Subclass 116 – Carer Visa

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Subclass 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

Carer Visa Subclasses


Carer Visa has two subclasses. They’re,

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

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


Applicants need to meet the eligibility criteria for Carer Visa in Australia. It includes;

  • You must provide care for a relative, or a member of the family who lives with them, who cannot access healthcare in Australia.
  • You’ll need your relative or their partner to sponsor you for your first two years in Australia.
  • If you’re applying for subclass 116 so you must be outside Australia.
  • You must be residing in Australia while you apply for subclass 836.
  • It is necessary to be genuinely willing and capable of helping your relative in Australia.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements set by the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).
  • You must not have any debts to the Government of Australia before getting your Carer Visa.

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

Stay Period 

Carer Visa (subclass 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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