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Subclass 117 visa – an opportunity for orphan to live in Australia permanently

Subclass 117 visa provides an opportunity to the orphan to come to live in Australia permanently. What are the benefits and requirements to apply for this visa? Let’s read on to get advice from our qualified consultant!



What is a Subclass 117 visa?

Orphan Relative visa – Subclass 117 allows children to live with their relatives in Australia permanently if their parents passed away or are unable to care for them.

The sponsor (relative) must be a settled Australian citizen/ permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.


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What is a Subclass 117 visa?


Benefits of a Subclass 117 visa

Visa 117 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 can apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV) or citizenship.
Health careAccess to Medicare – an Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.
Family membersAllow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.
CitizenshipApply for Australian citizenship.


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Benefits of a Subclass 117 visa


Requirements of an Australian Orphan Relative visa


For both the applicants and the sponsor
    • Relationship: The sponsor must be sibling/step-sibling, grandparent/step-grandparent, aunt/step-aunt, or uncle/step-uncle of the applicant.
    • Meet the health and character requirements.
    • No criminal record.
    • No debt to the Australian government.
For the sponsor
    • Must be a settled Australian citizen/ permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen.
    • From and over 18 years of age.
For the applicants
    • Under 18 years of age.
    • Has no parents because they passed away/ can’t be found/ unable to care for the applicant.
    • Must be single.
    • Must be offshore while the visa is lodged and granted.


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Requirements of an Australian Orphan Relative visa


To know whether you meet visa 117 requirements, contact VEM. Our consultant – Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877), with more than 12 years of experience in the migration field, will assist you.


Required documents for a Subclass 117 visa application


For the applicant
    • Certified copy of your valid passport.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • 4 ID card photos.
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Proof of legal name change (if necessary).
    • Death certificate of parents.
    • Medical report proves that parents are unable to care for you.
    • Evidence that your parents can’t be found.
    • If you’re above 16, provide a police certificate from any country you have stayed at least 12 months in the last 10 years, since turning 16.
The sponsor
    • Identification documents.
    • Residence and citizenship documents.
    • Provide income and tax reports.


The requirements of visa 117 may change. Contact VEM for further details. Our consultant has always been among the first people to get updates of Australian immigration changes.


Processing times of a Subclass 117 visa


50% of the applications are processed within65 months
90% of the applications are processed within117 months


To be granted the visa in the earliest possible time, your visa application should be processed properly and as a “ready make decision”.


Steps to apply for a Subclass 117 visa

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for the visa 117.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive the Subclass 117.

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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Steps to apply for a Subclass 117 visa


Cost of a visa 117 application


The main applicantAUD1, 870
The additional applicant
    • Over 18 years of age: AUD935.
    • Under 18 years of age: AUD470

Note: The Subclass 117 fee listed above does not include a 1.4% surcharge.

You will not receive any refund if your visa application is refused. Therefore, it’s best to be well-prepared for your application.


Responsibilities of the sponsor after being granted visa 117

Provide accommodation and financial support for the first 2 years the applicants live in Australia.


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Responsibilities of the sponsor after being granted visa 117


Frequently asked questions

Where must I be when applying and being granted visa 117?

You must be offshore when applying for and being granted visa 117.

Does an orphan meet the requirements if one of their parents is still alive?

Yes, if the parent is unable to look after the child due to mental or physical disability.


In order to get the best outcome of your visa application, contact VEM for further assistance. Our registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) will legally advise and help your visa application well-prepared for the best possible outcome.


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