The Carer visa is for applicants who need to care for a relative in Australia with a long-term or permanent medical condition OR to assist a relative providing this care to a member of their family unit with a long-term or permanent medical condition.
Am I eligible for a Carer visa?
- I am the relative or near relative of an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who requires long-term care or assistance to care for a family member living in their household
- The Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen relative is my partner, child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew (or step-equivalent)
- They have been assessed by the Department of Home Affairs as having a medical condition which significantly affects them in attending to the practical aspects of daily life and which will need direct care for at least 2-years
- They cannot reasonably get the care they need from any other relative in Australia or from welfare, hospital, or nursing community services in Australia
- I meet the health and character requirements
What does this visa allow me to do?
- Reside in Australia indefinitely with my family who were included in the application
- Travel in and out of Australia for the five years from the date the visa is granted. Thereafter I would need to apply for a Residence Return Visa
- Work, operate a business, study in Australia – if I choose to
- Buy property with the same terms and conditions as Australian citizens
- Enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- Apply for Australian citizenship (once I am eligible) by completing the resident requirements in Australia
- Sponsor eligible relatives who are eligible to meet a family visa (for example, partner) or certain skilled regional visas (subclass 491).