102 VISA

Adoption Visa Subclass 102

Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448

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INDAH MELINDASARI, B.Com

MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019

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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.