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Subclass 445 visa – a pathway for a child to reunite with their parent in Australia

A Subclass 445 visa allows a child to live in Australia temporarily while the DHA processes their parent’s Partner visa application. How to be well-prepared to apply for this 445? Keep scrolling to get advice from our qualified and experienced consultant.

What is a Subclass 445 visa?

Dependent Child visa – Subclass 445 is a temporary visa that allows a child who missed the opportunity to apply for a visa with their parent as a dependent to come to Australia to be added as a dependent on their parent’s partner visa application.


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What is a Subclass 445 visa?


Benefits of a Subclass 445


ResidencyTo live in Australia within the parent’s temporary Partner visa validity.
Work and studyTo work and study in Australia.

To attend AME – Australian Migration English Program.

Multiples entriesTravel in and out of Australia within visa 445 validity.
Family membersAllow your siblings to come to Australia with you by separately applying for this visa.


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Benefits of a Subclass 445 visa


Requirements of a Dependent Child visa – Subclass 445


For both

    • The applicant must be the biological child or stepchild of the sponsor.
    • The sponsor must have legal custody of the applicant (if the child is under 18 years of age).
    • Must meet the health and character requirements.
    • Have no criminal record.
    • Have no debt to the Australian government.

For the sponsor

    • Currently living in Australia holding a Subclass 309 or Subclass 820.
    • Have not been granted a permanent Partner visa (Subclass 100 or Subclass 801).

For the applicant

    • Under 18 years of age or if over 18 and under 25 the applicant is financially dependent on their parents, or if over 25 applicants must be mentally or physically disabled.
    • Apply for the visa when in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance.


Contact VEM if you need further assistance. Our qualified and experienced migration consultant (MARN: 1577877, QEAC: K580, MIA: 12648) will help your visa application process go smoothly.


Required documents for Dependent Child visa application


For both
    • Certified copy of registration book.
    • Certified copy of marriage certificate.
    • Proof of legal name change (if necessary).
For the applicant (children)
    • Certified copy of your valid passport.
    • 4 ID card photos.
    • Certified copy of your identification.
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • A police certificate from any country you have stayed at least 12 months in the last 10 years, since turning 16.
    • Evidence of being dependent on your parents (if you’re from and over 18 years of age).
For the sponsor (parent)
    • Police check.


Cost of visa 445 application in 2024


Fee (in AUD)
For the main applicant3,055
For the additional applicant
    • Over 18 years of age: 1,530.
    • Under 18 years of age: 765.

Note: The Subclass 445 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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Cost of visa 445 application


Visa application charges may increase every financial year. Contact VEM to get the latest update.


Processing times of a Subclass 445


50% of the applications are processed within9 months
90% of the applications are processed within18 months


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


Responsibilities of Subclass 445 visa holders


The sponsor (parent)

Provide essential and financial support for the children.

The applicant (children)

Meet all visa conditions and comply with Australian laws.


It’s best to be well-prepared for the visa application to increase your chances of visa 445 approval.


Steps to apply for visa 445

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for visa 445.
    • Step 3: Provide additional Subclass 445 documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive the 445 visa.


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Steps to apply for visa 445


Frequently asked questions

Does a Subclass 445 require a DNA test?

No, unless you’re required by the DHA.

Does visa 445 allow me to bring my siblings to come to Australia with me?

No. They need to apply for the Subclass 445 separately.


Contact VEM for further personalised advice and assistance!


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