VISAS

Parent Visas

We all know how important it is to maintain family ties!

The Australian Family Migration Program includes several temporary and permanent parent visas

…that allow a child (permanent resident of Australia, Australian or an eligible New Zealand citizen), subject to certain criteria, to bring a parent or several parents for family reunion.

In order to successfully complete the process and get your visa approved, applicant and family members, as well as sponsor, should satisfy criteria established by the Department of Home Affairs.

  1. Family balance test (only for visas 143, 173, 804, 864, 103) where applicant must have at least 50% or more residing in Australia as Permanent Residents or Australian citizens.
  1. Sponsorship by a child who has been living in Australia for at least 2 years and is currently Permanent Resident or Australian citizen. It is also necessary to provide a Assurance of Support – a certain amount of money (bond), which is deposited in a special account with an Australian bank for 10 years.

The main part of parental visas is intended for elderly parents, and it does not require passing an English proficiency test, professional compliance, and also does not require an exam when obtaining citizenship.

However, for all types of visas, it will be necessary to prove family or close family ties between the applicant (parent) and the child living in Australia.

In my practice, I recommend to clients the best strategic plan for parent visas based on their family circumstances and financial capabilities. To review your individual case please book a consultation.

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There are two programs for parent visas – standard and contributory.

Standard parent visas are considered within the framework of limited quotas on the number of visas per financial year. Processing time for those visas (for example, subclass 103 or 804) can be quite lengthy. According to statistics, the current time is about 30 years.

Thus, you can consider the second program of parent visas, with significant contributions (Contributory Parent visas), which implies a much higher cost, while the processing period is usually from 3.5 years. High fees partially offset government spending on migrant parents.


Temporary parent visas in Australia
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Visitor visa (Tourist Stream SC600) – for parents, a visa can be arranged for a longer stay (12 months of continuous stay, visa duration 3-5 years, multi-entry). The parent must undergo a medical examination, provide biometrics and medical insurance.

Visas are granted to parents of permanent residence visa holders or Australian citizens. Application should be made only outside of Australia.

If the child does not yet have permanent residence status or a citizen in Australia, child can invite parents on a regular visitor visa.

Decision time is approximately 30 days.

Government fee is 145 AUD.


Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa SC870
– a temporary visa with a stay of 3 or 5 years, with the opportunity to extend up to 10 years in total. A visa requires formal sponsorship from a child who is in permanent residence status, is an Australian citizen or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia. Applicant’s child must have been resident in Australia for at least 4 years and must meet the mandatory income requirements. Application should be made outside of Australia, under limited circumstances it can be made from Australia.

Decision time is approximately 3-4 months.

Additional sponsorship fee 420 AUD.

Government fee is 5,000 AUD for 3 years; 10,000 AUD for 5 years.


Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa SC173
– a temporary visa with a further opportunity to transit to a permanent residence visa. 173 visa requires formal sponsorship from a child who is a holder of a permanent residence visa or an Australian citizen. The child must have been resident in Australia for at least 2 years. Income requirements are assessed at the time the decision and the financial guarantor can be either a child or any other person who is not even a member of the family. Application should be made outside of Australia.

Decision time is approximately is 4-5 years.

Government fee is from 29,000 AUD per applicant (parent), at the time of decision on the visa.




Permanent Visas for Parents

Contributory Parent visa SC143 – permanent residency visa, the requires formal sponsorship from a child who is a holder of a permanent residence visa or an Australian citizen. The child must have been resident in Australia for at least 2 years. Income requirements are assessed at the time the decision and the financial guarantor can be either a child or any other person who is not even a member of the family. Application can be made outside of Australia or from Australia.

Decision time is approximately 4-5 years.

Government fee is from 43,600 AUD per applicant (parent), at the time of decision on the visa.


Parent visa SC103
– permanent residency visa, that requires formal sponsorship from a child who is a holder of a permanent residence visa or an Australian citizen. The child must have been resident in Australia for at least 2 years. Income requirements are assessed at the time the decision and the financial guarantor can be either a child or any other person who is not even a member of the family. Application should be made outside of Australia.

Decision time is approximately 30+ years due to the long queue of applicants.

Government fee is from 4,000 AUD.


Aged Parent visa SC804 –
a permanent visa for elderly parents who meet the age criteria (special matrix, 66 years and older). A visa requires formal sponsorship from a child who is a permanent residence visa holder or an Australian citizen. The child must have been resident in Australia for at least 2 years. Income requirements are assessed at the time the decision and the financial guarantor can be either a child or any other person who is not even a member of the family. Application should be made only from Australia.

Decision time is approximately 15+ years.

Government fee is from 4 500 AUD per applicant (parent).


Contributory Aged Parent visa SC864
– a permanent visa for elderly parents who meet the age criteria (special matrix, 66 years and older). A visa involves formal sponsorship from a child who is a permanent residence visa holder or an Australian citizen. The child must have been resident in Australia for at least 2 years. Income requirements are assessed at the time the decision and the financial guarantor can be either a child or any other person who is not even a member of the family. Application should be made only from Australia.

Decision time is approximately 4-5 years.

Government fee is from 43,600AUD per applicant.


Important facts for Australian parent visa applicants:

  • Visas 143, 103, 173, 804, 864 has family balance test – when most of the children should live in Australia as permanent residents or Australian citizens. There is no such criteria for 870 visa.
  • When applying for 804 or 864 visa only in Australia, a bridging visa will be granted to allow applicant to stay in Australian lawfully and wait for a decision in Australia. If you apply for a 143 visa from Australia, bridging visa will not be granted.
  • The applicant’s health assessment is required only before the decision on parent visas, therefore it is very important to independently monitor the health during the years of waiting.
  • Medicare (health care card in Australia) can be issued to applicant only after obtaining a permanent residence visa, not during the processing time. 
  • In order to receive a pension, the applicant must live in Australia for at least 10 years from the date of issue of the visa, while continuously for 5 years out of these 10.

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