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Who are eligible as remaining relatives for a subclass 115 visa?

If you are the only close relative of an Australian permanent resident or citizen and wish to live with them permanently in Australia, a Subclass 115 visa may be for you. How to successfully apply for this visa? Let’s read on and get advice from our qualified and experienced consultant.



What is a Subclass 115 visa?

Remaining Relative visa – Subclass 115 is a permanent residency visa that allows Australian permanent residents or citizens to sponsor their only close family member to come and live with them in Australia.


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What is a Subclass 115 visa?


Benefits of a Subclass 115


ResidencyTo live in Australia permanently.
Work and studyTo study and work in Australia.
Multiples entriesTravel to and from Australia as many times as you want within 5 years. After 5 years, you need to apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV) or become an Australian citizen.
Family membersAllow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.
Health careAccess to Medicare – an Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.
CitizenshipApply for Australian citizenship.


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Benefits of a Subclass 115


For further assistance, please contact VEM.


Requirements for a Remaining Relative Visa

For both applicants and sponsors

    • The sponsor must be the grandparent, eligible parent/step-parent, child/step-child, or sibling/step-sibling of the applicant.
    • Must meet the heath and character requirements.
    • No criminal record.
    • No debt to the Australian Government.


For sponsors

    • Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • Must be from and over 18 years of age.
    • Have never sponsored anyone to come to Australia with a Subclass 115, 835, 104, or 806 visa.


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Requirements for a Remaining Relative Visa


For applicants

    • Don’t have other near relatives.
    • Must have assurance of support.
    • Have never got a visa application refused before.
    • Must be offshore when applying and being granted the Subclass 115 visa.

The Department of Home Affair (DHA) may change the requirements of visas from time to time.


Contact VEM for updates. Our qualified migration consultant (MARN: 1577877) will assist you.


Step-by-step of a Subclass 115 application

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for the Subclass 115.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive the 115 visa.

You can apply for the visa yourself but it is recommended that you should use visa services provided by a registered migration agent.


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Step-by-step of a Subclass 115 application


Required documents to apply for a Subclass 115 visa

For both the applicants and sponsors


    • Certified copy of your registration book.
    • Certified copy of your marriage certificate.
    • Certified documents proving the relationship of both as parents – adopted child/children.
Identification documents
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Certified copy of your passport.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • Certified copies of ID card photos.
    • Police clearance certificates.
Health and character
    • Health examination.
    • Police clearance certificates.


For both the applicants and sponsors

Financial documents (Income/tax assessment, payslips, etc.).

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.


Processing times for a Subclass 115 visa

There is no information on processing time for Remaining Relative visa applications at the present time.


Costs to apply for Remaining Relative visa


Fee for the main applicant (in AUD)Fee for the additional applicant (in AUD)
First instalment4,990From and over 18 years of age: 2,495.

Under 18 years of age: 1,250.

Second instalment (if required)2,0652,065

Note: The visa 115 application fee listed above does not include a 1.4% surcharge.


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


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Costs to apply for Remaining Relative visa


Responsibilities of the Subclass 115 holders


For visa 115 sponsorMust provide the main and dependent applicants with financial assistance and accommodation for the first 2 years in Australia.
For applicant & dependent applicantsComply with the visa conditions and Australian laws as a permanent resident.


Basic difference between Subclass 115 visa & Subclass 835 visa


You must be offshore when applying for a Subclass 115. In contrast, you must be onshore when applying for a Subclass 835 visa.


Contact VEM for more information.


Frequently asked questions

Can I include my family members on the application?

Yes, as long as they meet the requirements for dependent applicants.

Is there an age restriction when applying for visa 115?

Subclass 115 only requires sponsors to be from and over 18 years old. There is no age restriction for the applicants..

Where can I be when applying for a 115 visa?

You must be outside Australia while making your application and being granted the visa.



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