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Who are eligible as remaining relatives for a subclass 835 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 835 visa may be for you. How to increase the chance to be granted this visa? Let’s dive in and get advice from our qualified consultant.


What is a (onshore) Subclass 835 visa?

Remaining Relative visa – Subclass 835 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 (onshore) Subclass 835?


Benefits of a Remaining Relative visa



To live in Australia permanently.

Health care

Access to Medicare – an Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.

Work and studyTo study and work in Australia.
Family membersAllow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.
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.
CitizenshipApply for Australian citizenship.


For further assistance, please contact VEM.


Requirements for a Subclass 835 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 the applicant

    • 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 835.

For the sponsor

    • 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 Subclass 835


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.


Costs to apply for Subclass 835


Fee for the main applicant (in AUD)Fee for the additional applicant (in AUD)
First installment4,990
    • From and over 18 years of age: 2,495.
    • Under 18 years of age: 1,250.
Second installment2,065

Note: The Subclass 835 visa fee listed above does not include a 1.4% surcharge.


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


Subclass 835 visa processing time

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


Step-by-step of a Subclass 835 visa application

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for the 835 visa.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive the Subclass 835.

Contact VEM for further assistance.


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Step-by-step of a Subclass 835 application


Required documents to apply for a Remaining Relative 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.
Health and character
    • Health examination.
    • Police clearance certificates.

For the sponsor

    • Financial documents (Income/tax assessment, payslips)


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.


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Required documents to apply for a Remaining Relative visa


Basic difference between Subclass 115 & Subclass 835 


You must be offshore when applying for a Subclass 115 visa. 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.

Are there any responsibilities for the sponsors?

Yes. They have to provide housing and financial support for the first 2 years the applicant lives in Australia.


We accompany our clients for their whole immigration journey. Contact VEM for further assistance.


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