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Dependent Child Visa (Temporary) Visa 445 – Complete Information

Indah Melindasari MARN 0961 448
Updated April 2024
445 Visa - Dependent Child Visa (Temporary) Australia

445 visa or Dependent Child Visa is a temporary visa allowing your children to live, work and study in Australia. 445 Visa is a great option for you if you’re holding a 309 Visa or 820 Visa and looking forward to having your dependent child join your Permanent Partner Visa application (subclass 100 or subclass 801). Let’s dive to understand the 445 Visa processing time, how much is a 445 Visa and how to apply for Visa 445 in 2024.

What are the requirements for 445 Visa?

The requirements that your child must meet to be eligible for the 445 Visa are:

  • Your child should be under 18 years old or between 18 and 25 years old.
  • Your child must be either your biological, adoptive or step child.
  • Your child must be sponsored by the same person who sponsors your 309 Visa or 820 Visa application.
  • You, as the parent, must hold either a 309 Visa or 820 Visa.
  • Your child must meet health and character requirements.
  • Your child must be physically and financially dependent on you as their parent.
  • Your child at least is your responsibility and sponsor.

In addition, consider the following notes before apply for a 445 Visa for your child:

  • Guarantee your child that staying with you in the country is in their best interest.
  • Prove that it is acceptable for your child to be granted this visa and for everyone who respects the child’s decisions.
  • If your child is over 18 years old, they agreed to sign the forms about obligations for Australian laws.
  • If your child is under 18 years old, they need written consent from people who can legally decide whether they stay in the country or not.

Your child can be in or outside Australia when applying for the 445 Visa. If your child is applying for the 445 Visa onshore, ensure that their current substantive visa does not have the “NO FURTHER STAY” condition.

What your child can do with the visa

  • Your child can study, work and live in Australia until the decision is made for your permanent Partner Visa (subclass 100 or subclass 801).
  • Your child can travel to or from Australia without travel restrictions.
  • Your child can join the Medicare scheme once you’ve included them to your permanent Partner Visa application.

Including family members to 445 Visa application

Your child can apply for 445 Visa with their dependent child.

If you’re planning to apply for 445 Visa for 2 or more dependent children, you must lodge a different 445 Visa for each dependent child.

How much is a 445 Visa in 2024?

The cost for 445 Visa are:

  • The cost for the main applicant is AUD 3,055.
  • The cost for dependent applicants 18 years old and above is AUD 1,530.
  • The cost for dependents below 18 years old is AUD 765.

The visa cost might change in July every year.

445 Visa Processing Times

The 445 Visa processing time is currently between 14 to 19 months. The 445 Visa processing time might change depending on the visa backlog, so it’s best to check the 445 Visa processing time regularly here.

Also, the following conditions may affect the 445 Visa processing times:

  • You don’t fill in the documents correctly.
  • The Department of Home Affairs needs more information from you and your children.
  • It takes their time to ensure your applications.
  • It’s cliche, but you must prove that you have biological similarities with your child.

How to apply for Visa 445?

To apply for 445 Visa, you have to pass the following steps:

Step 1: Check your child’s eligibility for the 445 Visa

Step 2: Gather all documents in certified copies such as:

  • Your child’s identity documents,
  • Photographs of your child,
  • Completed and signed Form 918 – Application for a subclass 445 (temporary) visa by a dependent child,
  • Character documents, ensure your child above 16 must provide the Form 80 – Personal particulars for assessment, including character assessment and police clearance certificate,
  • Provide evidence of your relationship with your child (such as a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, an adoption certificate, a family status certificate or a family book),
  • Your child’s financial documents if they’re over 18 to ensure that your child is still dependent on you as the parents (bank statements, money transfers, rent receipts),
  • For children under 18 years of age, ensure to have parental responsibility documents.

Step 3: Apply for your visa, and make sure that you don’t make any mistakes.

  • The 445 Visa is a paper based application, which means you must lodge the application on paper and post it to the following processing centre:
    • Sending 445 Visa application by post to: Department of Home Affairs, Child and Other Family Processing Centre, Locked Bag 7, NORTHBRIDGE WA 6865, AUSTRALIA
    • Sending 445 Visa application by courier to: Department of Home Affairs, Child and Other Family Processing Centre, Wellington Central, 836 Wellington Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005, AUSTRALIA
  • If paper based application is quite complicated for you, ONEderland Consulting is ready to make it seamless for you.

Step 4: Waiting for the decision

  • Considering the processing time is quite long (more than 1 year), it’s important to keep the Department of Home Affairs updated on your and your child’s circumstances.
  • If there’s any changes, such as changes on residential address, passport details, etc. you must update it to the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 5: When your child have this visa

  • Once granted this visa, your child must apply for the same permanent Partner visa as you.
  • Your child must be known for Australian laws while they’re staying in the country.
  • If they want to travel, make sure that you have this visa granted and when it’s not granted yet, ensure that your child has another eligible visa that allows them to travel.

How long will the visa last?

445 Visa is a temporary visa that will be valid until the decision for your permanent Partner Visa application is made or if you decide to withdraw your permanent Partner Visa application.

If anything happens and your child has to extend their stay, they can’t apply for another 445 Visa. You must consider other types of visa to allow them to live in Australia longer.

445 Visa Australia Frequently Asked Questions

ONE derland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent, Indah Melindasari, B.Com (MARN 0961 448) is here to answer your questions!

  1. Can we apply for the child if me and my partner are in a de-facto relationship and still waiting for a permanent partner visa?
    • Yes, you can apply for the 445 visa for your child even though you are in a de-facto relationship. You must make sure that you hold a valid subclass 309 or subclass 820 visa.
  2. How about other evidence to prove that they’re still dependents of me as their parents, despite the fact that they’re over 18?
    • It is best to get the advice from the professional registered migration agent to avoid providing false documents. Book your appointment with our registered migration agent here.
  3. How do I apply for my child when I’m still outside of Australia?
    • You still have to send all required documents by post or courier to the respective processing centre specified above.
    • The international post or courier service fee must be paid, and the fee is quite costly. If you’re in this case, having ONEderland Consulting as your appointed migration agent will be beneficial as we will send all documents by post on your behalf, so you don’t need to worry about it.
  4. What if I’m granted a permanent partner visa in Australia, can my child apply for this visa?
    • You can’t apply for this visa if your permanent partner visa has been granted. You may consider to find other visa option to bring your child living in Australia with you.

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