Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

Sunday 5 November 2023

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

The Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115) is a permanent visa that allows individuals to move to Australia to be with their only close family members. This visa is designed for individuals who have a remaining relative who is an Australian citizen, Permanent resident, or an Eligible New Zealand citizen. In order to be eligible for this visa, applicants must have an eligible sponsor.


When applying for the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115), it is important to note that you must be outside Australia during the application process. You must also ensure that you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a remaining relative of an Australian citizen, Permanent resident, or an Eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Have an eligible sponsor.

It is recommended that you seek assistance from a registered migration agent or legal practitioner when applying for this visa. They can provide guidance and ensure that your application is filled out correctly.

With This Visa, You Can

Once granted the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115), you will have the following privileges:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely as a Permanent resident.
  • Work and study in Australia.
  • Enroll in Australia's public healthcare scheme, Medicare.
  • Sponsor your relatives to come to Australia.
  • Apply for Australian citizenship if eligible.

It is important to note that newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.

Travel to and from Australia for 5 Years

With the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115), you can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the visa is granted. After the initial 5-year travel validity, you will need to apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

If you are considering Australian citizenship, becoming a citizen eliminates the need for a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia.

How Long You Can Stay

The Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115) is a permanent visa, allowing you to stay in Australia indefinitely. You become a permanent resident at the time you enter Australia on this visa or if you previously held a permanent visa before leaving Australia.

Include Family

You have the option to include members of your family unit in your application when applying for the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115). You can also add them to your application at any time before a decision is made. It is important to include details of all your family members, whether they are migrating or not, in the application form. Family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the health and character requirements.


The cost of the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115) varies. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you. The visa application fee is paid in two parts, known as instalments. The first instalment is paid when you apply, and the second instalment is paid when requested by the authorities. Other costs, such as health checks, police certificates, and biometrics, may also apply.

Applying for the Visa

To apply for the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115), you must be outside Australia. The application process involves completing Form 47OF Application for migration to Australia. You must provide accurate information and include all required documents. It is recommended to keep a copy of your completed application for your records.

Processing Times

Processing times for the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115) can be lengthy due to the high demand. It is advisable to use the visa processing time guide tool for an indication of processing times for recently decided applications. Your application may take longer if it is incomplete or if additional information is required. The application is subject to capping and queueing, and priority is given to certain categories. The Reports on Migration Programs provide further information on processing priorities.

Your Obligations

As a visa holder, you and your family members must obey all Australian laws. It is important to comply with your sponsorship obligations if you are the sponsor of the visa applicant. This includes providing support, accommodation, and financial assistance for the first 2 years the applicant lives in Australia.

For more detailed information about the Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115) and the application process, visit the official website of the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

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