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Parent visas are designed to allow Australian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents to come to Australia to live permanently.

There are two kinds of parent visa – Contributory and non-contributory.

The contributory parent visa involves paying a very high visa application charge, designed to compensate the Australian Government for health care costs associated with the elderly. The non-contributory parent visa has a relatively much lower application charge, however, the processing times for this visa are extremely long.

There are other criteria such as the balance of family test and health criteria that must be satisfied to be eligible for a parent visa.




Contact our team here, at Visa To Australia, and book visa consultation with our migration agents.



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.


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 requirementsSchedule 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.

How long does 173 visa take?2020-05-05T03:28:54+00:00

173 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 contribution and apply for the permanent visa subclass 143.

How long takes to get parent visa to Australia?2020-05-05T02:08:12+00:00

Contributory Parent visa processing time may be 1-2 years however non-contributory Parent visa waiting time may be up to 30 years.

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.

Subclass 173

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.

173 temporary visa lets a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia.

To apply for a parent visa, you must:

  • have a family sponsor
  • meet a balance of a family test
  • pass health & character requirements

Who can be a family sponsor for a parent visa?

Usually, you are sponsored by your child, who is over 18 years old and is an Australian resident, citizen, or eligible NZ citizen. The child also must agree to provide accommodation and financial support for sponsored applicants.

You can be sponsored by your biological or adopted child or your spouse/partner child.

Also community organization can sponsor an applicant where:

  • there is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child
  • a senior representative of the organisation agrees to sponsor the applicant
  • the organisation is lawfully established in Australia
  • the organisation has been actively operating in Australia for at least one year
  • the organisation can meet its financial commitments

173 is a temporary visa, allowing you to stay for 2 years in Australia. After this time you may apply for 143 permanent visa.

Temporary Parent visa allows you:

  • You can live, work and study in Australia for 2 years
  • You can travel in and out of Australia
  • apply for a permanent visa and then citizenship

How much cost visa to Australia

The current visa cost is From AUD 31,980

You will also have to pay for Australian Federal Police, medical examination, and police clearance from other countries you were living in. Australian Sponsor is also required to apply for AFP.

Parent visa can be lodged on or offshore, however, it is important to remember visa processing time. In case of a visa lodged onshore, the applicant is granted a bridging visa. A bridging visa allows parents to stay and often work in Australia.

Parent visa lodged offshore won’t give you a bridging visa so you must stay offshore or look for another visa in a meantime.

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