Bringing your Parents to Australia.

Parent Visas

Parent Visa Program

Bringing Your Parents To Australia

So you’re settled and happy in Australia but there’s always this niggling feeling whenever you think of your parents living in a country many miles away.

Whether it’d be for a visit or to move them over permanently, there are a number of options you can explore if you’re thinking of bringing mum and/or dad over to Australia.

Unless your parents meet the definition of an ‘Aged Parent’ (someone who is old enough to be granted the Aged Pension in Australia), all applications for a Parent visa must be lodged overseas. Depending on the category of the visa, the processing times vary significantly along with the visa application charges.

Visa Type

Parent Visa

Applying for a PR for your Parents

The Eligibility Requirements for most of the Parent visa streams (if not all), the main eligibility criteria to be met by the visa applicants are:
  • The balance of family test: at least 50% of your children (biological and step children) must be either Australian citizens or permanent residents or an eligible NZ citizen residing predominantly in Australia (for at least 2 years prior to time of application).
  • The ability to meet health and character requirements.
  • Have an eligible sponsor.

Lodging a Parent Visa Overseas

The options available for an offshore application:

Temporary visas:

Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173)

  • Has a visa duration of 2 years.
  • Significantly higher visa application charges due to shorter processing times.
  • Applying for this visa allows an applicant to subsequently apply for the permanent stage (Subclass 143) and spread the total visa costs between the processing times of the two subclasses.

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Subclass 870

  • Allows an applicant to visit and stay in Australia for up to 3-5 years at a time.
  • Upon the expiry of the first visa, you may have the option to re-apply for a cumulative s stay of up to 10 years in Australia.
  • Does not lead to any permanent visa pathways.
  • Is essentially a Visitor Visa for Parents.
Permanent visas:

Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143)

  • Substantial visa application charges
  • Upon grant, the applicant (and any secondary applicants) are entitled to reside in Australia indefinitely.
  • Assurance of Support required in the form of a bond that is paid to the Australian Government to be held for a period of 10 years. The purpose of this payment is to provide financial support for the visa applicants and to ensure that they do not rely on social security payments for the first 10 years in Australia.
Parent Visa (Subclass 103)
  • Relatively lower visa application charges
  • Visa processing can span up to 30 years.
  • An Assurance of Support is required.

Lodging an application in Australia

The Aged Parent Subclasses are the only visas that fall within this space. Similar to the Parent visas discussed, the categories are differentiated based on their visa status:

Temporary visas:
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa has a visa duration of 2 years.
  • Significantly higher visa application charges due to lesser processing times.
  • Applying for this visa allows an applicant to subsequently apply for the permanent stage (Subclass 864) and spread the total visa costs between the processing times of the two subclasses.
Permanent visas:

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 864)

  • High visa application charges
  • Upon grant, the applicant (and any secondary applicants) are entitled to reside in Australia indefinitely.
  • An Assurance of Support is required in the form of a bond that is paid to the Australian Government to be held for a period of 10 years. The purpose of this payment is to provide financial support for the visa applicants and to ensure that they do not rely on social security payments for the first 10 years in Australia.
  • Applicants often apply for this subclass as a subsequent visa to the Subclass 884 visa.
Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 804)
  • Much lower visa application charges
  • Visa processing can span up to 30 years.
  • An Assurance of Support is required.
How can we help

What We Can Do For You

The Parent visa subclasses can be rather complex given that the processing times are quite lengthy and depending on which stream you’re applying for, may involve significantly high visa application charges. As a result, you want to ensure that you’re getting the best advice in terms of visa eligibility prior to submitting your application. Not to mention, Parent visas are subject to capping and queuing so essentially, time is of the essence.

If you’re thinking of sponsoring mum and/or dad over to Australia, come and speak to us. We’ll go over your options, circumstances and most importantly, assess the eligibility of both you as the sponsor and your parents as the visa applicants.

Afterall, you really only get one chance to get it right.

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