How to sponsor your relatives to Australia with a Subclass 838 visa
An Australian Subclass 838 visa is an opportunity for elderly people to come to Australia to settle down with relatives. This is an opportunity for older people to enjoy Australia’s attractive humanitarian policies.
What is a Subclass 838 visa?
A Subclass 838 visa is also known as the Aged Dependent Relative visa. This permanent visa lets a single older person stay in Australia if they rely on a relative living in Australia for financial support.
Benefits of holding a Subclass 838 visa
Most people who hear about the benefits of the Subclass 838 visa are surprised. Because few people would have thought that this visa would create so many benefits for applicants.
Free entries benefits
Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the visa is granted.
Social security benefits
Be able to take courses and take part in suitable jobs.
Sponsor family member benefits
Can sponsor another eligible family member.
Knowing your rights is the correct step for Australian visa applicants. Because without fully understanding the benefits, visa holders will not be able to take advantage of all their benefits.
However, the applicant will most likely encounter unnecessary obstacles. If you want to properly understand the above benefits, your family can contact VEM for more detailed explanations.
Requirements of an Aged Dependent Relative visa – Subclass 838
The requirements to apply for a Subclass visa are not too strict. However, there are still many people who cannot apply for a visa because all the conditions have not been met.
You can refer to the table below for visa requirements:
|For the sponsor and the applicant||Relationship|
|Health and character|
Meet the health and character requirements.
For the sponsor
Must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
At least 18 years old.
For the applicant
Reach the Age Pension.
Single at the time of application.
Where to lodge the visa
Where to receive the visa grant
For the accompany person (if any)
Not in an informal relationship, not engaged or married.
An Aged Dependent Relative visa – Subclass 838 requires the applicants to be old enough to reach Age Pension in Australia. Specifically,
|Period within which a person was born||Pension age||Date pension age changes|
|From 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953||65 years and 6 months||1 July 2017|
|From 1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955||66 years||1 July 2019|
|From 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956||66 years and 6 months||1 July 2021|
|From 1 January 1957 onwards||67 years||1 July 2023|
If you have met the requirements, please hurry up and submit your application. In case this condition is not clear, the family can contact VEM for confirmation from our professional migration consultant.
At VEM, the person who directly advises and supports clients is also the CEO of the company – Mr. Phong Cao. He is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877). So one of his obligations is to advise the clients correctly.
So, you can completely trust that Mr. Phong Cao always provides the most accurate information about a Subclass 838 visa.
Step-by-step of a Subclass 838 visa
- Step 1: Check the eligibility.
- Step 2: Prepare necessary papers and documents.
- Step 3: Submit application and visa fee for the first time.
- Step 4: The DHA receives the visa applications.
- Step 5: The application is processed.
- Step 6: The applicant submits additional documents and pays the second visa fee.
- Step 7: The applicant receives the Subclass 838 visa grant.
What documents and papers are required when it comes to a Subclass 838 visa?
These are what you should prepare before lodging your Subclass 838 visa application.
|For the applicant and the sponsor|
|Proof of your relationship|
|Proof of the dependence|
Evidence that the applicant is dependent on the sponsor:
|The applicant||Identification papers|
|Proof of residency|
The sponsor submits the following evidence:
Proof that you have the financial ability to continue to support the applicant.
Fill in form 40.
All of VEM’s clients will be instructed about these papers.
For the accompany person (if any)
Processing times of a Subclass 838 visa
Currently, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has not updated the processing time for visa applications for a Subclass 838 visa. So the way for you to get a visa quickly is to make an application and submit it as soon as possible.
To do this, you should consider VEM visa services. As we usually only take 7-14 days to process the application before lodging for your visa.
Cost of a Subclass 838 visa
Although the processing time has not been updated, the DHA has announced the Subclass 838 visa fees in 2023. Specifically:
|Types of charges and fees||The amount of money (AUD)|
|For the visa applicant||For the accompany member|
Note: The 114 visa fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.
The difference between a Subclass 838 visa and a Subclass 114 visa
A Subclass 838 visa is similar to a Subclass 114 visa – both are ways for elderly relatives to settle in Australia with their relatives. If your family is confused or do not know which visa to choose from, VEM will guide you on how to choose:
- If the applicant is applying in Australia: the family chooses the Subclass 838 visa.
- If the applicant is applying outside of Australia: the family chooses the Subclass 114 visa.
If you need more explanation from VEM, please contact VEM! We are ready to answer all your questions so that your family can settle down in Australia soon!
Frequently asked questions
This is a permanent visa.
Yes, you can.
The answer is yes.
The applicant as well as the accompanying person must be inside Australia when the visa is lodged.
This means that before applying for a Subclass 838 visa, the applicant has been supported by a sponsor for at least 3 years. This can be about accommodation, food, drink or finance, etc.
You can contact VEM for a specific and accurate explanation.
VEM hopes the information about an Australian Subclass 838 visa in this article is useful for your family. If you have any questions, leave a comment at the end of the article. VEM will quickly contact you to help you answer or you can call the VEM hotline right away!
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