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Subclass 445: Dependent Child


Subclass 445 visa allows a child to stay in Australia temporarily while the Department of Home Affairs processes his or her parent’s application for a permanent partner visa whilst holding a provisional partner visa. The child can only apply for this visa before the permanent visa application is finalised.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for this visa, the child must be:

  • Under 18 years (exemptions may apply); and
  • Dependent on a parent who holds a certain visa; and
  • Sponsored by the same person who sponsored or nominated their parent’s permanent Partner visa application.

Age Requirement

The child must be either under 18 years, or if over 18 years, financially dependent on the parent who has the temporary Partner or Dependent Child visa

Dependency Requirement

The child must be dependent on a parent who holds a:

  • Subclass 309 – Partner (Provisional) visa; or
  • Subclass 820 – Partner (Provisional) visa.

In addition, the child must apply to be added to their parent’s permanent Partner visa application when they have been granted the Subclass 445 visa.

A dependent child is a child or stepchild of a person under the age of 18. Children who are engaged, married or in a de facto relationship cannot qualify as dependent regardless of their age.

Sponsorship by a Visa Holding Parent

The child must be sponsored by the same person who sponsored or nominated their parent’s permanent partner visa application. The sponsorship must be approved by the Department.

The sponsorship may not be approved if the sponsor or their partner has been charged or convicted of offences involving children.

Relevant Public Interest Criteria:

4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4007, 4009, 4020, 4021, 4019 (if applicable), 4017 and 4018 (if applicable).

Visa Conditions

There are no conditions associated with this subclass.

Application Fee

  • Base application charge: $2,665
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $1,330
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $670