The Carer visa allows people who need to care for an Australian relative with a medical condition to migrate to or remain in Australia. The person requiring care must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. They must also be either a relative of the applicant, or a member of that relative's family unit.
Your Australian relative must:
- be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen;
- usually reside in Australia;
- be your partner, child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew (or step-equivalent);
- be at least 18 years old;
- be willing to sponsor your application.
Your application may also be sponsored by your relative's spouse or de facto partner, if that person lives with the Australian relative, is 18 years or older and is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen.
As a visa applicant you must:
- have a relative in Australia who meets the requirements referred to above, and who requires your care (or whose close family member requires your care);
- be willing and able to provide substantial and continuing care required by your Australian relative (or your relative's close family member);
- fully understand what kind of care or assistance your relative needs;
- meet health and character requirements (family members must also meet these requirements, if included in the application).
Either your Australian relative OR a member of that relative's close family MUST have a medical condition that:
- causes physical, intellectual or sensory impairment of their ability to attend to the practical aspects of daily life;
- requires care of a type that cannot reasonably be provided by any other relative or obtained from welfare, hospital, nursing or community services in Australia;
- is likely to require assistance for at least two years;
- has been assessed and verified by Bupa Medical Visa Services.