The Orphan Relative Visa (Subclass 837) is a humanitarian visa designed for children who are under 18 years of age and are living outside Australia, without the care of their parents due to exceptional circumstances. This visa allows these children to live in Australia permanently with their Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen relative.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Age: The applicant must be under 18 years of age at the time of application.
  2. Orphaned: The child must be without the care of either parent due to exceptional circumstances.
  3. Sponsorship: An eligible Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen relative must sponsor the child.
  4. Health and Character: Applicants must meet health and character requirements.
  5. No Parental Support: The child must not have either parent in Australia or in their home country who can provide care and support.

Document Checklist:

  • Passport and travel documents
  • Birth certificate and proof of orphan status
  • Relationship proof with the sponsoring relative
  • Health assessments
  • Character documents
  • Proof of sponsorship and financial support

Application Process:

  1. Sponsorship: The eligible relative applies to sponsor the orphaned child in Australia.
  2. Application Submission: The orphaned child’s application for the Subclass 837 visa is submitted online, including necessary documents such as identification, relationship proof, health assessments, and character documents.
  3. Processing: The application undergoes processing, during which additional documents might be requested.
  4. Visa Grant: Upon approval, the child is granted the Subclass 837 visa, allowing them to live in Australia permanently.

Benefits and Privileges:

  1. Permanent Residency: Allows the child to live in Australia permanently.
  2. Work and Study Rights: Visa holders can work and study in Australia.
  3. Access to Healthcare: Eligible for Australia’s healthcare system, Medicare.
  4. Travel: Allows multiple entries and exits from Australia while the visa is valid.
  5. Social Services: Eligible for various social services and benefits provided to Australian permanent residents.


Q: Can the child’s siblings also be included in the application?
A: Yes, siblings who are also orphaned and meet the eligibility criteria can be included in the same application.

Q: Is there an age limit for the sponsoring relative?
A: There is no specific age limit for the sponsoring relative, but they must meet the eligibility criteria as an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Q: What kind of support does the sponsoring relative need to provide?
A: The sponsoring relative needs to demonstrate that they can provide emotional, financial, and long-term accommodation support to the orphaned child. Proof of financial stability and accommodation arrangements is essential.

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