Parent Visas (Temporary and Permanent Options)

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

Nearly half of all Australians were either born overseas or had at least one parent who was.

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

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.

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.

The 870 visa is also an alternative if you don’t meet the balance of family test which is required for the permanent parent visa options.

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

  • Parent of a citizen or permanent resident
  • The Applicant must be the parent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident who has spent at least two (2) years living in Australia
  • Balance of Family Test
    You must pass the balance of family test (at least half of the applicants’ children and step-children must be citizens or permanent Residents in Australia, or more of the main applicants’ children must be settled permanent citizen or residents of Australia than any other single country)
  • Applications lodged onshore for both the non-contributory and contributory parent visas require the main applicant to be 67 years of age or older.
  • Assurance of support (AoS)- Applications for a permanent Parent category visa require an AoS, which is a legal commitment from an individual or organisation to give the applicant financial support, so they do not have to rely on social security payments.

Further Criteria for Contributory Aged Parent visa

  • The main applicant of this visa must be 67 years of age or older, however, if they have a partner aged younger than this, they can be included as a secondary applicant.
  • Health and Character
    Your parents will need to meet health and character requirements and will need to undertake a medical assessment, chest x-ray and HIV test.
  • Assurance of support (AoS)- Applications for a permanent Parent category visa require an AoS, which is a legal commitment from an individual or organisation to give the applicant financial support, so they do not have to rely on social security payments.

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.

  • 10 years for Contributory Parent Visas (143 / 864)
  • 4 years for Parent Visas (103/804)

This time starts when your visa is granted.

An Assurer must:

  • Be an adult (i.e. over 18 years of age);
  • Be usually resident in Australia;
  • Have sufficient income to ensure that they can meet any debts if they arise – income, assets, liabilities and spouse’s income may all be relevant to the assessment of the Assurer’s financial status; and
  • Be able to provide a notice of assessment issued by the Australian Taxation Commissioner for each of the last two financial years.

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.

Let one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents take the worry out of the process, by contacting us to assist with the lodgement of your application.

Contact us to us talk you through the best option for you and your family.

Parent Visa Success Story

Parent Visa Success Story

Maimoona & Shahida

After immigrating to Australia with her husband in 2015, Maimoona wanted to bring her mother, Shahida to Australia to live with them permanently. With the help of Migration Downunder they have been able to reunite after obtaining her Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa.

Maimoona says, “I had a great experience with Migration Downunder. I am so grateful for their advice and for making it so easy for me to get my mother here on a long-term Australian parent visa.”

Would you like to know more about your prospects for a visa?

Eligibility is the most important step in determining whether a person may meet the legal criteria for a visa application and one consultation could save you money.

Before any immigration advice can be provided, we must hold an initial consultation which will attract a fee of $385.

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