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Subclass 102

Adoption visa

Children under 18 may be sponsored for the Subclass 102 Adoption visa from overseas in certain circumstances.


Be adopted or in the process of being adopted

 To be eligible to apply for an Adoption visa (subclass 102), the child must:

  • have been or be in the process of being adopted through an inter country adoption or arrangement with the involvement of an Australian state or territory central authority, or
  • have been or be in the process of being adopted through an inter country adoption between 2 countries (other than Australia) that are parties to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter country Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention), or
  • have been adopted through an expatriate adoption (with no Australian state or territory central authority being involved). The adoption must be by an Australian citizen, an eligible New Zealand citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa. They must have been living outside Australia for more than 12 months before lodging the visa application.

Have a sponsor

  • The child must be sponsored by an eligible adoptive parent or prospective adoptive parent. 

Be this age

  • The child must be under 18 at the time of adoption, when the application is submitted and when the DIBP make their decision. 

Meet the health requirement

  • The child and any dependent child who applies for the visa with them must meet our health requirement.

Meet the character requirement

  • If the child is aged 16 years or older they must meet our character requirement.

Repay debt to the Australian Government

  • If the child or any member of the child's family owes the Australian Government money it must be paid back or there must be a formal arrangement to pay it back.

Best interests of the child

  • The DIBP might not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

Adoption Visa Assessment

Please Fill up the assessment form to find out about your eligibility for Subclass 102 visa.