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Hi guys,

I am an Australian citizen and have been living in Australia since late 2003.

I had a son in the UK in October 1997 and he will turn 23 this year.
We have had minimal contact - although he came over to Aus with his mum when he was 8. Over the past 3-4 years we have reconnected and are getting along well.
I have not been financially supporting him.
I would like to apply for the child visa for him as this will get him permanent residency.

Does anyone on this forum have experience in applying for this visa in biological kids over 18 and less than 25?

just a bit more info....
1) I'm aware that he needs to be enrolled in a full time course at the time of the application - and that this course needs to be one that results in a trade or occupation
2) I need to show that he is dependent on me financially while studying
3) We don't have health issues, no convictions and I have a great job

The migration agency wanted over $8000 AUD in fees (and that's on top of the $2600 visa application fee!) and there is no way I'm paying that.

Has anybody got any hints and tip about what documents are important and a few more details about what immigration will look at in regards to the course he is studying and the financial support I need to offer?

Thanks in advance!
Grant

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Hi guys,

I am an Australian citizen and have been living in Australia since late 2003.

I had a son in the UK in October 1997 and he will turn 23 this year.
We have had minimal contact - although he came over to Aus with his mum when he was 8. Over the past 3-4 years we have reconnected and are getting along well.
I have not been financially supporting him.
I would like to apply for the child visa for him as this will get him permanent residency.

Does anyone on this forum have experience in applying for this visa in biological kids over 18 and less than 25?

just a bit more info....
1) I'm aware that he needs to be enrolled in a full time course at the time of the application - and that this course needs to be one that results in a trade or occupation
2) I need to show that he is dependent on me financially while studying
3) We don't have health issues, no convictions and I have a great job

The migration agency wanted over $8000 AUD in fees (and that's on top of the $2600 visa application fee!) and there is no way I'm paying that.

Has anybody got any hints and tip about what documents are important and a few more details about what immigration will look at in regards to the course he is studying and the financial support I need to offer?

Thanks in advance!
Grant
How has he lived after turning 18 ?
His studies, jobs or expenses etc how has he met them ?

To be frank, visa 101 for a child above 18 will require a lot of documents , so you are better off with a Mara agent
But if you are sure you can do the research, go ahead
You may not find too much help on the forum as not too many members would have been in this situation


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Were you an Australian citizen when your child was born?

If so child is to be eligible for Australian citizenship.

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citi...nt#Eligibility

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2) I need to show that he is dependent on me financially while studying
AFAIK, you need to show that he has been dependent on you financially for at least 12 months before he applies for the visa. At least I'm certain I've read this in the past.

Honestly, if you want to look at sponsoring him for a visa so close to the age cut-off and without having financially supported him up until now, spending a bit of money at least on a consultation with a migration agent would be money well spent.

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A child 18 years of age or older must satisfy:

the applicant has, since turning 18, or within 6 months or a reasonable time after completing the equivalent of year 12 in the Australian school system, been undertaking a full-time course of study at an educational institution leading to the award of a professional, trade or vocational qualification.

and must not be married, engaged, or in a defacto relationship.

There is more to it than this, but if you cannot satisfy these conditions, there is not much point in consulting a RMA, unless you want advice about other possible visa strategies.

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Hi everyone

Firstly thanks for the replies and all the advice.

I have been quoted over $8K AUD by an agent - this is on top of the $2600 visa application fee.
I cant afford this right now.

He did study at a uni for a year or 2 after school but dropped out.
I have sent him gifts but not an allowance.

He is willing to join a college and study hospitality/chef etc

I'm going to have to do this alone I think...

Thanks again
Grant

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Hi everyone

Firstly thanks for the replies and all the advice.

I have been quoted over $8K AUD by an agent - this is on top of the $2600 visa application fee.
I cant afford this right now.

He did study at a uni for a year or 2 after school but dropped out.
I have sent him gifts but not an allowance.

He is willing to join a college and study hospitality/chef etc

I'm going to have to do this alone I think...

Thanks again
Grant
You might want to answer some of the questions raised by other members in this thread. Answering them might enable them to guide you.

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ok just to summarise and add some extra info....

1) my son was born on Oct 3 1997 after a brief relationship with his mother in the UK. My name is on the birth certificate.
2) I was not an Australian citizen at the time - I obtained that in 2006
3) He is a UK citizen and has lived there his whole life. After leaving school he started to study music at Bristol University but then dropped out. He supports himself and is not studying at the moment.
4) I did not have contact with him - apart from him visiting me in Australia briefly in 2007 - until I reconnected about 3-4 years ago. Since then our relationship has grown and it occurred to me that I may be able to help him live and work in Australia. He is very excited about the idea and we would like to get to know each other better.
5) He is willing to study further in the UK if it helps with the visa and get a decent job when he arrives.
6) He has no medical issues or criminal convictions
7) I have not been sending money directly to him but have bought Xmas and birthday gifts over the past 3-4 years.

I guess I would really appreciate any help this forum could give me as I would love it if my son could stay and work here - or just visit me when he feels like it.

I don't think the paperwork will be that complicated but any pearls of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

thanks!
Grant

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