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Parent Visas (Temporary and Permanent Options)

So you’ve migrated to Australia and now you wish to have your parents join you!

Australia has both temporary and permanent options for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents to help them migrate to Australia.

PLEASE NOTE while Australia’s international borders are closed to all temporary residents, there is no exemptions or exceptions to the rule for parents who are currently residing offshore even if they are a current holder of a temporary visa.

Parents are not eligible to apply for a temporary visa whilst outside of Australia due to the closure of our international borders. Therefore, they sadly are unable to visit you in Australia whilst there is a travel ban in place. There was hope that this could change but with the recent announcement that international arrivals are being cut by 50% from 14 July it doesn’t look likely that parents are going to be added to the automatic ‘exemption’ for travel to Australia.

The only visa available for parents to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to apply for, whilst offshore and our borders remain closed, is the offshore Contributory Parent Visa. It won’t allow you to arrive immediately, as the process for this visa class is taking four to five years to be finalised, but it will give you peace of mine to know that you’re in that queue to be granted permanent residency. The lengthy processing is due to the annual capping of parent visas and popularity of the visa class due to 30% of population being born overseas.

Visitor visas (Temporary)

For many people, a permanent contributory parent visa may be out of the reach, financially, and the non-contributory visa not practical due to the lengthy processing times.

A visitor visa may be a fast and inexpensive alternative to bring parents to spend time with family in Australia. Longer validity visitor visas are available for parents of Australian permanent residents and citizens. Parents of Australian permanent residents and citizens currently have the option of using the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa stream to spend time with their children, which enables longer stays in Australia of up to 12 months in any 18-month period.

Unfortunately, if you’re currently offshore and the holder of a Subclass 870 visa you are not exempt to enter Australia whilst our international borders remain closed due to the current pandemic; this is despite you being vaccinated.

Sponsored Parent Visa (Temporary)

The Subclass 870 visa is a temporary visa which allows a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to visit Australia for up to three (3) or five (5) years.

The visa allows parents to remain in Australia for a longer period of time, up to five years at a time without departing. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay.

More information can be found at the Temporary Sponsored Parent subclass 870 visa.

Parent Visa (Permanent)

The Parent Visa enables parents of children who are Australian citizens or permanent residents to be sponsored for permanent residence in Australia.

The Parent visa migration program is capped and queued, some visa types have a long processing time of up to 30 years. Your application will be processed in the order in which they are lodged.


Primary requirements

Further Criteria for Contributory Aged Parent visa

What is an Assurance of Support?

The Assurance of Support (AoS) is a promise to pay back any income support provided to the visa holder during their initial stay in Australia. The AoS support period differs for each visa type.

This time starts when your visa is granted.

During the AoS period should you experience any financial hardship then the money used to provide you with income will come from the ‘AoS bond.’

An Assurer must:

Parent Visa Categories

There are currently six classes of Parent visas which fall into two major categories – non-contributory and contributory. They may also be classified on the basis of an applicant’s age; and temporary and permanent residence.

The major difference between Contributory and Non- Contributory Parent Visa

There are two pathways for permanent residency for parents: ‘non-contributory’ and ‘contributory’. The non-contributory Visa has a much longer processing time although attracts a lower Government application charge. The contributory parent visa can be processed a lot sooner but the application charge is far greater.

There is however an option to spread the costs for the contributory parent visa over two stages. The first stage is where the provisional visa is applied for which is approved for a period of two years. The second stage of the application is applied for prior to the provisional visa expiring, where you can apply for the permanent stage, paying the balance of the fees.

Parent Visa Success Story

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Contributory Parent Visa

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