Parent Visas-UniHill Immigration Servcies

Parent Visas

You might be eligible to apply for a parent category visa if:

• you have a child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen
• your child has been living in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before you lodge your visa application
• you have a sponsor
• you meet the Balance of family test criteria
• you meet health and character requirements.

How long can I stay in Australia on a parent category visa?
A parent category visa allows you to:

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident, or
  • live in Australia as an Australian permanent resident.

Sponsors
You will need to have a sponsor to apply for a parent category visa to live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.

A sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen who:

  • is 18 years of age or over
  • has lived in Australia lawfully for at least two years before the parent lodges their visa application.

Balance of family test
All applicants for a parent visa must meet the balance of family test.

The balance of family test is designed to determine the extent of your links to Australia.

You meet the balance of family test if:

  • at least half of your children live permanently in Australia, or
  • more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.

Visa options

SPONSORED PARENT 870 VISA

if you are applying in or outside of Australia.

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:

  • be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be outside Australia (unless invited in writing to apply by the Department), for at least 90 days if the applicant holds or has previously held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for four years
  • provide evidence of health insurance
  • not have an outstanding public health debt (unless appropriate arrangements have been made to repay the debt)
  • satisfy health, character, and national security requirements.
  • sponsors will need to have a taxable income of at least $83,454.80
  • Unlike permanent Parent visas, there is no Balance of Family Test requirement for this visa, meaning a visa applicant is not required to have more than half of their children residing in Australia.

The visa application charge is:

  • $5,000 for a visa of up to three years’ duration; or
  • $10,000 for a visa of up to five years’ duration.

PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 103) APPLYING FROM OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA

  • You are applying outside Australia
  • You have a child who lives in Australia
  • You want to become a permanent Australian resident

Parent Visa (subclass 103) visa applicants must: 

  • Meet the balance of family test
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Have a sponsor
  • Processing time
  • Up to 30 years

CONTRIBUTORY PARENT (TEMPORARY) VISA (SUBCLASS 173) APPLYING FROM OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA
You are applying outside Australia
You have a child who lives in Australia
You want to live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident
You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing

To apply for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173), a parent must:

  • have a sponsor
  • meet the balance of family test
  • meet health and character requirements.

CONTRIBUTORY PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 143)
Applying either in or outside Australia
You are applying either inside or outside Australia
You have a child who lives in Australia
You want to become a permanent Australian resident
You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing

To apply for a Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143), a parent must:

  • meet the balance of family test
  • have an assurance of support
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have a sponsor.

If you hold the Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) and you would like to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply for the Permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) before your temporary visa expires.

AGED PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 804)
Applying in Australia
You are applying inside Australia
You have a child who lives in Australia
You want to become a permanent Australian resident
You meet age requirements

To apply for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804), a parent must:

  • meet the age requirements
  • meet the balance of family test
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have a sponsor.

CONTRIBUTORY AGED PARENT (TEMPORARY) VISA (SUBCLASS 884)
You are applying in Australia
You have a child who lives in Australia and you want to live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident
You meet age requirements
You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing

To apply for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884), a parent must:

  • meet age requirements
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • have a sponsor.

CONTRIBUTORY AGED PARENT VISA (SUBCLASS 864)
You are applying in Australia
You have a child who lives in Australia and you want to become a permanent Australian resident
You meet age requirements
You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges

To apply for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864), a parent must:

  • meet age requirements
    meet the balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have an assurance of support
  • have a sponsor.

If you hold a Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864) and you would like to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 864) before your temporary visa expires.

PROCESSING TIMES FOR FAMILY VISAS
Actual processing times are dependent on a number of factors

ASSURANCE OF SUPPORT (BOND)
Assurances of support can be required for a number of visa types. Simply stated, an assurance of support is an agreement to financially assist a migrating family if necessary, to ensure that cost to the Australian taxpayer is minimised. The assurer agrees to repay social security payments claimed by the visa applicant or members of the family migrating to Australia. These payments include:

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