The Orphan Relative Visa (Subclass 117) allows a child to stay in Australia indefinitely. It grants the child the right to work and study in Australia, enroll in Medicare (Australia's public healthcare scheme), sponsor relatives to come to Australia, and apply for Australian citizenship if eligible.

Frequently Asked Questions

   The child must be sponsored by an eligible sibling or step-sibling, grandparent or step-grandparent, aunt, uncle, step-aunt, or step-uncle. The sponsor must be a settled Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen, or hold an Australian permanent visa.

   Yes, the child can include their dependent children on their application when they apply or at any time before the application is decided.

   The Orphan Relative Visa is only granted if the child has no parent who can care for them. This could be due to the parents being deceased, permanently incapable of caring for the child, or unable to be found.

   Yes, the Orphan Relative Visa will only be granted to a child under 18 if they have the written consent of everyone who can legally decide where they live. Alternatively, if the laws of the child’s home country allow them to leave or if it is consistent with any Australian child order about the child, written consent may not be required.

   Yes, if eligible, the child can apply for Australian citizenship after holding the Orphan Relative Visa. They will need to meet the citizenship requirements and go through the citizenship application process.

   Yes, the visa grants a travel facility for 5 years from the date of grant. The child can travel to and from Australia as many times as they want during this period. If they wish to travel after the initial 5-year period, they will need to apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) or consider applying for Australian citizenship.

   Each sibling must make a separate application for the Orphan Relative Visa. They cannot be included in the same application as the main applicant.

The processing time for the Orphan Relative Visa can vary significantly, ranging from 31 months to 114 months. It is important to consider this timeframe when planning to apply for the visa.


It is recommended to visit the official Department of Home Affairs website or consult with a qualified migration agent for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Orphan Relative Visa (Subclass 117).

Currently, there are no frequently asked questions available for the Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114).