A Child visa is a permanent residency visa that allows an eligible parent to sponsor their child to live in Australia indefinitely. The parent can apply on behalf of a child younger than 18 years of age.
As the visa applicant, the child must:
Be the child of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen (there are special requirements for adopted children)
Be single (i.e. not married, engaged or in a de facto relationship)
Be under 25 years old at the time that your application is lodged.
If the applicant is between 18 and 24 years old, they must be a full-time student AND financially dependent upon their sponsor, OR must have a disability that prevents them from working. Additionally, the applicant must NEVER have been married or had a de facto partner.
The parent who is sponsoring your visa application must:
Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
Be the applicant’s biological parent or adopted child of the sponsoring parent (child's dependents can be included in the application. This includes the child's dependent children or other dependent relatives)
NOT have been convicted of (or have an outstanding charge for) an offence against a child (this requirement also applies to their parent's spouse or de facto partner, if relevant)
Be 18 years or older at the time that their application is lodged (or have a spouse or de facto partner who is eligible to sponsor your application)
If they are under 18 years old, have:
The sole legal right to decide where the child can live OR
Have a statutory declaration from any other person who has the legal right to decide where the child can live, granting permission for you to migrate to Australia OR
A valid court order permitting the child’s permanent removal from the child’s home country