Wish you could spend more time with your parents and have them stay in Australia with you? A Parent Visa could help make this possible for you and your family. Australia has several Parent Visa options to reunite with your parents, either for a temporary stay or permanently. Eligibility requirements apply, but generally if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen, you may have options to sponsor your parents. Read on to find out more about the options.
Australia offers several Parent Visa options which provide permanent residence. The Subclass 103 and Subclass 804 Aged Parent Visas allow your parent to work and study in Australia. These visas are capped and only a limited number of visas are available each year. This has resulted in extremely lengthy queues for these visas and it may take a few decades to be granted. In contrast, the Subclass 864 and 143 Contributory Parent Visas are processed more quickly, but these options attract significantly higher Government fees.
Australia’s temporary Parent Visa may provide a more cost effective and timely option for families to spend time with their parents. The Subclass 870 Temporary Parent Visa allows eligible migrants to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for five years, with the option to renew for a maximum ten years. Parents are not allowed to work or study while on this visa and it does not provide a pathway to permanent residence, however, the Temporary Parent Visa is more cost-effective than the Contributory Parent Visa option. It is also expected to have much shorter Government processing times than the Subclass 103 and 804 Parent Visas. Another benefit of the Temporary Parent Visa option is the ability for your parents to stay for much longer than a standard Visitor Visa, without needing to travel outside the country to reapply. Read more of our insights here.
The visa options that may be available to your parents will depend on several factors including:
There are different eligibility requirements to meet, depending on the type of Parent Visa. A Parent Visa application will require you to provide evidence of how your personal and family circumstances can satisfy various financial and social factors.
Most of Australia’s permanent Parent Visa options require you to meet a Balance of Family test. This assesses the proportion of children living permanently in Australia, therefore your sibling’s living arrangements will impact whether you can meet the test requirements.
As an exception, the Temporary Parent Subclass 870 Visa does not require a Balance of Family test. If you are unable to meet the Balance of Family test you may wish to explore this visa option as it may be available to families who would not otherwise meet the requirements for a Parent Visa.
Our Registered Migration Agents have over 30 years of experience in reuniting migrants with their parents. We can advise on your eligibility to sponsor your parents, whether your parents are able to meet the visa eligibility requirements, and any visa conditions you need to be aware of. The first step is to arrange a consultation so that we can assess and discuss your available options – simply get in touch with our team of migration agents today.
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