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How to increase your chance of being granted an adoption visa – subclass 102 visa

A Subclass 102 visa allows adopted children to come to live in Australia with their parents. What are the benefits and requirements of this visa? How to increase your chance of being granted visa 102? Let’s read on and get advice from our qualified and experienced consultant.


What is a 102 visa?

An Adoption visa – Subclass 102 visa allows adopted children to live in Australia as permanent residents with their adoptive parents.

The children must be under 18 years of age and the sponsor must be Australian citizens/ permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens.


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What is a 102 visa?


Benefits of an Adoption visa – Subclass 102

Subclass 102 holders are entitled to:


ResidencyTo live in Australia permanently.
Work and studyTo work and study in Australia.
Multiples entriesTravel in and out of Australia within 5 years. After 5 years, you need to apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV) or become an Australian citizen.
Health careAccess to Medicare – an Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.
CitizenshipApply for Australian citizenship.


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Benefits of an Adoption visa – Subclass 102


Subclass 102 Adoption visa holders will be greatly supported by the Australian Government as permanent residences.


Requirements of a Subclass 102 visa


For the applicant (children)
    • Under 18 years of age at the time of adoption, visa application, and visa grant.
    • Must be offshore when applying for and being granted the visa.
For the sponsor (parents)

    • Must be an Australian citizen/ permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • Show evidence that you haven’t been living outside Australia to evade Australia’s intercountry adoption laws.
    • The child is no longer legally bound to their biological parents.
    • The adoption must adhere to the adoption laws of the home country.
    • No criminal record: Provide an AFP certificate and overseas police certificates if you lived in certain countries for 12 years in the last 10 years.


To know whether you meet the Subclass 102 requirements, contact VEM. Our registered migration consultant (MARN: 1577877) will assist you.


Steps to apply for an Australian Subclass 102

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for the Subclass 102.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive the 102 visa.


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Steps to apply for an Australian Subclass 102


It is recommended that you should use visa services provided by a registered migration agent.


Subclass 102 visa processing time


50% of the applications is processed within7 months
90% of the applications is processed within22 months


To be granted the visa in the earliest possible time, your visa application should be processed properly and as a “ready make decision”. It’s best to contact VEM for further assistance.


Cost of a Subclass 102 application


Fee (in AUD)
For the main applicant3,055
For the additional applicant
    • From and over 18 years of age: 1,395
    • Under 18 years old: 765

Note: The Subclass 102 fee listed above does not include a 1.4% surcharge.

The Subclass 102 cost tends to increase every financial year. Contact VEM for the update.


Note that you may not get any refund if your visa application is refused.


Required documents for visa 102 application


Identification documents
    • Certified copy of your valid passport.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • 4 ID card photos.
    • Proof of legal name change (if necessary)
Relationship evidenceAdoption certificate of children’s home country
Police checkA police certificate from any country they have stayed at least 12 months in the last 10 years, since turning 16.
Health and character

Children over 16 years of age need to complete Form 80 (Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment)

Financial aspectProof that the sponsor can provide financial support for the first 2 years the applicant lives in Australia.


Contact VEM for further assistance.


Frequently asked questions

Where must the applicant be when applying for the Subclass 102?

The applicant (children) must be offshore when applying for visa 102.

Will my children be granted visa 102 if they’re under 18 when applying for the visa, but over 18 when being granted the visa?

Unfortunately, no. They must be under 18 years of age at the time of visa grant decision.


If you’re not clear about the Subclass 102 visa, contact VEM to get our support!


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