Parent Category Visas

Parent Category 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.

There are special provisions for a sponsor under 18 years of age.

These provisions are explained in the visa options below.

 

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

 

The following visa options allow a parent to:

  • live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.

 

Applying outside Australia

Visa option: Parent Visa (subclass 103)

  • Processing time: Up to 30 years

 

Visa option: Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173)

You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing

 

Visa option: Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

Processing time: Given the ongoing strong demand for this visa processing times might vary between programmed years.

 

Applying in Australia

 

Visa option: Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)

Processing time: Up to 30 years

 

Visa option: Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884)

You are prepared to pay higher visa application charges

 

Visa option: Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)

If you hold a Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 884) 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.

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