Australian Visa and Non-Travelling Dependants


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Does a non travelling child need a medical?

The answer appears to be.. Yes.

All applicants for permanent visas, including the main applicant,
partner and any dependants, must be assessed against the health requirement.

Even if the applicant’s partner and dependants are not included in the visa application, they must still be assessed against the health requirement.

For Australian Visa purposes a Dependant Child must not be married, engaged to be married, or have a de facto partner; and must be:


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  • under 18 years of age; or
  • 18 years of age, and over, but not yet turned 23, and be dependant on you or your partner; or
  • over 23 years of age and be unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and be dependant on you or your partner (Note: The child will still need to meet Australia’s health requirement).

From 19 November 2016 the definition of the ‘member of the family unit’ changed.

Applicants for the offshore Partner or Prospective Marriage visas (300 or 309) cannot include any children over the age of 23 unless they are dependant and disabled.

The onshore Partner visa (Subclass 820/801) is different in that they can include children over the age of 23, if it can be shown that the child is still dependant upon the parent and is not engaged to be married nor has a spouse or de facto partner.

The establishment of dependency, for children 18 or over, is considered on a case by case basis.

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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