Carer Visas

The Carer Visa allows Australian permanent residents and citizens with a disability to sponsor relatives to live permanently in Australia to take care of them.

Due to the low number of places available in the migration program for this type of visa, waiting times are expected to be around 7-10 years.

Visa Criteria

Sponsorship by a Relative in Australia

The applicant must be related to an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or an eligible New Zealand Citizen. The following relatives are eligible to sponsor for the Carer Visa:
  • Parent
  • Children
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Aunts & uncles
  • Nieces & nephews
  • Grandchildren or grandparents.

This includes half and step-relatives and relatives that have been adopted. The partner of one of the above relatives is also eligible to be the sponsor.

In order to sponsor for a Carer visa, the sponsor must be over 18 and "settled" in Australia (this generally means having lived here for at least the last 2 years).

Relative Requiring Care

The visa applicant must be sponsored to take care of the Australian relative, or a member of the relative's family unit. The care must be shown to be necessary for at least the next 2 years.

Before proceeding with the application, the person requiring care must be assessed by an approved doctor as needing care due to a particular medical condition. The relative will need to demonstrate a condition resulting in an impairment of at least 30/100 and as a result requires assistance with daily care.

You must also show that the assistance cannot reasonably be provided by other Australian relatives or by Australian health or community services.


There is no age limitation for this type of visa.

Assurance of Support

An assurance of support is required in all cases.

Duration and Conditions

Results in the grant of a permanent visa with a travel facility valid for 5 years from date of grant.

Do I apply in Australia or Overseas?

You may either be in Australia or overseas when applying for a Carer Visa.

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