A Carer visa (subclass 116) is a permanent visa for people who want to live in Australia to provide substantial and continuing care or assistance for a relative who either:
- Has a long-term medical condition that means they cannot look after themselves in practical aspects of daily life, or
- Needs permanent or long-term practical support to help them care for a member of their family in their household with such a medical condition.
The relative must not be able to reasonably obtain the care they need from any other relative or from welfare, hospital, nursing or community services in Australia.
An individual might be eligible for this visa if:
- They need to move to Australia to:
- Care for a relative in Australia with a long-term medical condition, or
- Assist a relative in providing this care to a member of their family unit living in their household.
- Their relative (or their family member) has their medical condition assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services as being one which significantly affects them in attending to the practical aspects of daily life and which will need direct care for at least two years
- Their relative cannot reasonably get the care they need from any other relative in Australia or from welfare, hospital or nursing community services in Australia
- They are willing and able to provide substantial and continuing assistance
- They should fully understand what kind of care or assistance their relative needs
- They and their family members meet health and character requirements.
- They are sponsored by their relative or their partner.
What does this visa allow for:
This permanent visa lets the individual and any family members who have been granted this visa:
- Stay in Australia indefinitely as an Australian permanent resident
- Apply for Australian citizenship (if they are eligible)
- Travel to and from Australia as a permanent resident for five years from the date the visa is granted – after that time they will need to apply for another visa if they want to return to Australia.
To apply for this visa, the individual needs a sponsor. This person must be the relative who needs the care or assistance, or their partner. They must sign an undertaking (an agreement) to give the individual support, accommodation and financial assistance (if they need it) for two years after they first arrive in Australia. This agreement includes any family members they include in their application.
The sponsor can be either:
- The relative who needs care or assistance (either for themselves or a member of the family unit)
- The spouse or de facto partner of the relative who lives with them.
The sponsor must be aged 18 years or older and be:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen .
The medical condition:
The medical condition must meet the following criteria:
- The medical condition is long-term or permanent, and as a result the relative (or their family member) needs assistance with the practical aspects of daily life.
- The need for care or assistance will continue for at least two years.
- The medical condition has been assessed by Bupa Medical Visa Services.
In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, there are other factors and criteria to be taken into consideration.