The Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835) is a permanent visa for people who want to live in Australia to be with their only near relatives.
Your application must be made in Australia and you must be in Australia at that time.
You must be in Australia when the visa is granted.
More information is available from the Other Family Migration booklet.
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.
See information, including eligibility for government services and benefits, Australian permanent residence information.
You will not be able to sponsor any other relatives for a Remaining Relative visa.
See: Settle in Australia
Before you apply
The Australian Government limits the number of Remaining Relative visas it grants each year.
See Other Family Visa Queue for more information.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.
The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
Do not arrange for any checks until we tell you to.
This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835).
You must be in Australia and make your application in Australia; and you must be in Australia when the visa is granted. This applies to all applicants for the visa.
Who could get this visa
You might be eligible for this visa if:
- your (and your partner's) only near relatives live in Australia
- an eligible near relative or their partner will sponsor you and all family members included as applicants in your application
- you have someone who will provide an assurance of support
- you and your family members meet health and character requirements.
You should not apply for this visa unless you believe you are likely to be successful, as the visa application charge you pay will not usually be refunded if you withdraw your application or it is refused.
Who is your near relative
Your near relative is you or your partner's parent (including biological and step-parent), brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister, child (including stepchild) who has turned 18 years of age and is not a dependent child, or child (including stepchild) who has not yet turned 18 years of age and is not in your or your partner's daily care and control.
We do not consider how much contact you have with your near relatives when we make a decision about whether you are a remaining relative.
Who is your sponsor
Your sponsor must be your parent, brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister or one of their partners. They must agree to give you support, accommodation and financial assistance for your first two years of residency in Australia. This agreement includes any family members included as applicants in your application.
Your sponsor must be 18 years of age or older and one of the following:
Your sponsor must be settled and usually resident in Australia.
When you might not be eligible for this visa
Do not apply for this visa if:
- you or your partner have any near relatives, who are usually living outside Australia, or are only living in Australia on a temporary visa, Bridging visa or unlawfully
- your sponsor (or their partner) was the holder of, or sponsored someone else for, a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115 or subclass 835), Preferential Family visa (subclass 104) or Family visa (subclass 806).
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 must meet certain character requirements. 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 after 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.
Sign the Australian Values Statement
If you are older than 18 years of age, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
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.
You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
Including family in your application
You can include the following people in your visa application:
- your partner (married or de facto)
- your or your partner's dependent children.
These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
How to apply
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835). You must be in Australia when you make your application. Your application must be made in Australia.
Prepare your documents
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
Complete the application forms
You must complete the following forms to apply for this visa. You must lodge all the forms together.
If you have any dependent family members who are 18 years of age or older, complete:
If you have any dependent children who are under 18 years of age, complete:
Your sponsor must complete:
Lodge all the forms together. Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when you apply.
Lodge your application at the Perth office in Western Australia - attention Child and Other Family Processing Centre.
Email enquiry form:
You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.
After you have applied
After you have lodged the your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.
Wait for a decision
We assess applications for this visa in the order in which they are lodged, subject to the Other Family Visa Queue.
There is high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places. 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)
- if you qualify for the visa, we ask for the assurance of support and 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 in Australia when it is granted.
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you would be able to get a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
Provide more information
You can provide more information to us, in writing, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you have previously 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. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family. You can use the following forms:
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 and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.
We will not usually refund the visa application charge.
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 jointly 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 be prepared to provide a bank guarantee. This will involve the assurer depositing money with the bank to cover the value of the bank guarantee.
The assurer must:
- lodge a bond for each applicant older than 18 years of age, 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 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 your application has been assessed and is released from the queue for final processing.
More information about the assurance of support can be found at the Department of Human Services.
If the visa is granted, we will send you a letter or email to tell you:
- when you can use the visa
- the visa grant number.
Usually you will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
- why the visa was refused
- your review rights (if any)
- the time limit for lodging a request for review of the decision (if applicable).
You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.
Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.
Your application could be delayed if you do not lodge complete forms and relevant documents to prove your claims.
Complete these forms:
Complete this form if it applies:
For anyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older and is not your partner:
Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge.
You will be asked to pay the second instalment before the visa is granted. If you do not pay this charge the visa will be refused.
- If someone gives you advice or lodges your application for you, that person completes:
- Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (135 kB PDF) (the agent or exempt person completes the form and you must sign it).
- If you would like someone to receive correspondence from us on your behalf, that person completes:
- Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient (120 kB PDF) (the recipient completes the form and you must sign it).
- Certified copies of birth certificates, family status certificates or family books for each person included in your application, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
- Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.
- These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
- Print the name of the person on the back of each photograph.
- If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed,: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.
- Certified copies of marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you, your partner and anyone else included in your application, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
- If you are living in a de facto relationship: independent evidence that you have been in the relationship for at least 12 months (for example, joint bank account statements or billing accounts in joint names).
- If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce decree absolute, or statutory declaration/separation certificate.
- Evidence of dependency for all dependants aged 18 years of age or older (such as evidence of current studies):
- a certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
- proof that the relative lives in your household
- proof that they have been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.
- Evidence of your relationship to your sponsor, such as a certified copy of birth certificate, marriage certificates, death certificates, adoption certificates, or family status certificates or family books (when these documents are officially issued and maintained)
- Evidence that your sponsor is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
- Evidence that your sponsor is settled and usually resident in Australia
- Certified copies of death certificates for any near relatives who are no longer alive.
- Certified copy of the child's birth registration showing both parents' names. If you cannot get this document, provide a certified copy of the identification pages of at least one of the following documents:
- family book showing both parents' names
- identification document issued by the government
- document issued by a court that verifies the child's identity.
If relevant, provide the same documents for anyone included as a dependent child of your child.
- If any dependent child included in the application is adopted: certified copies of the adoption papers.
- If you want to bring a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child's other parent is not included in the application: documentary evidence that you have the legal right to include that child in your application, such as:
- Evidence of dependency for all dependants aged 18 years of over, such as:
- bank records;
- other financial statements.
- If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.
- Police checks for everyone included in the visa application who is 16 years of age or older:
- an Australian National Police Check for anyone who has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
- police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.
Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.
This information is for a person who wants to sponsor a family member for a Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835).
Who can sponsor a family member
You can sponsor a family member for this visa if you are their near relative. This means you are their brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister or parent. Your partner can be the sponsor, provided you live together.
To be a sponsor, you must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- settled and usually resident in Australia
- an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen .
You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
You must also agree in writing to provide support, accommodation and financial assistance for your relative and any accompanying family members for their first two years in Australia following grant of this visa.
If you are an eligible New Zealand citizen, you will also need to meet character and health requirements.
When you might not be able to sponsor a family member
Neither you nor your partner can sponsor someone for this visa if:
- you have ever been granted or successfully sponsored someone for any of the following visas:
- Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)
- Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)
- Preferential Relative visa (subclass 104) (now closed to new applicants)
- Family visa (subclass 806) (now closed to new applicants).
How to sponsor
Complete the following form and lodge it with the visa application:
Change of sponsor
Your relative can change their sponsor before we make a decision about their application. The new sponsor will have to lodge their own completed:
For two years after they are granted this visa in Australia, you must continue to help your relative and their accompanying family members settle in Australia by providing (if necessary):
- 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 by:
- 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.
Report changes in circumstances
Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
You can use the following forms: