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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 visaSubclass 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.

 

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What is a Subclass 838 visa?

 

Benefits of an Aged Dependent Relative visa

 

Residency

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.

 

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 both
    • The sponsor must be siblings or step brothers/sisters, grandparents, parents, aunt/uncle, or spouse of the applicant.
    • Meet the health and character requirements.
    • No criminal record.
    • 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.
    • Had provided financial support for the applicants for at least 3 years before the visa 838 sponsorship.
    • Be able to provide accommodation and financial support for the first 2 years the applicant lives in Australia.

For the applicants

 

    • Must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia.
    • Must be single.

For additional applicant

    • Must be under 18 years of age.
    • If they’re from and over 18 years of age, they must meet the following requirements:
      • Have a physical or mental disability.
      • Be dependent on the main applicants.
    • Must be single.

 

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Requirements of the Subclass 838

 

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 bornPension ageDate pension age changes
From 1 July 1952 to 31 December 195365 years and 6 months1 July 2017
From 1 January 1954 to 30 June 195566 years1 July 2019
From 1 July 1955 to 31 December 195666 years and 6 months1 July 2021
From 1 January 1957 onwards67 years1 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.

 

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Step-by-step of a Subclass 838 visa

 

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

For both

Proof of relationship
    • Certified copy of your registration book.
    • Certified copy of your marriage certificate (if married).
    • Proof of relationship between parents – step children (if necessary).
Proof of dependent relationship
    • Bank confirmation.
    • Withdrawal receipt.
    • Lease contract.

 

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Required documents to apply for a Subclass 838

 

For the sponsor

Identification documents
    • Certified copy of your birth certificate.
    • Certified copy of your registration book.
Nationality document
    • Nationality certificate.
    • Passport.
    • Valid visa
Financial evidence

Evidence that the sponsor can continue providing financial support for the applicant.

 

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 applicantFor the additional applicant
First installment4,990
    • From and over 18 years of age: 2,495.
    • Under 18 years of age: 1,250.
Second installment2,065

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.

 

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Basic differences between Subclass 838 visa and Subclass 114 visa

 

Contact VEM for more information.

 

Frequently asked questions

Where can the applicants be when they apply for the Subclass 838 ?

The main applicants and the dependent applicants must be onshore when applying for the 838 visa.

Do the sponsor have any responsibilities with the applicants after being granted the Subclass 838?

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.

How to prove that the applicant is financially dependent on the sponsor?

They need to provide documents showing the reason, the period, and other evidence proving the sponsorship. Contact VEM for further information.


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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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3 thoughts on “Subclass 838 visa – a way to bring your aged relatives to australia

  1. Budi K says:

    My widowed mom is visiting us in Melbourne on a 600 visa. If we sponsor her for a 838 visa, will she get a bridging visa until her application is processed?

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