
Certificate from the policeApplicants over the age of 16 must provide confirmation from the police of the country that they have lived for more than 12 months in the last 10 years, since turning 16.
Health and character
    • Applicants do not need to show proof of health and character if not required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
    • Applicants over the age of 16 must complete form 80 to demonstrate eligibility for character according to Australia’s criteria. VEM’s clients will receive detailed instructions on how to do this.
Financial proofThe sponsor needs to prove they have the financial ability to support the applicant for the first 2 years in Australia.


Obligations of the family when the Subclass 102 visa is granted

When successfully applying for a Subclass visa, the sponsor of the child must fulfill their responsibilities to the child.

Specifically, provide accommodation and financial support to meet the reasonable needs of children during the first 2 years in Australia.

Frequently asked questions

Where should I apply for a Subclass 102 visa?

The applicant must be outside of Australia when the visa is lodged.


Hopefully this article has helped your family understand the Subclass 102 visa. If you have any questions, contact VEM soon. VEM consultants are always available to assist families in applying for an Australian Subclass 102 visa.


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