Parent Visa Australia

If you an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen and would like your parents to join you, there are different visa options for them. You can be their natural, adopted or stepchild. There are different Parent visa categories, some of which can be very expensive or lengthy. We recommend you book a consultation session and speak with one of our Migration Agents, who will help you choose the option that best suits your needs and budget.

Parent Visa Categories

There are different categories of Parent visas which can be classified based on different factors, such as:

  • age
  • temporary/permanent
  • contributory/non-contributory
  • processing times
  • etc

To be eligible to apply for most of these Parent visa subclasses you must meet the balance of family test.

Non-contributory parent visas

Due to being “capped and queued”, which means the number of visas that can be processed in a given year is limited, non-contributory parent visas take between 25 to 30 years. The advantage of non-contributory visas is that the costs are much lower.

Contributory parent visas

Contributory parent visas have much shorter processing times, allowing for more feasible options, but they are significantly more expensive. It may take around 4-5  years for a contributory parent visa to be granted.

Applicants may also consider first applying for the temporary options and then transitioning to the permanent options so that the visa fees will be more manageable.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for a parent visa, you must be sponsored by your biological, adopted or step child who is living in Australia. Your spouse and other dependent family members may be included in your application if they meet the specified requirements. To be eligible for this visa, you must pass the Balance of Family test and meet age requirements.

Balance of Family Test

A parent will pass the balance of family test if:

  • At least half of their children live permanently in Australia; OR
  • They should have more children living permanently in Australia than in any other country, AND
  • These children who are living permanently in Australia must be
  • an Australian citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident usually residing in Australia, or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia

It means the Department does not consider your child eligible if:

  • your child is eligible but they live outside Australia, or
  • they live in Australia but on a temporary visa

The Balance of Family test can be complex, with possibility of several combinations.

If you do not pass the Balance of Family test, there may be still some other ways to join your children through sponsored or visitor visas. Please contact us to confirm your eligibility and further requirements regarding your visa application.

Please book a Consultation to discuss your requirements or click here for a detailed assessment of your particulars towards migration to Australia.


Parent Visas

Aged Parents Visa (Subclass 804/103)

Aged Parents Visa (Subclass 804/103)

There are two Sub classes under Australia Aged Parent Visa i.e. Subclass 804 which is for applicants who apply onshore or while living in Australia for temporary basis, and second one is Subclass 103 which is for those applicants who apply offshore or outside of Australia.

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During this initial meeting, which can be conducted virtually using zoom/skype or face to face in our Brisbane office, we will have a better understanding of your situation and will assess your options. What you should except is transparency and expertise. At the end of this consultation, we will advise you on the next steps.

If you need specialized in-depth assessment, you may need to book a Comprehensive Consultation Session, where all your questions are answered, and the best migration strategy and roadmap will be explored and determined.




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