Family visas in Australia have been designed to provide a pathway for family members to sponsor their parents, children, spouse, or partner to be with them in Australia. It is for those individuals who are citizens or permanent residents in the country (or an eligible New Zealand citizen) to sponsor their family to come to the country and settle with them under the family visa stream. If one has his family (spouse, or partner, or children, or parents) in Australia, they could sponsor their permanent or temporary residence in the country by using any of the eligible family visa streams.
Parent visa is one such stream under the family visas, which is used when one’s children are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens. Your children or their eligible partners can sponsor your parent’s visa to Australia. Under this stream, the definition of a parent includes-
The basic requirements to be eligible for a Parent visa can be summed up as under:
For migration to Australia, both temporary and permanent options have been designed for the parents of eligible Australian citizens and permanent residents. Currently, there are many classes of Parent visas that fall into the major categories, non-contributory and contributory. The visas may also be classified on the basis on other stipulations and conditions, such as temporary and permanent residence, an applicant’s age, sponsorship, and support by an eligible child.
Subclass 143 Contributory Parent Visa
Subclass 143 is systematically called a Contributory Parent Visa. It is a parent visa that lets the applicant, who has children living in Australia as permanent residents or citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens residing in the country for a minimum of 2 years, to live and settle in Australia permanently. An eligible child or partner of the child should sponsor the applicant. The applicant makes a considerable amount of payment towards this visa in the form of a contribution that offsets the rights that come with this visa, like health care and other facilities granted by the Government. The huge contribution is to compensate for some of the rights that are at par with the rights of Australian Citizens/Residents. This is why the category is referred to as “contributory” This visa marks the second stage for processing of contributory parent visa in Australia.
Subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa
Subclass 173 Contributory Parent visa facilitates the parents of the eligible individuals to stay in the country temporarily.
However, there is no facility to renew or extend the subclass 173 visa. Subclass 173 lets the applicant live in Australia for up to two years.
An applicant is required to pay a significant charge for this visa as compared to a normal parent visa because, under this subclass, the waiting time is reduced significantly due to the payment of a hefty application fee in the form of a contribution.
An applicant arriving in Australia under subclass 173 can plan to apply for a subclass 143 Contributory Parent visa. This way, the high cost of the Contributory Parent migration visa can be spread over a number of years.
Subclass 804 Aged Parent Visa
Subclass 804 is structured for those eligible parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens (if eligible) who wish to stay in the country permanently. The applicant must be of the age to enrol for pension in the country. Subclass 804 visa has the lowest application fee of all the Parent visas. The processing of subclass 804 visa is a long-drawn affair, usually takes up to 13 years to be approved. If an application is made in Australia, the applicant may be able to remain in Australia on a bridging visa during the processing of the visa.
The subclass 864 contributory aged parent visa is framed for eligible children to sponsor their retired parents to stay permanently in Australia. The applicant must be of the age to enrol for pension in the country. Subclass 864 visa is meticulously structured for individuals who can afford an enormous “Contribution” of money to offset the rights and privileges awarded to the permanent visa holders. It is a way to compensate for the part that they have not contributed to throughout their lives as ordinary residents have by way of tax.
The immigration law in Australia is complex and difficult to understand; contact our visa immigration agent for a detailed consultation to help you apply for this visa. Our visa consultants will provide you with the required assistance to apply for a parent visa. Get in touch with our team of registered migration agents or book a meeting for an in-depth briefing with our visa immigration agents in Brisbane to find more about your visa options.
For migration to Australia, both temporary and permanent options have been designed for the parents of eligible Australian citizens and permanent residents. Currently, there are many classes of Parent visas that fall into the major categories, non-contributory and contributory. The visas may also be classified on the basis of other stipulations and conditions, such as temporary and permanent residence, an applicant’s age, sponsorship, and support by an eligible child. Understanding all the conditions of a different visa category is a tricky task. To secure a permanent residency for parents: ‘non-contributory’ and ‘contributory’ are the major two pathways.
Our visa migration agents are constantly updated with the changes in the immigration law to provide you with up to date information on your range of visa based queries.