There are three Parent Visas available which allow parents to live in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.
Option One: Parent Visa – Subclass 103
This visa will allow you to live in Australia with your child permanently and has the lowest application fee of all the Parent Visas. A two year Assurance of Support must be obtained (see below). This visa may be suitable if you are prepared to wait in a queue for your visa to be processed. Waiting times of up to 30 years for approval may apply..
Option Two: Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary) – Subclass 173
This visa will allow you to live in Australia for up to two years and has a shorter queue for processing. No Assurance of Support is necessary. This visa may be suitable if you are prepared to pay a much higher application fee. If you are granted this visa, you may be able to apply for the Contributory Parent Visa (Residence) – Subclass 143.
Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Residence) – Subclass 884
This visa will allow you to live in Australia with your child permanently and has a shorter queue for processing. It may be suitable if you are prepared to pay a much higher application fee and you can obtain a ten year Assurance of Support.
Requirements for all Aged Parent Visas
You must have a child who can sponsor you who is either:
- an Australian citizen;
- an Australian permanent resident; or
- an eligible New Zealand citizen.
If your child is not over 18 years of age, you may also be sponsored by:
- your child’s spouse (must be over 18 and an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen);
- a close family relative or legal guardian of your child or your child’s spouse; or
- a community organisation.
You will also need to satisfy the ‘balance of family’ test which requires that:
- half your children must be permanent residents in Australia; or
- you have more children that are permanent residents in Australia than any other overseas country.
For the permanent Parent Visa options you must also have a commitment by a person or organisation prepared to provide you with an Assurance of Support
Assurance of Support is a legal commitment to provide you with financial support so that you do not have to rely on social security payments
You can have up to three (3) people who can provide an assurance of support for you
You must also meet certain health and character requirements.
Entitlements of the Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary) Visa – Subclass 173
This visa allows parents:
- To remain up to two years with their children who are living in Australia;
- Travel to and from Australia for two years from the date the visa is granted;
- To work and study in Australia; and
- To enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses.
Entitlements of the Parent Visa and Contributory Parent (Residence) Visa – Subclasses 103 and 143
These visas allows parents:
- To remain permanently with their children who are living in Australia;
- Travel to and from Australia for five (5) years from the date the visa is granted (aged parents will need to apply for a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia after this period);
- To work and study in Australia;
- To enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses;
- To apply for Australian citizenship when you become eligible; and
- Social security payments after certain waiting periods have passed.