This visa lets parents live temporarily / permanently in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.
The applicant might be eligible to apply for a parent category visa if:
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 the applicant’s links to Australia.
The applicant meets the balance of family test if:
The following visa options allow a parent to live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident. An applicant can only process one parent visa at a time; so if the applicant has an application under process for any type of parent visa and wants to switch to another type of parent visa, the applicant must withdraw the existing visa application at the same time or before applying for a new parent visa.
This is permanent visa with a processing time up to 30 years. However, the visa application charge is comparatively cheaper than other parent visas.
This is a temporary visa with a higher visa application charge but significantly faster processing time.
This option is only applicable if the applicant is prepared to pay higher visa application charge for faster processing and has an assurance of support.
If the applicant holds a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173):
This is a permanent visa which is only applicable if the applicant meets the age requirements. This visa has a processing time up to 30 years. However, the visa application charge is comparatively cheaper than other visas.
This is a temporary visa which is only applicable if the applicant is prepared to pay higher visa application charge for faster processing and meets the age requirements.
This is a permanent visa which is only applicable if the applicant is prepared to pay higher visa application charge for faster processing, meets the age requirement and has an assurance of support.
If the applicant holds a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884), the applicant:
Applications for a permanent parent category visa require an assurance of support. It is a legal commitment from an individual or organization to give the applicant financial support so s/he does not have to rely on social security payments. The assurance covers the applicant and any family member included in the application. The person or organization required to give the applicant an assurance of support can be your sponsor or another person.
Parent and Aged Parent category visas are subject to capping on yearly basis. If the applicant is applying for a visa that has reached the capping limit, s/he must wait in a queue until more visa places become available. This might be for many years and the applicant will have to continue to meet all visa requirements.
As per the subclass of the parent category visa granted, the visa holder can:
Yes, the applicant can apply for a Visitor visa. However, visitor visa is not designed for the purpose of remaining in Australia for extended periods to await a migration outcome. Therefore, the applicant must meet all requirements, including the genuine visitor criterion, for the visa to be granted.
Depending upon the type of visa applied, parent category visa allows an applicant to live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident, or live in Australia as an Australian permanent resident.
The best suited Parent visa option varies depending on the applicant’s circumstances such as whether s/he is applying in or outside of Australia, the processing time, visa application charges etc.
An applicant can apply for this visa in Australia if the current visa that the applicant holds allows to apply for another visa while in Australia. However, as this visa is designed for the offshore applicants, one will not be eligible for a Bridging visa to stay in Australia and one must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.
For an applicant applying Parent visa (subclass 143) directly, if s/he is more than 18 years at the time to application, the second installment charge is currently AUD 43,600; whereas, for an applicant who is less than 18 years at the time of application it is AUD 29,130.
As Parent visa (subclass 103) is subject to capping by the department, there is a long waiting time for this visa before it is approved, which currently is up to 30 years.