Adoption Child Visa 102

This Child visa lets children adopted outside Australia live in Australia with their adoptive parent.

Child Visa 102 Adoption

With this child visa 102 – adoption

  • stay in Australia indefinitely with their adoptive parent
  • work and study in Australia
  • enroll in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor their relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Adoption compliance certificate

An adoption compliance certificate (ACC) is a certification that a full and permanent adoption has occurred under the Hague Convention or a bilateral agreement.

Although the format of an ACC may vary, the certificate will usually:

  • specify the date and place where the adoption took place
  • identify the child and the adoptive parents by name and
  • identify the two countries involved in the adoption.

Child for adoption

Full and permanent adoption

An adoption where the legal ties to the birth parents are severed and, under law, the adoptive parents obtain full parental rights.

Simple adoption

An adoption has occurred but the bonds with the birth parents are not severed under law

Australian citizenship

Children adopted by Australian citizens may be eligible for Australian citizenship automatically or by application depending on the adoption arrangement.

For policy and procedure relating to citizenship for adopted children, please contact us 

To be submitted at the time of application

Completed form 40CH Sponsorship for a child to migrate to Australia and any required supporting documentation (for example, evidence of permanent residence status or Australian citizenship).

Letter from Australian STCAA supporting the adoption:

  • details of the visa applicant including name, sex, date of birth, nationality, and place of usual residence
  • a statement that the applicant has been allocated to the prospective adoptive parents, by a competent authority in the country of the child’s usual 

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