The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a Child Booklet designed to help you understand who qualifies to migrate to Australia, and how to make an application. The booklet also contains the necessary information along with the relevant application forms.
There are different types of visas for child migration.
Child (Subclass 101)
This visa is for applicants who are the dependent child of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and are younger than 25 years old when the application is lodged.
Orphan Relative (Subclass 117)
This visa is for applicants (under 18 years of age) who are orphan relatives of an Australian relative who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Adoption (Subclass 102)
This visa is for applicants (under 18 years of age) who have been lawfully adopted by an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
If you are planning to adopt a child overseas, please be aware that the Australian Embassy Visa and Immigration Section cannot give advice or information on adoption requirements or the adoption process in Thailand (or any other country).
Please refer to the department's website for the following Adopting a Child from Outside Australia
Important: If the child was adopted before the parent became an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen, they should instead apply for a Child visa (subclass 101)
Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445)
This visa is for applicants who are the dependent child of the holder of a visa-holding parent such as subclass 309, 310, 445, 820, or 826 and is sponsored by the nominator or sponsor of the visa holding parent.
Health & character requirements
All applicants must undergo a medical examination. In some circumstances you may be requested to undertake character requirements. More information explaining the health and character requirements are available from this website. See: Health requirements and Character requirements
How to apply
- Download the Child Migration checklist (English / Thai) The checklist will help you prepare all the documents you need for the application and the booklet will provide you with more information.
- Download and complete the correct form
Sponsors/parents of the child should complete Form 40CH
Child visa application should be made on Form 47CH
For Dependent Child subclass 445 application must include Form 918
- Make sure you have the right application fee
- Read the information on how and where to lodge your application
The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.
For current processing times please visit: Global visa and citizenship processing times.