Under 18 Student Visa process

Visitor Visa for Child Under 18 to Australia

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you obtain a child tourist visa to Australia:

  1. Determine the Visa Type: First, ascertain the type of visa needed. Generally, a visitor visa suffices for short stays in Australia for tourism or visiting family and friends. If the child will engage in activities like studying or working, a different visa may be necessary.
  2. Gather Necessary Documents: For the visa application, you will need:
    • The child’s valid passport.
    • Birth certificate or other proof of identity.
    • Certified copies of the child’s birth certificate.
    • Certified copies of the non-travelling parent’s passport.
    • Child travel consent form for Australia: Signed Form 1229 by the non-travelling parent.
    • Proof of the child’s relationship to their guardian in Australia, if applicable.
    • Consent letter from the non-travelling parent.
    • Proof of travel purpose, such as an invitation letter from a host in Australia or travel itinerary.
    • Proof of financial means to support the child’s stay, like bank statements or pay stubs.
  3. Complete the Visa Application: Fill out the online visa application form, providing all requested information and documents.
  4. Pay the Visa Application Fee: A fee is required, the amount of which depends on the specifics of your application.
  5. Submit the Application: After completing the form and paying the fee, submit your application. This may include attending an interview or submitting further documents.
  6. Wait for a Decision: Processing times can vary, so it’s crucial to apply well in advance of your travel date.

How to Fill Out Form 1229

This form is necessary when one or more parents is not accompanying the child to Australia. Check your custody orders to determine if this applies. The form requires details about the child and their parents and is straightforward to fill out.

By meticulously planning and accurately completing the application process, you can enhance your chances of securing a visitor visa for your child to Australia.

All links can be found in the Visa Application links document.