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Parent Visa Australia

PARENT VISA AUSTRALIA

There are many visa types for Parents of Australian citizens or Permanent residents who like to bring their parents to Australia. Journey Group have agents who are specialised in Parent and Family migration. Whether inside or outside Australia we can assist you in a range of family migration including Parent, Aged Parent, Contributory Parent visas. Contact us to get updated information on family migration options.

PARENT CATEGORY VISAS

You might be eligible to apply for a parent category visa if:

  • you have a child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • your child has been living in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before you lodge your visa application
  • you have a sponsor
  • you meet the Balance of family test criteria
  • you meet health and character requirements.
How long can I stay in Australia on a parent category visa?

A parent category visa allows you to:

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident, or
  • live in Australia as an Australian permanent resident.
Sponsors

You will need to have a sponsor to apply for a parent category visa to live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.

A sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen who:

  • is 18 years of age or over
  • has lived in Australia lawfully for at least two years before the parent lodges their visa application.

There are special provisions for a sponsor under 18 years of age.

These provisions are explained in the visa options below.

Balance of family test

All applicants for a parent visa must meet the balance of family test.

The balance of family test is designed to determine the extent of your links to Australia.

You meet the balance of family test if:

  • at least half of your children live permanently in Australia, or
  • more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.
Visa options

The following visa options allow a parent to:

  • live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.
Which visa option is right for me?

The following scenarios are designed to assist a person to understand which visa options might be available to them.

Parent visa options vary depending on your circumstances, including:

  • if you are applying in or outside of Australia.

SPONSORED PARENT 870 VISA

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:

  • be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be outside Australia (unless invited in writing to apply by the Department), for at least 90 days if the applicant holds or has previously held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for four years
  • provide evidence of health insurance
  • not have an outstanding public health debt (unless appropriate arrangements have been made to repay the debt)
  • satisfy health, character, and national security requirements.
  • sponsors will need to have a taxable income of at least $83,454.80
  • Unlike permanent Parent visas, there is no Balance of Family Test requirement for this visa, meaning a visa applicant is not required to have more than half of their children residing in Australia.

The visa application charge is:

  • $5,000 for a visa of up to three years’ duration; or
  • $10,000 for a visa of up to five years’ duration.

PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 103) APPLYING FROM OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA

Scenario 1

  • You are applying outside Australia
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident

Visa option: Parent Visa (subclass 103)

To apply for a Parent Visa (subclass 103), a parent must:

  • Meet the balance of family test
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Have a sponsor

Processing time

  • Up to 30 years

CONTRIBUTORY PARENT (TEMPORARY) VISA (SUBCLASS 173) APPLYING FROM OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA

Scenario 2:

  • You are applying outside Australia
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You want to live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident
  • You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing

Visa option: Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173)

To apply for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173), a parent must:

  • have a sponsor
  • meet the balance of family test
  • meet health and character requirements.

CONTRIBUTORY PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 143)

Applying either in or outside Australia

Scenario 3:

  • You are applying either inside or outside Australia
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident
  • You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing

Visa option: Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

To apply for a Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143), a parent must:

  • meet the balance of family test
  • have an assurance of support
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have a sponsor.

Processing time

We process applications for this visa in date of lodgement order and according to the planning levels set in the Migration Programme each year. Given the ongoing strong demand for this visa processing times might vary between programme years.

If you hold the Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) and you would like to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply for the Permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) before your temporary visa expires.

AGED PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 804)

Applying in Australia

Scenario 4:

  • You are applying inside Australia
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident
  • You meet age requirements

Visa option: Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)

To apply for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804), a parent must:

  • meet the age requirements
  • meet the balance of family test
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have a sponsor.

Processing time

Up to 30 years

CONTRIBUTORY AGED PARENT (TEMPORARY) VISA (SUBCLASS 884)

Scenario 5:

  • You are applying in Australia
  • You have a child who lives in Australia and you want to live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident
  • You meet age requirements
  • You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing

Visa option: Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884)

To apply for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884), a parent must:

  • meet age requirements
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • have a sponsor.

CONTRIBUTORY AGED PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 864)

Scenario 6:

  • You are applying in Australia
  • You have a child who lives in Australia and you want to become a permanent Australian resident
  • You meet age requirements
  • You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges

Visa option: Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)

To apply for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864), a parent must:

  • meet age requirements
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have an assurance of support
  • have a sponsor.

If you hold a Temporary Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 884) and you would like to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 864) before your temporary visa expires.

PROCESSING TIMES FOR FAMILY VISAS

Actual processing times are dependent on a number of factors

ASSURANCE OF SUPPORT (BOND)

Assurances of support can be required for a number of visa types. Simply stated, an assurance of support is an agreement to financially assist a migrating family if necessary, to ensure that cost to the Australian taxpayer is minimised. The assurer agrees to repay social security payments claimed by the visa applicant or members of the family migrating to Australia. These payments include:

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