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Let’s discover how to bring your parents to Australia

Many children who have already settled want to bring their parents to Australia to live with them and be looked after. There are seven 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.

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?

Benefits of Parent Visas

  • Staying permanently in Australia.
  • Having full study and working rights
  • Being entitled for Australian Medicare.
  • Applying for Australian citizenship if you meet the requirements.

How many Subclasses of Australian Partner Visas?

There are currently 7 Subclasses of Australian Partner Visas:

  • Contributory Parent Visa – Subclass 143
  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa – Subclass 173
  • Contributory Aged Parent Visa – Subclass 864
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa – Subclass 884
  • Sponsored Parent (Temporary Visa) – Subclass 870
  • Parent Visa – Subclass 103
  • Aged Parent Visa – Subclass 804
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7 Subclasses of Australian Partner Visas

These subclasses can be divided into 3 categories:

Non – Contributory Parent Visas include:

  • Subclass 103 (offshore when lodging the visa application).
  • Subclass 804 (onshore when lodging the visa application) visas.

The applicants for this stream:

  • Must be at a retirement age.
  • Must be sponsored by one of their children who is an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Must meet the family – balance – test.
  • Must meet health and character requirements.

The application fee is 6,415AUD. The Assurance of Support is 5,000AUD for the 2 year duration. The processing time can be very long – up to 30 years (there is no specific timeframe on the DHA’s website).

Contact directly to VEM’s migration consultant for detailed information.

Contributory Parent Visa

The subclasses include in this stream are:

  • Subclass 143 visa (offshore when lodging the visa application).
  • Subclass 173 visa (offshore when lodging the visa application).
  • Subclass 864 visa (onshore when lodging the visa application).
  • Subclass 884 visa (onshore when lodging the visa application).

The applicant needs to pay 10,000AUD for Assurance of Support for a 10 – year period when lodging the visa application. The processing time could be expected to be nearly 3.5 years. There are 2 payment instalments for this visas stream:

  • Subclass 864 and Subclass 143 (permanent visas) – the total visa application fee is $47,755AUD.
  • Subclass 884 and Subclass 173 (temporary visas) – the total visa application fee is $31,930AUD.

Please click the link to each subclass of parent visa to find details.

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa – Subclass 870

You cannot apply for a Permanent Residence Visa afterward. This subclass 870 allows you:

  • To reunite with your children in Australia.
  • To stay in Australia up to 3 or 5 years depending on the option that you select at the application.
  • To re – apply for further visas to visit up to a 10 – year period (maximum) in Australia.

However, applicants do not have the right to work while holding this subclass visa.

Visit our website VEM for more information about Subclass 870 visa.

General requirements for a Parent Visa

There are some main requirements for Parent Visas:

  • Must be sponsored by one of their children who is an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Must meet the family – balance – test (except Subclass 870 visa).
  • Must meet health and character requirements.

Parent visas are complex. Each subclass has different requirements. Please contact our VEM’s migration consultant for assistance.

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General requirements for a Parent Visa

Q&A about Parent Visas

What is the balance - of - family 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.

Can I visit Australia while my Parent Visa application 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.

Call our migration consultant directly if you need any further information.

What are the benefits of using MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) when applying for Parent 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.

Contact VEM directly for being advised in detail to apply for a suitable subclass visa for your parents.

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