Remaining Relative Visa 115

115 Visa Australia

Remaining Relative Visa 115 Australia

This permanent visa lets people move to Australia to be with their only close family members.

Stay: Permanently

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With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia as a Permanent resident
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare

You must

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare.
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship

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

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa until the travel validity expires.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel validity:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

To see when your travel validity ends, use VEVO.

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

For citizenship purposes, you become a permanent resident at the time:

  • you enter Australia on this visa; or
  • if you previously have been present in Australia and held a permanent visa immediately before last leaving Australia, when we grant this visa

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. You an also add them to your application at any time before we make a decision.

You should 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 our health and character requirements.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we decide your application.

Processing times

We don’t provide processing times for this visa. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queueing.

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We can’t process your application if you don’t pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

Family migration visas are in high demand. It might take many years for this visa to be granted. 


We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

  1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
  2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

Don’t arrange to move to Australia until we grant the visa. We will let you know in writing if we grant you the visa.

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Have a sponsor

You must be sponsored by an eligible parent or step-parent, sibling or step-sibling, or an eligible partner of your relative.

We must approve the sponsorship.

Not have other near relatives

We will not grant you this visa if:

  • you or your partner have a near relative who usually live outside Australia, or
  • you or your partner have a near relative who live in Australia on a temporary visa (and are not an Eligible New Zealand citizen) or unlawfully. Temporary visas include bridging visas.

Have assurance of support

You must be able to obtain an assurance of support.

An assurance of support assures us that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa. The assurance is for you and any family members who come to Australia with you on this visa.

We will let you know when you need to provide the assurance of support.

Meet the health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

We might also ask that other family members also meet the requirement.

Meet the character requirement

You and family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

We might ask that other non-migrating family members meet the requirement.

Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government

If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have an approved arrangement to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

Sign the Australian values statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet
  • sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws

Best interests of the child

We will not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

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Read And Associates offer Professional Guidance

Here at Read and Associates our team of migration agents can provide you with the appropriate guidance and advice which will help you put forth the best visa application possible. Specialising in applications for medical professionals, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can work with you. Book a consultation to find out more.