Child visas can be a great way to reunite families living in different countries, but there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right visa. Here are the pros and cons of the two most common child visas: the offshore child visa subclass 101 and the onshore child visa subclass 802. Here are their similarities and differences, the requirements for each, and the application process. Before applying, it's good to understand better the two visas and which one might be the best fit for your family.

What are the differences between the two visas?

Offshore Child Visa Subclass 101 and Onshore Child Visa Subclass 802 are two different types of visas. The Offshore Child Visa (Subclass 101) is for children outside Australia when applying for a visa. This visa allows the child to enter Australia permanently and live with their parent or legal guardian.

  • The Onshore Child Visa (Subclass 802) is for children already in Australia when they apply for the visa. This visa allows the child to stay permanently with their parent or legal guardian in Australia.

These visas provide the child with permanent residence in Australia and allow them to access certain rights and privileges, such as the right to work, study, Medicare, and other social security benefits.

  • One key difference between the two visas is the eligibility criteria. The Offshore Child Visa (Subclass 101) requires that the applicant is outside Australia when they apply and must have a parent or legal guardian living in Australia who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible citizen. The Onshore Child Visa (Subclass 802) requires that the applicant is already in Australia when they apply and must have at least one parent or legal guardian living in Australia who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible citizen.
  • Another key difference is the processing time for each visa. The Offshore Child Visa (Subclass 101) typically takes longer to process than the Onshore Child Visa (Subclass 802). This is because applications from outside Australia require additional steps, such as health checks and character assessments, which can take up to 6-12 months to complete.

It is important to note that both of these visas are subject to specific conditions, including age restrictions and financial requirements, which can vary depending on the type of visa applied for. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met before applying for either of these visas.

What are the benefits of each visa?

  • Offshore Child Visa Subclass 101: This visa allows the child to migrate and live in Australia with their parent/s or legal guardians. It also allows them to study and work in Australia. The visa holder can travel in and out of Australia as often as they want during its validity period of up to five years.
  • Onshore Child Visa Subclass 802: This onshore child visa 802 allows the child to stay in Australia for up to three years with their parent/s or legal guardians. The visa holder can also work and study in Australia and can travel in and out of the country multiple times while the visa is valid. In addition, this visa gives the child access to a range of government services, including Medicare.