Subclass 116 – Carer Visa

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Visa 116 – Carer Visa Australia

Do you want to get some medical treatment from Australia? This visa allows people to come to Australia or stay longer in Australia to:

  • Get the medical treatment
  • Support someone who needs medical treatment from Australia
  • Donate an organ to someone or receive an organ from someone in Australia

The applicant can apply for this visa both from inside or outside of Australia. Visa is usually granted for up to 3 months if applied from outside Australia. And visa is granted for up to 12 months if applied from within Australia

Two subclasses of Carer visa Australia


Carer Visa has two subclasses. They’re,

  • Visa 116 for applicants outside Australia.
  • Visa  836 for applicants residing in Australia.

Carer Visa Processing Time – Subclass 116: No standard time available

Eligibility for Carer Visa Australia

The Department of Home Affairs has set eligibility criteria to apply for Visa 116. It includes;

  • You must be residing outside Australia to apply for subclass 116.
  • Your relative or partner must sponsor you for the first two years in Australia.
  • If your relative, or a member of their family who lives with them, has no reasonable access to care in Australia, you must provide them medical care.
  • It is necessary to meet all health and character requirements.
  • You must have paid back all your debts to the Australian Government if there’re any.

Eligibility for Carer Visa 836:

If you’re applying for Carer Visa 836, then you must;

  • Be present in Australia while lodging your visa application and when the Department of Home Affairs grants you the visa.
  • Provide care to a relative or a member of their family who cannot access care in Australia.
  • Be sponsored by a close relative, spouse, or de facto partner for your first 2 years in Australia.
  • Hold any substantive visa except a Transit visa (subclass 771).
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Have paid back all debts to the Australian Government.


You must comply with all eligibility requirements to obtain a Carer Visa. Meeting the eligibility criteria also speeds up the carer visa processing time.

Requirements for Relatives 

If you’re a relative of Carer Visa applicant and need healthcare so, you must meet certain requirements. These requirements include;

  • You must be residing in Australia as a permanent resident, an Australian citizen or an eligible citizen of New Zealand.
  • Visa applicants must either be their spouse, child, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, granddaughter, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.

Requirements for Sponsors 

If you want to sponsor an applicant for a Carer Visa (subclass 116 or subclass 836), you must;

  • Aged 18 years or older.
  • You must be a relative of the applicant who needs healthcare or a de facto partner or spouse living in the same residence in Australia.
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible citizen of New Zealand.


Carer Visa Australia costs around AUD 3,890. However, you’re required to pay for health checks, biometrics and police certificates separately.

Stay Period 

Visa 116 is a permanent visa. It allows people to stay in Australia permanently.


Carer Visa holders can avail many benefits while living in Australia. As you can;

  • Live in Australia permanently.
  • Enroll in a study course.
  • Work in the Australian firms.
  • Sponsor your relatives to visit Australia.
  • Travel from and to Australia as many times as they want for 5 years.
  • Apply for citizenship in Australia if eligible.
  • Enroll in Medicare for public healthcare and medical services in Australia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Become a Foster Carer NSW?

The foster care helps children and young people who cannot live with their families. As a foster parent, your responsibility is to provide a stable, safe, and nurturing family environment to children. If you want to become a foster carer in NSW, you must be at least 25 years of age.


You must be an Australian permanent resident or Australian citizen. Most importantly, you must be in a good health. Further, there shouldn’t be any criminal records against you.

Is Becoming a Carer for a Family Member Australia Possible?

Yes, it’s possible to be a carer for a family member in Australia. If your family member is in a long-term medical condition, they can sponsor you for a Carer Visa. Australia offers a Carer Visa 116 to people who want to move to Australia and provide care to their loved ones.

Carer Visa is the best option for you to support your family member who has no reasonable access to care options in Australia. You can live with them permanently in Australia.

How to Apply for Carer Visa UK?

To be eligible for a Carer Visa UK, you must:

  • Be a certified doctor, nurse, health professional, or adult social worker
  • Be working in health care or social services
  • Work for a company in UK that has been approved by the Home Office
  • Hold a “certificate of sponsorship” from your company explaining the role being offered to you in the UK
  • Earn a minimum salary. It depends on what you do.

What Form is in 836 Carer Visa?

If you want to sponsor someone for a Carer Visa, you’ve to complete a Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia. Complete this form and submit it to the applicant so they can apply for a Carer Visa.

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