Australia has both temporary parent visas and permanent parent visas options for your parents, If you are migrated and now wish to have your parents with you in Australia, you may be eligible to apply for your parent’s visa.
You have some different options on both temporary and permanent visas to help your parents to migrate to Australia with various time frames and requirements.
Parent Visas Subclasses
If you are already settled in Australia on permanent residency, Australian citizenship or eligible New Zealand citizen you can apply for a parent visa for your family.
Parent visa allows parents to permanently or temporarily migrate and join their children in Australia. However, there are a number of factors that determine whether your parents qualify for this visa or not.
- Residence status of child sponsoring the parents
- The amount of time sponsoring a child has been living or lived in Australia.
- Applicant must meet health and character requirement
- You must have the balance of the family sheet
There are some other factors that apply while applying for the visa, you can ask the Immigration officer for more details.
Currently, there are two main categories where you can apply are classified as contributory, and non-contributory.
Parent Visa Subclass 103
The parent Visa (subclass 103) is suitable for the parents whose child/children or step child/children is living in Australia as a permanent residence, Australian Citizen, or Eligible New Zealand Citizen. The visa allows parents to permanently migrate to Australia and join their family.
However, It depends whether you qualify for this visa or not based on some different factors such as; Residence status of your child, the time your child has spent and lived in Australia, you meet the balance of family test, meet health and character requirement.
Parent Visa (Subclass 103) is currently full for the next 25 to 30 years because of a long queuing and capping system, which makes Contributory visa the main focus to apply. Although, If the applicant is currently in Australia and eligible for a 103 visa, and the current visa is nearly to expire the applicant will not be eligible for a Bridging visa. The 103 visa requires the applicant to be outside Australia while the decision is made on their application.
The Non-Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 103) is currently full for the next 25 to 30 years because of a long queuing and capping system, which makes Contributory visa the main focus to apply.
In Contributory Visas you still have to decide to choose one of the two types.
Contributory Parent Visa (Subclass 143):
The Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) is a permanent visa for your parents which costs around AUD 47,755. The applicant can stay in Australia indefinitely, work or study and can apply for Australian Citizenship.
Contributory Parent Temporary Visa (Subclass 173):
As the title suggests, the contributory parent temporary visa (subclass 173) is valid for two years and costs nearly AUD 31,930. The applicant can work and study in Australia, and after two years the applicant can apply for a permanent contributory visa.
While a contributory parent visa has a much shorter processing time than a non-contributory, you have to pay much higher fees for visa application. However, there is an option to split the costs into two instalments. You have to pay the first instalment while applying for the visa, and the second instalment will be paid when asked to be by Home Affairs.
Sponsored Parent Visa (Subclass 870)
The 870 visa is a temporary visa that allows the parents of the sponsor(child) to travel and stay in Australia for up to 3 or 5 years. The sponsor must be an Australian Citizen, permanent residence or eligible New Zealand citizen.
The applicant can apply for a further visa for up to 10 years maximum. However, the application should be submitted online within 6 months of the sponsorship approval. To be able to lodge the application the child of a parent is required to have an approved Parent Sponsor.
The 870 visa costs around $5000 AUD for 3 years visa, and $10000 AUD for 5 years visa.
Aged Parent Visa 804
The Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 804) is for the onshore applicants only for the older parents already living in Australia on a temporary visa to get the permanent residency visa. The child of that older aged parent applicant must be Permanent Residents of Australia, Australian Citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Same as 103 visas, the 804 visa also has a long queuing and capping system for up to 15 to 20 years, the applicant must be aged enough to receive the age pension in Australia, and must not have held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Subclass 870 Visa.
Contributory aged parent (temporary visa) Subclass 884
The Contributory aged parent visa (subclass 884) is a temporary visa for the aged parents who have a child living in Australia as a permanent residence, Australian Citizen, or eligible New Zealand Citizen.
The 884 visa is a temporary visa that allows the applicant to travel and live in Australia for up to 2 years and can not be extended. However, if you want to stay in Australia permanently you can apply for the 864 visas before the 884 visa expires.
The application fees for contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 884) is around $33,285 AUD. Because of the long queue and capping in non-contributory visas, this might be the best possible choice to be with your family.
Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 864)
The 864 visa is a permanent residency pathway for the 884 visa holders, the applicant can stay in Australia permanently with this visa. However, the applicant is allowed to travel in and out of Australia for up to 5 years.
The 864 visa allows the aged parent to get all the benefits as a permanent residence in Australia included Australian Health Care Scheme, MEDICARE. The costs of the 864 visa are around $ 47,755 AUD.
General Requirements For Parent Visas
- Applicant must have a sponsor for the visa (Child or spouse of a child)
- Meet the Balance-of-family test.
- Applicant must meet health and character requirement
- Must not have in debt to Australian Government
- Applicants must not have previously cancelled or refused a visa application.
- Assurance of support from their child
For More Information, you can contact our immigration experts.