Subclass 103 – Parent Visa

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Subclass 103: Parent visa

This visa allows parents of settled Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens to move to Australia permanently.

With this visa, you can:

  • live permanently in Australia
  • work and study in Australia
  • Apply for Medicare
  • Sponsor eligible relatives to come to Australia
  • Apply for citizenship, if eligible

Subclass 103 - Parent Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for a Subclass 103 - Parent visa, you must: 

You cannot apply for this visa if you already hold or have applied for a Subclass 870 Sponsored parent (temporary) visa.

You can apply for this visa as a retiree if you meet the following criteria,

  • on 8 May 2018, you held or had previously held an Investor Retirement (subclass 405) visa or Retirement (subclass 410), and
  • you have not held any other substantive visa between 8 May 2018 and the date you applied for the Parent visa

You must have an eligible sponsor to apply for this visa.

The sponsor can be your eligible child. But if your child is under 18 years of age, an eligible relative or community organisation can become your sponsor.

A balance of family test is conducted by the Department of Home Affairs to determine a Parent visa applicant’s family tie to Australia. 

You must meet the balance-of-family test.

You meet this test if,

  • at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country


You must be able to obtain an assurance of support.

An assurance of importance will indicate to the department that you will not rely on government assistance after you enter Australia.

You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia.

Therefore, you must hold an adequate health insurance when applying for this visa.

Medical insurance helps limit your financial liability.

This visa may not granted if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.

You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet the Department’s health and character requirements.

Steps to apply for a SC103 Visa

Processing Times for Parent Visa

Parent visa applications with a queue date up to October 2011 is now being processed (as of 30 June 2023).

New Parent visa applications lodged that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take at least 30 years for final processing. 

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    What are the exceptions if I apply as a retiree?

    If you apply for this visa as a retiree:

    • you don’t need to meet the balance of family test
    • you don’t need to have an assurance of support
    • you don’t need a sponsor


    Will my step children be counted in the balance of family test?

    Your and your partner’s children, including stepchildren and adopted children, are counted in the balance-of-family test, unless they:

    • are deceased
    • are removed from their parents’ legal custody by adoption or court order
    • are registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as refugees and live in a camp operated by the UNHCR
    • live in a country where they suffer persecution or human rights abuse and cannot be reunited with their parents in another country.
    What are the other visa options that will be processed more quickly?

    Other parent visas might be processed more quickly:

    • the Contributory Parent visa (Subclass 143) is a permanent visa. Contributory Parent visas are processed faster, but they cost more
    • the Contributory Parent visa (Subclass 173) then a permanent Contributory Parent visa (Subclass 143). This 2-step visa process is faster but costs more than the subclass 103 visa. It also costs more than applying directly for the Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143), but the cost is spread across the 2 visas over a longer period.
    How long is the travel component of this visa valid?

    You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date, we grant this visa.

    If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility, you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV), so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident

    Can my step child sponsor me for this visa?

    Yes, this visa is suitable for the parent or parents of a child/stepchild who is a settled Australian citizen, settled permanent resident, or settled eligible New Zealand citizen.

    How long is the assurance of support required to remain for this visa?

    The Assurance of Support is required to remain in place for two years from the date you and any accompanying family members arrive in Australia.

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