102 VISA

Adoption Visa Subclass 102

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MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019


Adoption Visa (Permanent) / 102 Visa Brief Overview

The Adoption Visa (subclass 102) allows children under 18 years of age who lived outside Australia and have been adopted or are about to be adopted by an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia permanently with their sponsor parents.

Starting from the 14th of December 2015, the Department of Home Affairs is unable to accept adoption visa applications for children who have been adopted in Pakistan. You will be eligible for this visa if you have met these minimum requirements below.

Adoption Visa (subclass 102) Requirements:

  • The child has been or is in the process of being adopted by their sponsor.
  • The child must be under 18 years of age at the time of adoption, when the application is submitted and when the decision is being made.
  • Sponsored by an adoptive parent who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Meet the character and health requirements
  • The child must be under 18 at the time of adoption, when the application is submitted and when the decision is made.

Adoption Visa (Subclass 102) Application Process

  • When you apply for the Adoption visa (subclass 102), the child should be outside Australia when the application is lodged and when the decision is being made. The adoptive parent acts as a sponsor for the child and usually lodge the visa application on behalf of the child.
  • The sponsor should also complete the application form, provided accurate documents, upload all the supporting documents and information on behalf of the child.
  • If the adoption is through a state or territory adoption authority, the sponsor can lodge the application before the adoption is finalised. Once the Adoption visa is granted, the child should enter Australia by the date specified in the visa grant letter.
  • When the child arrives in Australia, the sponsor must provide support for the child, including accommodation and financial assistance during their first two years in Australia.
  • The Immigration is unable to help arrange adoptions, they only assess and decide the application for this visa.

Adoption Visa Subclass 102 Processing Time:

There is no processing time for Adoption visa (subclass 102) and the application might take a longer time to process if you don’t fill it correctly or you don’t include all the documents that are needed.

That’s why it’s important to know the documents needed before you apply for this visa. The application also can’t be processed if the applicant doesn’t pay the visa charge incorrectly.

Adoption Visa Subclass 102 Cost

The visa costs for this visa is AUD2,665 for the main applicant, but there is also an additional charge for each of the child’s dependent children who apply for this visa. There might be additional charges for health exams, police clearance certificate, and biometrics.

What You Can Do As A 102 Visa Holder

The child becomes a permanent resident on the day when the visa is granted. As this visa is a permanent visa, this visa lets the child stay in Australia indefinitely. The child should obey all Australia laws and when they have this visa, they can:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely with their adoptive parents.
  • The child can apply for Australian citizenship if they are eligible.
  • Work and study once they arrive in Australia with this visa.
  • Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme.
  • Sponsor their relatives to come to Australia.

As the Adoption visa is a permanent visa and this visa is valid for 5 years. You should extend this visa through applying for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) before the visa expires in order to allow the child to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

Frequently Asked Questions

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