Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)

This visa was permanently closed to new applications on 2 June 2014. No further applications for this visa are able to be made. The information on these pages is for people who are visa holders or who have a current subclass 114 application.

Features

This visa is for some older people to migrate to Australia if they rely on an eligible relative in Australia to provide financial support.​

Requirements

You might be eligible for this visa if you:

  • lodged your application prior to 2 June 2014
  • lodged your application outside Australia
  • meet the age requirements
  • rely on a relative in Australia, and you are sponsored by them or their partner.

About this visa

The Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 114) was permanently closed to new applications on 2 June 2014. The information contained on this page is for visa holders or people awaiting a decision on their visa application.

For more information see Closing of Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas.

All applications lodged before 2 June 2014 will continue to be processed as normal. See Other Family Visa Queue for more information.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent visa. It allows you and your family to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely as an Australian permanent resident
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • travel to and from Australia as a permanent resident for five years from the date the visa is granted - after that time you will need to apply for another visa if you want to return to Australia.

More information on Australian permanent residence, including eligibility for government services and benefits, is available.

The Australian Government limits the number of Aged Dependent Relative visas (subclass 114) it grants each year.

Aged Dependent Relative visa applications are given a lower priority than other family visas, such as partner and child visas. You can find information on processing times at Family Members, Capping and Queuing.

Visa applicants

This information is for current applicants for an Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114).

You must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.

After you have applied

Wait for a decision

We assess applications for this visa in the order in which they are lodged, see Other Family Visa Queue and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions.

There is high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places are available. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queuing arrangements. This means your application is considered in two stages:

  • Your application is assessed against the core requirements for this visa. It is then either placed in a queue to wait for a visa place to become available, or it is refused. If it is placed in a queue, we will tell you your 'queue date'. In the interest of fairness and equity, we are not able to move your application ahead of others in the queue even if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.
  • When a visa place becomes available:
    • we assess your application to check whether you still qualify for this visa (including health and character requirements and an assurance of support)
    • if you qualify for the visa, we ask for the second instalment of the visa application charge
    • we make a final decision about your visa application.

If your visa is granted, you must be outside Australia when it is granted.

Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you book your travel.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are responsible for the cost of health assessments and any other tests.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more, during the past 10 years, since you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are responsible for the costs of police certificates or any other certificates. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Debts to the Australian government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application, whether they are migrating or not.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change after you have applied for this visa. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Assurance of support

A person or organisation must give you an assurance of support. They can be your sponsor or another person. Up to three people can provide an assurance of support for you.

An assurance of support is a legal commitment to provide you with financial support so you do not have to rely on social security payments.

The assurance covers you and the family members included in your application.

An assurer must:

  • lodge a bond for each applicant 18 years of age or older, which is:
    • AUD5000 — for the main applicant
    • AUD2000 — for each adult family member included in your application
  • repay any recoverable social security payments you receive in the first two years of living in Australia.

If the assurer is an organisation, a larger bond is required for each application.

The bond is refunded two years after your first entry to Australia once your visa has been granted. Any debts to the government are deducted from the bond and only the balance is refunded.

We will tell you how and when to lodge an assurance of support after we receive your visa application.

More information about the assurance of support and how much you should pay is at the Department of Human Services.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name, date of birth, and either your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a seperate email or letter.

You can remove one or more applicants and still continue with your visa application. Let us know in writing if you wish to do this. Include the signature of the person you are removing from your application if they are 18 or older.

Visa decision

You must be outside Australia on the date your visa is granted.

If the visa is granted, we will send you a letter or email to tell you:

  • when you can use the visa - date first entry must be made before
  • the visa grant number.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will send you a letter or email advising:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any)
  • the time limit for lodging a request for review of the decision (if applicable).

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted an Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent visa. It allows you and any family members who have also been granted the visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • travel to and enter Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted – if you travel after this time you will need a return residence visa or another visa to return to Australia.

More information on Australian permanent residence, including eligibility for government services and benefits, is available.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Sponsors

This information is for a person who is sponsoring an Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114).

Sponsor obligations

For two years after they are granted this visa and arrive in Australia, you must continue to help your relative and their accompanying family members settle in Australia by providing (if necessary):

  • accommodation
  • financial assistance.

Assurance of Support

If you have also provided an assurance of support, you must support your relative and their family for two years after their visa is granted:

  • providing financial support so they do not have to rely on any government forms of income support
  • repaying the Australian Government for any social security payments
  • paying a refundable bond before the visa is granted.