What Are The Parent Visa Options?
The Parent Visa has five visa subclasses:
- Subclass 173 Temporary Parent Visa
- Subclass 143 Contributory Permanent Parent Visa
- Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent
- Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent – Temporary
- Subclass 804 Aged Parent Visa
Options for Parent visas may seem to be confusing. This is why it is important to read the explanations below.
How Do You Apply For A Parent Visa?
For both the onshore and offshore parent visa options, you are required to lodge an application and sponsorship. At the first processing stage, you will be assessed for the temporary partner visa in Australia. If your application is successful and the visa is granted, you will be permitted to stay in Australia with your partner whilst you await a decision on the permanent visa. You can apply for a permanent partner visa once 2 years have passed since lodgement of your temporary visa.
WHERE TO APPLY?
Apply In Australia
If you apply for an onshore partner visa, you will be granted a bridging visa, which will allow you to remain lawfully in Australia while you are waiting for visa decision. As bridging visas are a complex area of the law, we would recommend that you seek further information and advice on your visa status and how the bridging visa will apply to you, based on your personal situation.
An important aspect of lodging an onshore partner visa application is to first ensure that you can validly lodge the application in Australia and that you meet the time of application requirements. Schedule 3 criteria prescribe additional requirements for the grant of the onshore partner visa.
Apply Outside Australia
If you lodge an offshore partner visa application, you will be permitted to enter Australia upon grant of the subclass 309 temporary partner visa Australia. Given the extended processing times that normally apply, you might consider applying for another class of visa, such as a visitor visa, to enable you to visit your partner whilst you await a decision on the temporary partner visa application (provided you are eligible).
Upon grant of the offshore temporary partner residence visa, you can lawfully reside in Australia until your permanent partner visa Australia application is decided. However, you must be offshore while the visa is granted.
A parent visa is for people who have an eligible child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident and they want to live in Australia. If you have children living in Australia as permanent residents or citizens for a minimum of 2 years, you may be eligible for one of the Parent Visa sub-classes.
There are many different Parent Visa types.
This is a temporary visa with an initial Australian government fee of $2,800 and $1,400 for any additional applicant over 18 and $705 for additional applicants under 18. Before the visa is granted the second installment of $29,130 is required to be paid. This visa takes approximately 3 to 3.5 years to process. The applicants are granted a 2-year temporary visa. Before this visa expires they must pay an additional $19,420 and apply for the permanent visa subclass 143.
Parent visa 143
This is a permanent visa referred to as a “Contributory” visa. This is because the initial application fee is $4,155 for the first applicant and $2,075 for additional applicants over 18 and $1,040 for additional applicants under 18. However, the second installment for each applicant is $43,600. This visa takes approximately 3.5 to 4.5 years to process and is a permanent visa from approval.