Australian Parent Visas are for parents who have children who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia. There are two categories of visas for parents wishing to migrate to Australia:
Australia Contributory Parent Visa
Contributory Parent Visa
Contributory Aged Parent Visa
Australia Parent Visa
Aged Parent Visa
The main criteria for both parent category visas are the same. However, applicants for the Contributory Parent visa are required to make a significant contribution to their future health and welfare costs. The Contributory Parent visa category also offers temporary visas valid for 2 years.
Holders of a temporary Contributory Parent visa are able to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa.
Parent visas are capped but there is more than 3 times the number of places for Contributory Parent Visa applicants than Parent Visa applicants, and Contributory Parent Visa have a higher processing priority. Applicants must be the parent of, and be sponsored by, a child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Applicants must meet the ‘balance of family’ test. The Public Interest Criteria must be met (Health and Character (Police Clearance)). An Assurance of Support and bond must be provided. Please contact us for more information regarding Assurance of Support (AoS).
"Balance of Family" Test (summary)
the number of children of the parent who are lawfully and permanently resident in Australia or are eligible New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia is:
(i) greater than, or equal to, the total number of children of the parent who are resident overseas; or
(ii) greater than the greatest number of children of the parent who are resident in any single overseas country. Aged parents: for men the qualifying age is 65 years.for women this depends on their date of birth.