Overview of Parent Visa Regime in Australia

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Are you planning to bring your parents to Australia? 

Australia Parent Visa regime enables parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live or permanently settle in Australia temporarily.

WHERE DO I START?

The first step is determining whether you want to bring your parents to Australia temporarily or permanently. Let’s break this down. 

Permanent Options

There are three primary Australia Parent Visa Stream that you could apply for to bring your parents permanently. This includes the following: 

  • Parent Visa (subclass 103)
  • Onshore Aged Parent (Subclass 804) visa;
  • Onshore Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 884/864) visa; or
  • Offshore Contributory Parent (Subclass 173/143) visa.

 

Temporary Options

If you are planning to bring your parents for a visit instead, you could apply for the following:

  • Subclass 600 – Sponsored Family Stream
  • Subclass 870

 

The rest of the blog will now focus on permanent parent visa options.

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

STEP 1: CHECK YOU/YOUR PARENT’S VISA ELIGIBILITY

If you have decided to migrate your parent/s to Australia, then the next step is understanding the requirements of a permanent visa in Australia. Generally, to be granted a parent visa, you must be: 

  1. Over 66 years of age
  2. Parent of an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or an eligible NZ Citizen; 
  3. Pass the family balance test; and
  4. Meet health and character requirements and will need to undertake a medical assessment

STEP 2: CHOOSE AN APPROPRIATE PARENT VISA

The Permanent Parent visas are divided into two categories, Contributory and Non-Contributory.

Non-Contributory” Parent Visas 

“Non-Contributory” visas have a lower Department fee for lodgement and processing, however, has a more extended waiting period (close to 25 – 30 years). These include the following: 

  • Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)
  • Parent Visa (subclass 103)

“Contributory” Parent Visas

Contributory visas have a higher turnaround time (approximately five years from the lodgement date) but a higher processing fee (close to $48,000). These include the following: 

  • Onshore Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 884/864) visa; or
  • Offshore Contributory Parent (Subclass 173/143) visa.

STEP 3: IS YOUR PARENT AN ELIGIBLE AGED PARENT?

Generally, if you are above 65, you can opt to apply for Contributory Aged Parent Visa. If lodged in Australia, this visa lets the aged parent remain in Australia on a bridging visa while their application is processed (for up to 30 years!). These visas include:

  • Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)
  • Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)
  • Contributory Aged Parent Temporary Visa (subclass 884) to Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864).

 

No onshore bridging visas are issued for the below parent visa subclasses: 

  • Parent Visa (subclass 103)
  • Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)
  • Contributory Parent Temporary Visa (subclass 173)/ Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

STEP 4: SUBCLASS 174/143 VISA APPLICATION – Should you break up your contributory visa application? 

If your parents are under 65, you can apply for a Subclass 173/143 visa.

Subclass 173/143 – Contributory Parent visa allows parents to permanently migrate to Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen. 

Subclass 143 application costs $4,225 for the principal applicant and $1,425 for the secondary application at the time of lodgement. Before the visa is granted, each applicant must pay approximately $43,600. This visa takes about 3 to 4.5 years to process and is a permanent visa from approval.

Given the financial commitment of Subclass 143, 143 can be applied directly or split into two applications by initially just using for Subclass 173. Subclass 173 is a temporary visa with an initial application fee of $2,850 and $1,425 for the secondary applicants.

Before the visa is granted, the second instalment of $29,130 must be paid and takes approximately 3 to 3.5 years to process. Before this visa expires, they must pay an additional $19,420 and apply for the permanent visa subclass 143.

CONTACT US

If you would like to discuss your Australia Parent Visa, contact our office as below! 

Phone us on +61 3 9654 8611 

Please email us your resume at: [email protected]

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