Subclass 838 visa – a way to bring your aged relatives to australia
After having settled down in Australia, you may think of bridging your aged family members to Australia and taking care of them. How to prepare and successfully apply for Subclass 838 visa? Dive in to get advice from our registered migration consultant.
What is a Subclass 838 visa?
Aged Dependent Relative visa – Subclass 838 is a visa that allows eligible New Zealand citizens/Australians/Australian permanent residents to sponsor their aged relative to come and live in Australia permanently.
Benefits of an Aged Dependent Relative visa
To live in Australia permanently.
Access to Medicare – an Australia’s universal health insurance scheme.
|Work and study||To study and work in Australia.|
|Family members||Allow your eligible family members to apply for the visa together with you.|
|Multiples entries||Travel 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.|
|Citizenship||Apply for Australian citizenship.|
If you’re not clear about the benefits of the Subclass 838 Aged Dependent Relative visa, contact VEM to get our support!
Requirements of the Subclass 838
For the sponsor
For the applicants
For additional applicant
To know if you’re old enough to receive the age pension in Australia, please refer to the following table:
|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|
Step-by-step of a Subclass 838 visa
- Step 1: Check whether you meet the requirements.
- Step 2: Prepare documents and apply for the visa.
- Step 3: Provide additional documents (if required).
- Step 4: Receive the Subclass 838.
Contact VEM to be well-prepared for your visa application. Our qualified consultant – Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877), will assist you for the whole process of your application.
Required documents to apply for a Subclass 838
|Proof of relationship|
|Proof of dependent relationship|
For the sponsor
Evidence that the sponsor can continue providing financial support for the applicant.
- ID card photos.
- Certified copies of your passport.
- Certified copy of your identification.
- Proofs of legal name change (if necessary).
For the additional applicant (if any)
- Identification documents.
- Proof of the relationship with the sponsor.
- Proof that they meet the health and character requirements (if required).
Mr. Peter Cao (CEO of VEM), a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648), has always been among the first people to get updates of Australian immigration changes. Therefore, VEM’s clients are always well informed and advised.
Subclass 838 processing time
There is no information on processing time for Subclass 838 Aged Dependent Relative applications at the present time.
Cost of Subclass 838 visa application
|Fee (in AUD)|
|For the main applicant||For the additional applicant|
Note: The 838 visa fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.
Visa application charges may increase every year. Contact VEM for updates.
Note that you may not get any refund if your visa application is refused.
The responsibilities of the Subclass 838 visa
The sponsor must pay assurance of support before being granted the 838 visa.
- Assurance of support payment must be made for the visa grant.
- Sponsors are required to support their parents financially without them needing any income support from the Australian government for the entire Assurance of Support period.
- Sponsors must pay the Australian government back for any income support they give their parents within the Assurance of Support period.
Basic differences between Subclass 838 visa and Subclass 114 visa
You must be offshore when applying for a Subclass 114 visa. In contrast, you must be onshore when applying for visa 838.
Contact VEM for more information.
Frequently asked questions
The main applicants and the dependent applicants must be onshore when applying for the 838 visa.
Yes. They need to provide accommodation and financial support for the first 2 years the applicant lives in Australia. In addition, the sponsor also needs to support the dependent applicant.
They need to provide documents showing the reason, the period, and other evidence proving the sponsorship. Contact VEM for further information.
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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