Parent visa


Parent visas allow Australian Citizens and Permanent residents to sponsor their parents to travel to and remain in Australia. The parent must meet the balance of the family test. A parent meets this requirement if either:

  •  at least half of their children live permanently in Australia
  •  more of their children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.

There are both onshore and offshore options, but a parent must be an aged parent to be able to apply for an onshore parent visa.
There are also contributory and non – contributory options for parent visas. The contributory parent visa requires a larger visa application charge; however the processing time is much quicker than non – contributory parent (18 months as against 30 years). The extended waiting time is due to the capping of parent visas, which means that only a certain number of visas can be granted in a financial year.