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What are the basic conditions for Parent Visas?

The conditions for different parent visas vary. The following is a summary of the basic conditions to be met for all parent visas:

1. A sponsor who meets the conditions

The sponsor to a parent visa application can either be a child of the applicant parent or the partner of the said child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation.

2. Prove you meet the balance-of-family test

The test determines the extent of the parent’s links to their children or stepchildren in Australia and ensures only those with close ties to Australia are eligible for a Parent visa.

3. Have assurance of support

To apply for Parent visa, you must show that you are able to obtain assurance of support. You must prove that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa.

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What are the different types of Parent Visa?

There are two types of parent visa:

General Contributory
103 Parent visa 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa
804 Aged Parent visa 143 Contributory Parent visa
884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa
864 Contributory Aged Parent visa

(What are the differences among these parent visa types?)

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Frequently Asked Questions

The sponsor must meet either of the following criteria:

  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • has been a lawful resident in Australia for at least 4 years before the application

A parent meets the balance of family test if:

  • at least half their children and stepchildren are eligible children, or
  • there are more eligible children than children living in any other single country

This test will not be waived, even in compelling or exceptional circumstances.

Visa Estimated Processing Time* Apply from in/ outside of Australia Be in/ outside of Australia at time of visa grant Temporary or Permanent visa?
103 Parent visa Approx 30 years for final processing In or outside Outside Permanent visa
804 Aged parent visaParent 65 years or older Approx 30 years for final processing In In Permanent visa when granted
173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa Approx 5 years In or outside Outside Temporary visaCan apply for 143 visa to stay permanently before 173 visa expires
143 Contributory Parent visa Approx 5 years In or outside OutsideUnless you previously held 173 visa or substituted 600 visa before lodging your application Permanent visa
884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visaParent 65 years or older Approx 5 years In In Temporary visaCan apply for 864 visa to stay permanently before 884 visa expires
864 Contributory Aged Parent visaParent 65 years or older Approx 5 years In or outside In Permanent visa

*Aged Parent means parent who is old enough to receive the age pension in Australia.

*Temporary visa will allow the visa holder to stay in Australia for 2 years. Temporary visa holders can apply for permanent visa (such as 143 or 864) if they want to get permanent visa. The advantage of such visa type is that the contribution amount can be paid by two instalment payments. But the total amount will be higher than contributory permanent visa, and the waiting period will be longer.

For details on parent visa queue release dates and processing times, please click here.

As a newly arrived resident you might have to wait to access certain Australian Government payments and benefits. Learn more about newly arrived residents’ waiting periods from here.

Benefits Waiting Period
Medicare No waiting period
Family Tax Benefit Part B No waiting period
Carer allowance and Family Tax benefit Part A 1 year waiting period
Carer Payment 2 year waiting period
Age pension 10 year waiting period
Health Care Card 4 year waiting period
Seniors card Requirements vary in different states
Seniors card Requirements vary in different states

You may find exemptions to newly arrived resident’s waiting period here.

The application for a parent visa in Australia is expensive, extensive and complicated. It can be challenging for people without any legal background to submit such an application on their own. Any mistake, such as statement inconsistency or insufficient supporting evidence, may lead to the delay or even refusal of your visa application.

Experienced immigration lawyers at Ascent Lawyers can provide you with clear guidance throughout the process, ensure that quality documents are prepared to boost and increase your chances in obtaining your permanent residency visa.

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