Subclass 117/837-Orphan Relative Visa
Visa Class:
Date of Modification: 6 May 2022
Visa Category: family_visa
Visa Subclass: 117
Base Application Fee: 1660
Stream: Not applicable

Visa Introduction

  • migrate to Australia as a permanent resident
  • study and access Medicare
  • apply for Australian citizenship if eligible


The child must:

  • be under 18 years of age, single and with no parent to care for them
  • have a relative who is a settled Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • if choose to apply for subclass 117, the child must be outside Australia when the application is made and when we make a decision.
  • if choose to apply for subclass 837, the child is in Australia at time of application and at time of decision



Sponsorship requirements

  • The sponsor must be a settled Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident.
  • The sponsor must help the child settle in Australia.
  • The sponsor  must provide adequate accommodation and financial support to meet the child's reasonable living needs. This will be for their first 2 years in Australia.

Processing Time

  • 25% of applications: 31 months
  • 50% of applications: 49 months
  • 75% of applications: 59 months
  • 90% of applications: 76 months

Visa Application Checklist

Have no parent who can care for them


Have consent to migrate to Australia


Best interests of the child

Want to know more about this visa?

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