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Parent Visas Onshore and offshore

Parent Visa for Australia

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you can bring your parents to Australia. The immigration department of Australia offers different types of visas for parents i.e., Parent Visa, Agent Parent Visa, Contributory Parent Visa. These visas will let your parent stay in Australia and live with their beloved ones.



Parent Category Visa

Applicant can apply for this visa if:

  • Your child is an Australian Citizen or permanent resident
  • Your child living in Australia for 2 years
  • Your child can be eligible sponsor
  • Meet the ‘family of balance test’
  • Meet the health and character requirement

This visa will allow you to stay in Australia for 2 years on Temporary basis or Live in Australia permanently as a resident.



Sponsor

This visa requires you to have an eligible sponsor.
Your sponsor must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
Must be over 18 years of age
Must be residing in Australia for more than 2 years before the application lodgment



Balance of Family Test

If you want to apply for a parent visa, you must meet the balance of family test. Balance of family test determines that you have strong links in Australia.
To meet the ‘balance of family test’, you must have half or more than half of your children in Australia. For an example, if you have 3 children and 2 of them are permanently living in Australia as a citizen or permanent resident. You will then meet the ‘balance of family test’.



Visa Option

You can live in Australia temporarily or permanently



Parent Visa - FAQs

Which Parent Visa is most suitable for me?
Read scenario below to understand which visa option is the most suitable for you:
Visa option also depends on where the applicant is at the time of Visa Lodgment. Applicant will have different options for ONSHORE or OFFSHORE application.



Sponsored Parent Subclass 870 Visa

  • This visa has two stream – Short Term and Long Term
  • Short term stream allows the holder to stay in Australia for 3 years and VAC is $5000
  • Long term stream allows the holder to stay in Australia for 10 years and VAC is $10000


Approved Sponsor

  • This visa subclass is also subject to the approved sponsor who has been residing in Australia for over 4 years and pass the income (Currently $83454 per annum) and health tests.
  • It is an offshore visa, and the applicant is expected to lodge the application from offshore unless the minister has permitted the application in writing to lodge the application onshore.
  • There is no ‘family balance test’ required for this visa subclass
  • This visa is subject to annual cap, usually sets between 15000-16000 and applicant needs to have their own health insurance. Medicare facilities are not provided for this visa subclass.


Parent visa subclass 103 – applying from outside Australia

Scenario 1:

  • Applicant wants to apply from outside Australia
  • Applicant’s child is Permanent Resident or Citizen of Australia and lives in Australia
  • Applicant wants to become Australia Permanent Resident

Then applicant may be eligible for Subclass 103
Applicant must meet:

  • The ‘balance of family test
  • Health and character requirements
  • Have an eligible and approved sponsor


Processing Time:

  • 30 years


Contributory Parent Temporary Visa Subclass 173 applying Outside Australia

Scenario 2:

  • Applicant is outside Australia
  • Your child lives in Australia
  • Your expected stay in Australia up to 2 years
  • If you are ready to pay higher fee for fast processing

You may be eligible for Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa subclass 173
To apply for Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa subclass 173, applicant must:

  • A have an eligible approved sponsor
  • Meet ‘the balance of family test’
  • Meet health and character requirements


Contributory Parent visa (Subclass 143)

Applicant can apply In or Outside Australia
Scenario 3:

  • Applicant is In or Outside Australia
  • Your child lives in Australia as a permanent resident or citizen
  • You want to become a permanent Australia Resident
  • You are happy to pay fast processing visa charges for your application

You may be eligible for Contributory Parent Visa subclass 143
To apply for Contributory Parent Visa subclass 143, applicant must:

  • Pass the ‘balance of family test’
  • Have an assurance of support
  • Health and character requirements
  • Have an approved sponsor


Processing time for Subclass 143

Applications for this visa subclass are processed according to the quota allocated for this subclass each year and the processing time may be varied depends in various factors.
If an applicant is holding contributory parent visa subclass 173, he/she can apply for Permanent visa subclass 143 before the subclass 173 expires.



Aged Parent visa – Subclass 804

This visa is designed for the aged parents and must be applied inside Australia
Scenario 4:

  • Applicant is in Australia
  • Your child is an Australian Resident or Citizen and lives in Australia on permanent basis
  • You want to get Australia Permanent Residency
  • You fall into Aged Parent Category and meet the age requirements
  • You may be eligible for Aged Parent Visa Subclass 804

To lodge the visa application for this visa subclass, applicant must:

  • Meet the age requirements
  • Pass the ‘Balance of family test’
  • Meet the health and character requirements
  • Have an approved sponsor


Processing time

Processing times for subclass 804 may take up to 30 years



Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa subclass 884

Scenario 5:

  • Applicant is in Australia
  • Your child is an Australia resident or citizen
  • You want to live in Australia for 2 years as a temporary resident
  • You meet the minimum age requirements
  • You are happy to pay high visa application charges to expedite the process

You may be eligible for Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa subclass 884
To apply for visa subclass 884, applicant must meet the following:

  • Age requirements
  • Pass the ‘balance-of-family’ test
  • Have an approved sponsor


Contributory Agent Parent Visa Subclass 864

Scenario 6:

  • Applicant is in Australia
  • Your child is an Australian resident
  • You want to become Australia Permanent resident
  • You meet the minimum age requirement to fall into aged parent category

If the applicant is already holding subclass 864 and it is about to expires. In that case, applicant can apply for a subclass 864 (Permanent Contributory Parent Visa)



Processing Time

Processing time varies and depends on various factors.



Assurance of Support (Bond)

Assurance of Support may be required for a parent visa and $5000 (Primary applicant) to $2000 (Secondary applicant) Bond period for subclass 103 and 804 is 2 years
Australian parent visas come with the complexities. You must make sure that your parents are residing in Australia on the best suited and affordable parent visa. Please book an appointment with our MARA Agent for an initial assessment for your parent visa.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.