The Parent Visa is for parents who wish to migrate to Australia to be with their children. The application must be sponsored by one of their children. The sponsoring child must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is settled in Australia. To be deemed 'settled', an Australian permanent resident must have been residing in Australia for at least 2 years prior to lodgement of the Parent Visa application. An Australian citizen must have been residing in Australia for at least 3 months prior to lodgement.
There are several Parent Visa options, with varying processing times and costs. Parents over a certain age may be eligible to apply for an onshore 'aged parent' Visa which allows them to remain in Australia on a bridging Visa during processing.
Parent Visa Categories
Permanent Parent Visa Categories
- Contributory Parent: Class CA (Contributory Parent–Migrant (subclass 143)
- Contributory Aged Parent: Class DG (Contributory Aged Parent–Residence (subclass 864)
- Parent: Class AX (Parent–Migrant (subclass 103)
- Aged Parent: Class BP (Aged Parent–Residence (subclass 804)
Temporary Parent Visa Categories
- Contributory Parent (Temporary): Class UT (Contributory Parent–Temporary (subclass 173)
- Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary): Class UU (Contributory Aged Parent–Temporary (subclass 884)
- Sponsored Parent (Temporary): Subclass 870
Common criteria for all Parent Visa subclasses
- Complete correct Visa application forms and lodge them at the relevant office of the department
- Pay applicable Visa fee
- If applying for an onshore Parent Visa, the main applicant must meet the age requirement. They must be old enough to receive the Australian aged pension.
- Must meet the Balance of Family Test
- Must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor, who must be: either the applicant’s child or the spouse of the applicant’s child over 18 years of age and Settled in Australia – this means lawfully resident in Australia for two (2) years – an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
- If the parent is in Australia at the time of application they may be prevented from applying for a Parent Visa if they do not hold a substantive Visa, which is any Visa other than a:
- Bridging Visa
- A criminal justice Visa
- An enforcement Visa
- Hold a sponsored visitor Visa
- Have had a Visa cancelled or refused since they last arrived in Australia.
- Last Visa was granted on the condition that they would not be granted a substantive Visa while in Australia
- Are in immigration detention
- Have previously applied for a protection Visa
- Must obtain an Assurance of Support (AoS) before the Visa can be granted
- Must lodge a Security Bond
- Must pass Health Test
Please note that visa specific criteria will also apply depending upon the option chosen.
These visas change depending on your location and circumstances, so find out what you are eligible for. Fill our free online assessment form today and we will get back to you.