Registered Migration Australia




The Aged Dependent Relative Visa Subclass 838 is a permanent visa that allows some older people who meet age requirements to stay in Australia if they rely on an eligible relative in Australia to provide financial support.

You must be in Australia when you lodge your application and you must be in Australia when the visa is granted.



Aged Dependent Relative Visa Subclass 838 entitlements


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.



Aged Dependent Relative Visa Subclass 838 eligibility


You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are sponsored by a relative or their partner who lives in Australia
  • do not have a spouse or de facto partner
  • meet the dependency requirements
  • meet the age requirements
  • have someone who will provide an assurance of support
  • meet health and character requirements.



Aged Dependent Relative Visa Subclass 838 Sponsor requirements


You must be sponsored by the relative on whom you are financially dependent, and who has provided this support for a reasonable period (usually three years) before you lodge your application. Their partner can also be your sponsor.

Your sponsoring relative or their partner must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • usually resident in Australia
  • settled in Australia as:
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen.





To be considered an aged dependent relative you must not be married or in a de facto relationship.

You must be able to demonstrate that you have been wholly or substantially dependent on your relative in Australia for financial support for your basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, or because you have a disability which prevents you from working.  This support must have been continuing for at least three (3) years before your application is lodged.


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