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Australian Subclass 103 Parent Visa: Benefits And Application Guide

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Discover how the Subclass 103 visa enables parents to reunite with their children in Australia. Our expert consultants provide essential guidance on preparation and application. Begin your journey today with trusted advice!

What is a Subclass 103 visa?

The Subclass 103 visa is a type of visa issued by the Australian government that allows parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia permanently.

It is designed to reunite parents with their children who are settled in Australia. This visa is part of the Family stream of visas and requires the sponsor (the child in Australia) to meet certain criteria.

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What is a Subclass 103?

The benefits of a Subclass 103

The Subclass 103 visa offers several key benefits for parents looking to join their children in Australia:

  • Permanent residency: Holders can live in Australia indefinitely as permanent residents.
  • Family reunification: Allows parents to live with their children who are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens.
  • Access to healthcare: Eligibility for Medicare, Australia’s public healthcare system.
  • Work and study: Permission to work and study in Australia.
  • Travel: Multiple entries to and from Australia for up to five years from the date the visa is granted.
  • Pathway to citizenship: Opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship after meeting residency and other eligibility criteria.

These benefits make the Subclass 103 visa a valuable option for parents wishing to establish a life in Australia with their families.

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The benefits of a Subclass 103

The requirements of a Subclass 103 visa

To qualify for the Subclass 103 Parent visa, applicants  must fulfill these essential requirements:

  • Parental relationship: Be the biological or adoptive parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen residing in Australia.
  • Balance of family test: Demonstrate that at least half of your children are living permanently in Australia, or more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other single country.
  • Health and character standards: Meet health and character requirements, including medical examinations and police clearance certificates.
  • Assurance of support: Provide evidence of financial support through an Assurance of Support from an Australian sponsor.
  • Character requirements: You and all family members included in the subclass 103 Parent visa application form must meet certain character requirements. This may include providing police clearance certificates from all countries you have lived in for 12 months or more over the last 10 years.
  • Compliance with visa conditions: Agree to abide by Australian laws and fulfill all visa conditions once granted.

These criteria ensure that applicants can reunite with their family in Australia under the Subclass 103 visa, facilitating permanent residency and access to various benefits in the country.

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The requirements of a Subclass 103

To determine if you meet the requirements for the Subclass 103 visa, reach out to VEM. Our consultant, Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) with over 12 years of expertise in migration, will provide personalized assistance.

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The cost of a Parent visa – Subclass 103

The subclass 103 visa cost has increased in the financial year 2024 – 2025. Below are the cost of visa 103 for each applicant:

For the visa applicantFor the accompany member
First instalmentAUD 5,125
    • From and over 18 years of age: AUD2,565
    • Under 18 years of age: AUD1,285
Assurance of SupportAUD5,000 for the primary visa applicant.

AUD2,000 for any adult secondary visa applicant.

Note: The fees listed above do not include a 1.4% surcharge.

Additionally, you will need to pay other fees, including those for health assessments, police certificates, and biometrics, as required.

You can also apply for other parent visas that are processed quicker than the Subclass 103 visa if you meet the requirements.

Specifically, you can apply for the Contributory Parent Temporary Visa (Subclass 173) or the Contributory Parent Permanent Visa (Subclass 143). These visas are processed much faster but come with higher costs compared to the Subclass 103 Visa.

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Subclass 103 cost

Processing time of subclass 103 Parent visa

There is no information on the subclass 103 processing time at the present time. This processing times may exceed the expected duration if applications are not correctly lodged. The Parent visa subclass 103 waiting time can be extensive, so it is crucial to ensure thorough preparation of your application to minimize delays.

Step by step of a Parent visa – Subclass 103 application

Here’s a concise step-by-step guide for applying for a Subclass 103 Parent visa:

  • Step 1: Gather Documents: Collect required documents.
  • Step 2: Complete Form: Fill out the application form.
  • Step 3: Submit: Lodge your application with fees.
  • Step 4: Biometrics and Health Checks: Attend appointments when required.
  • Step 5: Await Decision: Wait for processing.
  • Step 6: Receive Outcome: Get notified of the decision.
  • Step 7: Travel Planning: Arrange travel if approved.
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Step by step of a Parent visa – Subclass 103 application

Contact VEM. Our consultant – Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648) to ensure your visa 103 application is well-prepared and legal.

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Responsibilities of the Subclass 103 visa holders and sponsors

The responsibilities of Subclass 103 visa holders and sponsors include:

  • Subclass 103 visa holders:
    • Compliance: Adhere to Australian laws and visa conditions.
    • Residency: Maintain permanent residency status in Australia.
    • Support: Financially support themselves and their dependents.
    • Reporting: Notify changes in circumstances to the Department of Home Affairs.
  • Sponsors (usually the child in Australia):
    • Financial Support: Provide Assurance of Support, ensuring financial assistance if necessary.
    • Notification: Inform the Department of Home Affairs of any changes in their circumstances.
    • Duration: Commit to support the visa holder for a specified period.
    • Both parties play vital roles in ensuring compliance and support throughout the duration of the Subclass 103 visa.

We are committed to supporting you throughout your entire immigration journey. Contact VEM today for expert assistance. Our CEO, Mr. Peter Cao, a registered migration agent (MARN: 1577877) and member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648), provides trusted guidance every step of the way.

Frequently asked questions

Where can my parents be at the time of applying and being granted a Subclass 103?

They can be in or outside Australia when applying and being granted the Subclass 103.

How long does it take for my parents to fully receive the benefits from the Australian Government?

Usually, it takes 2 years to obtain social security benefits and 10 years for any retirement support.

Are there any other ways to shorten the visa processing time?

No. Your documents should be as accurate and sufficient to avoid any delay of the visa grant.

Besides, you can consider applying for a Subclass 143 visa for a shorter visa processing time.

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