A Dependent Child visa (subclass 445) is a temporary visa for the child of a parent who holds a temporary Partner visa that does not already include the child.
If this visa is granted, the child also needs to make a permanent Partner visa application before the parent’s permanent Partner visa is decided.
This temporary visa:
- allows a child to travel to and from or
- stay in Australia until their parent’s permanent Partner visa is finalised
- is required if the child is to be added to a permanent Partner visa application after a temporary Partner visa has been granted to their parent.
This visa can be granted only if you can show one of the following for a child younger than 18 years of age:
- you have the written consent of each person who can legally decide where the child lives
- the laws of the child’s home country permit the removal of the child
- it is consistent with any Australian child order.
The child’s parent must hold a temporary Partner visa or a Dependent Child visa.
The child must:
- be a biological child, stepchild or adopted child of their visa-holding parent
- be under 18 years old or dependent on their visa-holding parent
- be single.
Length of stay
The child’s visa is valid while the parent’s temporary Partner visa or Dependent Child visa is valid.
Usually, a Dependent Child visa will be valid until a decision is made on the child’s permanent Partner visa application.