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How to apply for a Subclass 116 visa in 2023

If your family member is having trouble with their health, you can start your application for a Subclass 116 visa. With a Carer VisaSubclass 116 you can come to Australia to provide care to your relative who needs long-term assistance due to their serious illness or health conditions.

What are the benefits and requirements of this visa? Keep reading this article to find out!



What is a Subclass 116 visa?

It is a permanent visa which allows you to move to Australia to care for someone with a long-term medical condition.

The sponsor, however, needs to prove that other relatives or welfare, hospital, nursing or community services in Australia are unable to give them sufficient care and assistance to their health or medical conditions.


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What is a Subclass 116?


Benefits of holding a Subclass 116 visa

With this visa, applicants can receive several benefits.


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 benefitsEnrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare.
Education benefitsHaving full study and work rights.
Sponsor family member benefitsCan sponsor another eligible family member.


For more information about the benefits of the Subclass 116 visa, contact VEM today. Our professional migration consultant who is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877) will support you to make the best use of these benefits.


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Benefits of a Carer Visa


Requirements of a Carer visa – Subclass 116

Just like any other Family visas, a Subclass 116 visa has many requirements for both the applicant and the sponsor.


For the applicants and the sponsor

The sponsor must be the relative of the applicant. If the sponsor can’t sponsor the applicant themselves, the sponsor’s spouse can take over and sponsor for the applicant.

Meet the health and character requirements.

Must pay back debts to the Australian Government or there must be a formal arrangement to pay it back.

For the sponsor

Must be a settled Australian citizen, Eligible New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident

Over 18 years old.

    • Must be unable to get the care you need in Australia from another relative, an Australian welfare, nursing in hospital and your community services.
    • Must provide medical certificate of Bupa Medical Visa Services.
    • Must provide proof that your other relatives in Australia and the Australian medical system are incapable of giving you the care you need.
For the applicantsMust be offshore while the visa is lodged and granted.


If you’re still wondering whether you fit these requirements or not, contact VEM now so that our consultant can assist you directly. Mr Phong Cao is our professional migration consultant. He’s capable of giving you the most suitable advice to prepare a proper application.

Step-by-step of a Subclass 116 visa

  • Step 1: Checking if you meet the requirements and prepare the required documents.
  • Step 2: Making the application.
  • Step 3: Your application is processed and placed in a queue.
  • Step 4: Paying the second instalment at the time of decision.
  • Step 5: Being granted a Subclass 116 visa.


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The process of applying for a Carer Visa


VEM knows that after the visa lodgement, you’ll be even more anxious about your relatives in Australia. And you’ll be even more worried if you don’t know the stages of your Subclass 116 visa application.


For that reason, you should consider choosing VEM as your migration agency because Mr Phong Cao is a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648), so VEM’s clients will also be informed about any new changes in their application process.

Processing times of a Subclass 116 visa

There is no specific processing time for this subclass. It is better to prepare the required documents and application properly to avoid any deferral or visa refusal.

What documents and papers are required when it comes to a Subclass 116 visa?

These are what you should prepare before lodging your Subclass 116 visa application.


The applicantIdentification papers
    • Copies of your certified birth certificate.
    • 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).
The sponsorIdentification papers
    • ID card.
    • Proof that you’re a  settled Australian citizen, Eligible New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident.
Financial proof

Provide proof about your income, taxation payment, etc so as to convince the DHA of your ability to take care of the applicants.

Medical proof

Must provide medical certificate of Bupa Medical Visa Services.


Fill in form 40.

All of VEM’s clients will be instructed about these papers.

Another family member (if any)Under 18 years old
    • Identification papers.
    • Fill in form 1229 which proves that parents allow their children to migrate to Australia.
From 18 to 23 years old
    • Identification papers.
    • Documents about other relationships (if any).


These papers can usually get a bit overwhelmed and complicated so it may take a long time to complete. Additionally, all of these documents must be translated into English. Therefore, make sure you choose a registered migration agency to ensure that your documents are carefully prepared.

Cost of a Career visa – Subclass 116


Types of charges and feesThe amount of money (AUD)
For the visa applicantFor the accompany member
First instalment1,880
    • Over 18 years old: 940
    • Under 18 years old: 470
Second instalment2,065

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


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Cost of applying for Subclass 116


Refund is not allowed whenever there’s a visa rejection. Hence, you are strongly advised to look for a professional and trustworthy migration agency.

What you should take note before applying for a Subclass 116 visa

The obligations of the sponsor after the Subclass 116 visa grant

The sponsor must support the applicants in accomodation, food and drink, etc in the first two years in Australia. If not, the Australian Government will reconsider and even terminate the Subclass 116 visa approval.

Certificate from Bupa Medical Visa services

Before applying for a Subclass 116 visa, the sponsor must register for a medical assessment from Bupa Medical Visa services. If you still haven’t received the assessment at the time of the visa lodgement, Bupa will provide a certified paper to confirm this.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a Subclass 116 and 836 visa?

You must apply for a Subclass 116 visa outside of Australia, while a Subclass 836 visa requires you to apply for it inside Australia.


If there’s any further questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or call us via our hotline. VEM will contact you back as soon as possible.


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