Carer visas enable an overseas relative to live in Australia to assist in the long-term medical care of a relative. This is so that the person may remain at home and be cared for by a family member, rather than through community aged care, disability or other support services in Australia.
The Carer visa category is comprised of two subclasses:
Carer Visa Subclass 116
This visa is for those applicants who have a relative in Australia who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen who is suffering from a long-term or permanent medical condition. This visa enables you to live in Australia to assist in the care of your relative where your relative has no other readily available means of long-term care. An appropriate sponsorship by your relative must be made alongside an application for this visa. This is a permanent visa.
Carer Visa Subclass 836
This visa is the same as above, however it is for applicants who have already entered Australia on a temporary visa who wish to become the carer for a relative who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen. This is a permanent visa.
Even if you do not meet some criteria you may be eligible for a different visa or may be able to demonstrate circumstances that will grant you an exemption from certain requirements. To determine your eligibility for a carer visa take our free online assessment.