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7 ways to sponsor your parents to Australia in 2024

Parent visas help you and your family reunite in Australia. There are 7 different types (subclasses) of Parent visas, from which children (sponsors) and parents (applicants) would consider to choose the most suitable one according to their circumstances and wishes.

So what do you need to prepare for your Parent visas application, keep reading this article to find out!



What are the Australian Parent Visas?

A Parent Visa allows you (sponsor) who is an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen to sponsor your parents to come and live with you in Australia.

Depending on each stream of Australian Parent Visas that allows your parents to stay temporarily or permanently.


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What are the Australian Parent Visas?


The benefits of Australian Parent Visas


Residence benefits
    • Stay in Australia temporarily or permanently
    • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.
Free entries benefitsTravel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the visa is granted. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.
Social security benefitsEnrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare.
Education benefitsWork and study in Australia
Sponsor family member benefitsCan sponsor another eligible family member


Those benefits don’t apply to all 7 types of Parent visas. The Australian Government will base on the characteristics of the visa and the applicants to provide suitable benefits. That’s why if you’re choosing a Parent visa, contact VEM now for immediate consultancy.


Many people have regretted their decision as they found out they have chosen the wrong visa to apply. Due to not having enough information, they didn’t choose the visa which brings the best benefits for them.


You may find yourself in this situation if you’re not carefully prepared. Don’t worry, VEM can help you overcome this problem. Contact us today!

How many Subclasses of Australian Parent Visas are there?


Types of visa
Australian Non – Contributory Parent VisasApply onshore or offshoreParent visa – Subclass 103: allows you to live in Australia as a permanent resident.
Apply onshoreAged Parent visa – Subclass 804: live in Australia as a permanent resident with an Age Pension condition.
Australian Contributory Parent VisasPermanentContributory Aged Parent visa – Subclass 864: live in Australia as a permanent resident with an Age Pension condition.
Contributory Parent visa – Subclass 143: offshore when lodging the visa application.
TemporaryContributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa – Subclass 884: onshore when lodging the visa application.
Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa – Subclass 173: sponsor your parents to stay in Australia for 2 years.
Australian Sponsored Parent (Temporary) VisaSponsored Parent (Temporary) visa – Subclass 870: sponsor your parents to travel to Australia



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7 Subclasses of Australian Partner Visas


If there’s any further questions related to Australian Parent visas, contact VEM for proper and detailed advice from our consultant – Mr Phong Cao (CEO of VEM). He’s capable of giving you the most suitable advice and tips for your specific case.

The requirements of Australian Parent visas


The sponsor
    • Must be the child of the applicant.
    • Must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
    • Must agree to provide support, housing and financial help for the first 2 years the applicant lives in Australia.
    • Over 18 years old. If under 18, the applicant can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organization. The organization must meet the following requirements:
    • There is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child.
    • The organisation is lawfully established in Australia.
    • The organisation has been actively operating in Australia for at least one year.
    • The organisation can meet its financial commitments.
The applicant
    • Must be old enough to receive Age Pension in Australia (not for all subclasses). To know more about this condition, contact VEM for more consultation.
    • Meet the balance-of-family test (the number of eligible children living in Australia has to be more or equal to the number of children living in any other single country).
    • Must have no debt to the Australian Government.
    • Must be able to obtain an assurance of support.
    • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.
    • Must meet the health requirements.
    • Must meet the character requirements.
    • Must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when the application is submitted.


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General requirements for a Parent Visa


The Australian migration regulations are known to be updated constantly. Mr Phong Cao is a member of the Australian Migration Institute (MIA: 12648), so when working with VEM, clients will also be informed about any new changes or policies.

What documents and papers are required when it comes to Australian Parents visas?


The applicantIdentification papers
    • Copies of your certified birth certificate.
    • Copies of your certified passport (within a 6-month period starting from the beginning of your visa application).
    • 2 card images (taken less than 6 months).
    • Medical checkup.
Additional proofs
    • Proof that you meet the balance-of-family test.
    • Proof of your relationship to the sponsor.
    • Proof that you had changed name before (if any).
    • Proof that the including family member is eligible.
Application formsVEM will provide these forms and instruct you.
The sponsorProof of your sponsorship
    • Information about their nationality or citizenship.
    • Convincing financial proofs.
    • Medical checkups


These papers can usually get a bit overwhelmed and complicated so it may take a long time to complete. Additionally, all of these documents must be translated into English.

That’s why you should contact VEM from the start if applying for an Australian Partner visa is your intention. Because Mr Phong Cao is licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877), he can definitely provide professional support for you.

Frequently asked questions

What is the balance-of-test?

It means the parents must have at least half of their children (eligible children) who are an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, or more eligible children living in Australia than the children living in any other single country.

I have 3 kids. One is in Australia, one is in Vietnam and the other one is living in Japan. So did I meet the balance-of-test?

Unfortunately no. Because the number of children living outside Australia is more than the number of children living in Australia.

However, it’s still possible for you to apply for a Partner visa as a Subclass 870 may be suitable for your situation.

Contact VEM directly for more detailed advice.

Can I visit Australia when my Parents visa is being processed?

Yes. You can apply for a visitor visa to visit Australia while your application is being processed. However, please keep in mind that if you lodge your parent visa application offshore, you must also be offshore when your parent visa is granted.

What are the benefits of using an agency with MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) when applying for Parents visas?

The Department of Home Affair strongly recommends that applicants should use an agent who is registered with MARA. An agent who registers with MARA, must have knowledge of Australian migration laws and comply with the code of conduct when providing services to clients.

If I’m currently holding a Permanent Resident card, can I sponsor my parents to Australia?

Despite being an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you must meet other requirements in order to sponsor your parents.


VEM knows that the application process for an Australian Parents visa is really complicated. That’s why we are more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Leave a comment or call us via our hotline and emails. We’ll contact you as soon as possible.


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2 thoughts on “7 ways to sponsor your parents to Australia in 2024

  1. Yvonne & Paul Keeler says:

    We shall be visiting Melbourne from 2/12/23 therefore we will be in Australia to meet and applyb

  2. Yvonne Keeler says:

    Good day Our daughter who lives in Melbourne Australia and is Australian Citizen sent us this link . We have been visiting annually for between a month or two . What costs are involved with an application for a Parent RESIDENT VISA ? Please and an aporox time frame ? As we are 70 & 67 yrs … our son lives in New Zealand we feel we can’t defer a move down under for too long or we will be too old to enjoy a life with a children.

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