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How to successful apply for a carer visa – subclass 836 visa?

If you want to come to Australia to care for your relative who is really in need of your care due to their health conditions. How to be well-prepared for a subclass 836 visa? Let’s read on to find out the answer!


What is a Subclass 836?

A Carer visa – Subclass 836 is a permanent residency visa that allows eligible New Zealand citizens/Australians/Australian permanent residents to sponsor their relatives to come to Australia and take care of them.

The sponsor needs to prove that they have a long-term medical condition and are unable to access enough healthcare support in Australia.


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What is a Subclass 836?


Benefits of holding a Subclass 836



To live in Australia permanently.

Work and study

To work and study in Australia.

Health care

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

Multiple entries

Travel in and out of Australia within 5 years. After 5 years, you can apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV) or citizenship.

Family member

Allow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.


Apply for Australian citizenship if they meet the requirements.


Requirements of a Carer visa


For both

The sponsor must be the relative or relative’s spouse of the applicant.

Meet the health and character requirements.

Have no debt to the Australian government.

For the sponsor

Must be eligible New Zealand citizens/Australians/Australian permanent residents.

From and over 18 years of age.

    • Must have a long-term medical condition and need daily care.
    • Must be assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services.
    • Be unable to access enough healthcare support in Australia.
For the applicants
    • Must be onshore while the visa is lodged and granted.
    • Must be willing and able to provide ongoing substantial care and support for your relative.
    • Must not hold or have applied for a Subclass 771 visa.


carer visa requirements
Requirements of a Carer visa


Contact our professional migration expert to make sure you meet the requirements.


Steps to apply for a Subclass 836

    • Step 1: Check whether you meet the Carer visa 836 requirements.
    • Step 2: Prepare the documents and apply for the Subclass 836 visa.
    • Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
    • Step 4: Receive the 836 visa.


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Steps to apply for a Subclass 836


It’s best to find a registered migration agent to support you with your visa application process.


VEM will be your trust companion. Our qualified consultant – Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877), will assist you for the whole process of your application.


Required documents for Subclass 836 Carer visa application


For both

Relationship evidence

Certified copies to birth, marriage certificates.

The applicantIdentification documents
    • Certified copies of your valid passport
    • Certified copy of your identification
    • 4 ID card photos (45mm x 35mm)
    • Proofs of legal name change (if necessary)
The sponsor



Identification documents

Proof that you’re an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident.

Financial documents

Provide income records, tax records, and proof showing that you can support the sponsor.

Medical document

Provide medical certificate of Bupa Medical Visa Services.

Additional applicant (if any)

Under 18 years of age

    • Identification documents.
    • Compete form 1229.

From 18 to 23 years old

    • Identification documents.
    • Relationship evidence (if any).


Cost of a Carer subclass 836


For the main applicantFor the accompany member
First installmentAUD1,795
    • From and over 18 years old: AUD1,030
    • Under 18 years old: AUD515
Second installment (if required)AUD2,065


Note: The Subclass 836 fee listed above does not include a 1.4% surcharge.


Processing times of a Subclass 836 visa

There is no information on processing time for a Carer visa application at the present time.


Basic difference between Subclass 836 and 116 visa


You must be offshore when applying for a Subclass 116 visa. In contrast, you must be onshore when applying for a Subclass 836.


Notice when applying for a Subclass 836

Responsibilities of the sponsor

The sponsor must provide accommodation and financial support for the main applicant and dependent applicant (if any) in the first 2 years after being granted the 836 visa.


If the sponsors don’t take on their responsibility, their Subclass 836 may be cancelled.


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Notice when applying for a Subclass 836


Medical certificate 

If you cannot provide the Bupa medical certificate at the time of making the application, you can submit it within 3 months of applying.

After this period, if you still have not provided the medical certificate, you will not be granted the 836 visa.


Frequently asked questions

Can I include family members in my application?

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

Can I apply for a Subclass 836 while holding a Bridging A visa?

Yes, but applicants must be in Australia when lodging the application.

Will applicants of visa 836 receive benefits from Centrelink?

Yes. The applicants can receive after 2 years of being granted visa 836.

Can I apply for a Carer visa onshore or offshore?

You have to submit the application in Australia.


Contact VEM if you need further assistance.


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