Viva Voce Assessment
1.Was the visa applicant a ‘dependent child’ of her mother at the time the visa application was lodged pursuant to REG. 1.03 of the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth)? (15 marks)
Yes. At the point in time when the visa applicant was applying for the child visa, she was a ‘dependent child’ of her mother. Pursuant to REG 1.03 of the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth), a ‘dependent child’ is one who is dependent, wholly or significantly, on the parent (in this case the mother). From this description, the visa applicant can thus be classified a ‘dependent child’ since the mother took responsibility for the daily welfare, care as well as development of the visa applicant.