Sponsored & Contributory Parent Visas
The Australian visa system has six classes of visas that people may be eligible to apply for if they are wanting to assist their parents to migrate to Australia on a permanent basis. These subclasses include subclass 173, subclass 870, subclass 804, subclass 103, subclass 884 and subclass 143.
Currently, there are two options for Parents wanting to be sponsored by their children to live in Australia permanently on a 3- or 5-year visa known as the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) Visa.
Parent visas can be confusing, costly and stressful. Ethos Migration Lawyers ensure that our clients feel at ease when engaging us to handle their parents migration application.
Family migration can be a very stressful and nervous time for people and that is why you need someone you can rely on to provide professional and qualified advice.
Ethos Migration Lawyers ensure we are there every step of the way through your Parent visa journey.
By engaging with Ethos Migration Lawyers, you are engaging highly skilled immigration lawyers to professionally handle your Parent Visa application.
We take the time to understand your situation and assist you in achieving the best result possible.
Options For Parents Wanting To Be Sponsored
Option 1 – Apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 870)
This is a temporary visa that lets parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents visit and remain in Australia for up to 3 or 5 years. A sponsorship is required for this visa for each parent and the Balance of Family Test (BoF) does not apply. The maximum stay is up to 10 years but all subsequent visa applications for this visa must be applied for from outside Australia.
Option 2 – Apply for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804) or Parent visa (subclass 103)
This option has a very long waiting period for the visas to be processed, the Department of Home Affairs is currently advising that it could take up to 30 years for one of the above visas to be granted.
Option 3 – Apply for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) or Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)
The Contributory Parent visa application follows a two-stage process. If the requirements are met, you will be issued with your temporary visa and will then have two years to apply for your corresponding permanent visa.
The permanent visas are the Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864) and the Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) depending on the age requirements.
The Contributory Parent visas have much higher visa application charges and can be in excess of $45,000 for each applicant.
What Is The Difference Between The Aged Parent Visas And The Parent Visas?
Depending on the age of the applicants, they will need to apply for a Parent visa with respect to their current age. To be eligible to apply for an Aged Parent visa, you will need to be eligible for the ‘Aged Pension’ in Australia.
Requirements For A Sponsored Or Contributory Parent Visa
- You must have a child who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen who is willing to sponsor you
- Your child must have been a legal resident in Australia for at least two years
- Meet the age requirements as set out by the regulations
- Meet the balance of family test
- Meet health and character requirements
What Is The Balance Of Family Test?
In order to be eligible to apply for any Parent visa, you will need to be able to prove that you satisfy the balance of family test. The balance of family test is used by the Australian government to measure your connection and ties to Australia.
You meet the balance of family test requirement if you either:
- Have at least half (or 50%) of your children living permanently in Australia.
- More of your children live in Australia permanently than in any other country.
Please note, you and your partner’s children are included in the test which includes stepchildren and adopted children.
What Can You Do With An Immigration Parent Visa?
An Immigration Parent visa allows you to either keep your parents in Australia for a long period of time, possibly even permanently, or to bring your parents to Australia from overseas.
The Parent visas for Australia acknowledge the need for individuals to have their parents with them to reduce the physical strains which travel can have on our elderly generation.
Contributory Aged Parent visas (subclasses 864 and 884) allow parents to stay in Australia while the visa is being processed. These two visa streams however have high costs associated with them.
Non-contributory Parent visas are considerably lower in costs and don’t attract large visa application charges, however, could take a few decades to be processed due to the demand for the visa. The Aged Parent (subclass 804) visa allows your parents to be onshore for the duration of the processing time on a bridging visa.
In order to be eligible for an Australian Parent visa, you will need to be able to pass the balance of family test which measures your connection and ties to Australia. You meet the eligibility for this test if you:
- Have at least 50% of your children living permanently in Australia; or
- Have more of your children living permanently in Australia than in any other country.
Parent Visa Costs In Australia
Many factors go into the cost of client matters at Ethos Migration Lawyers. This is one of the most important reasons we encourage all prospective applicants and sponsors to complete a consultation. This consultation allows both parties to assess all requirements and examine which Parent visa and migration pathway may be the most appropriate and successful for you and your family.
The Department of Home Affairs Parent Visa cost for Australia ranges quite drastically, with the Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173 and 143) options costing upwards of AUD $50,000.00 per applicant. The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870), Aged Parent (subclass 804) and Parent (subclass 103) visas have a much lower application charge, however, some have extremely long processing times.
Parent Visa Processing Time
The Parent visa processing time can vary significantly depending on which visa you would be eligible for and applying for. Many factors can affect the processing or waiting time of these visas which is why it is important to consult with the best lawyers and agents to ensure a solid application is submitted on your behalf.
The waiting time for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804) or Parent visa (subclass 103) can take up to 30 years to be granted from the time you apply to the Department of Home Affairs. Parent visas are capped and queued meaning that once the Department reaches the number of visa places available in the current Migration Program year, they will then move on to the applications which have been queued for the following year.
The different parent visa Australia processing times can change for many different reasons including but not limited to:
- Changes in planning levels
- The number of visa applications submitted
- The number of visa applications withdrawn or refused
- Changes to processing directions
- Ministerial Intervention cases
- Administrative Appeals Tribunal remits
As there is such a long waiting time for some of these Parent visa streams, the Department does not give out a live updated processing time, however, they suggest that Contributory Parent visas can take up to 58 months, and Non-Contributory Parent and Aged Parent visas can take approximately 30 years.
Due to these long processing times, most applicants consider applying for the Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173 and 143) options.
Our Expertise In Parent Migration Visas In Australia
Ethos Migration Lawyers ensure that our clients feel at ease when engaging us to handle their Australian Parent visa applications. Parent visas for Australia can be confusing, costly, and stressful. Our lawyers and agents strive to make the processing as stress-free and as simple as possible for both yourself and your parents.
Family migration can be a very stressful and nervous time for people and that is why you need an agency you can rely on to provide professional and qualified advice. Ethos Migration Lawyers ensure we are there every step of the way through your parent visa to Australia visa journey.
The migration lawyer/migration agent assigned to your journey will manage the entire process on your behalf, ensuring each requirement is met and a successful outcome is achieved. Your Australian Parent visa is too important not to get right the first time.
For more information on how we can provide expert assistance for your Temporary & Permanent Parent Visa applications in Australia, get in touch with our nearby Melbourne team at Ethos Migration Lawyers today. Call on 1300 083 843 or book a consultation online.
Non-Contributory & Contributory Parent Visa Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of an Australian Parent visa depends on the length of time you are applying for. Currently, a three-year Temporary Parent visa has departmental fees of $5,000 in comparison to the five-year option costing $10,000 for the Temporary Sponsored (subclass 870) visa. Contributory Parent visa applications are generally around $50,000 per parent, and Non-Contributory Parent Visas are around $4,000 per parent (but have extremely long processing times).
The cost of an Australian Parent visa depends on the length of time you are applying for. Currently a three year Temporary parents visa has deparmental fees of $5,000 in comparison to the five year option costing $10,000.
You can stay in Australia for a cumulative maximum 10 year period on the Temporary Parent visa. After this time you will need to apply for a different visa subclass in order to be able to stay in Australia.
Your parents must maintain adequate health insurance for the whole of their stay in Australia. This will be a condition attached to their visa.
Eligibility to apply for a Parent visa onshore in Australia will depend on which visa they are looking to apply for. If you were planning on applying for a subsequent Temporary Parent visa, you must seek permission to be able to apply onshore and skip the 90-day offshore requirement.
Your parents are unable to work while holding a Temporary Parent visa. They will only be able to provide unpaid work in the form of providing care for grandchildren or other minor relatives in a domestic environment, undertaking volunteer work in a non-commercial capacity and assisting at local schools where the sponsor’s children or other minor relatives attend.
If your contact details have changed since you lodged your visa application, you can notify the Department of Home Affairs online through your Immi Account or through a paper Form 929.