What Things to Consider Before Applying For Australian Parent Visa?

Are you a parent of a permanent resident or citizen of Australia? Are you an eligible New Zealand citizen wishing to bring your parents to live with you? Then the Parent Visa provided by the Department Of Immigration of Australia can work for you.  

The prerequisites of applying for the Parent visa

There are several types of parent visa and their application and conditions are also different. However, some of the conditions of all the visas are similar. The following conditions must be considered and satisfied in addition to the specific requirement of the respective visa;

  • The candidate must be the parent, step-parent, and parent-in-law of the parent sponsor.
  • The candidate must be aged 18 years and above.
  • The applicant must have an approved sponsor.
  • The applicant(s) must have complied with other previous visa obligations.
  • They must meet the character and health requirements. These conditions can be concisely listed as:
  • The candidate must not have any disease or conditions which can threaten public health, resulting in a significant monetary strain on the Australian healthcare and community system, or place a demand for healthcare and community services that are in short supply.
  • The applicants must not have a significant criminal record or have not been convicted of escaping from immigration detention, or convicted of any crime committed while staying, during an escape, or between the period of escaping and subsequently being apprehended to an immigration detention center again.
  • The candidate should not have contact or affiliation with any person, group, or organization that the Minister reasonably suspects of being associated with criminal activity.
  • The candidates shouldn’t provide reasons for the minister to rationally suspect them of being involved in activities, group, or organizations involved with person smuggling, public trafficking, massacre, war crimes, crimes against humanity, criminalities involving torture or slavery, or crimes of severe international distress. The minister can refuse the visa even if the applicant hasn’t been convicted of these crimes.
  • The candidate must have enough money, or have access to enough money, to support themselves while they are in Australia.
  • For a temporary parent visa, the applicant has the right to stay in Australia temporarily. Any activity which is in violation of the rules associated with the visa may result in the prompt refusal of the visa. The candidate does not have the right to reside permanently.
  • The applicant cannot apply for a permanent parent visa if he or she has arrived in Australia under a temporary parent visa.
  • The applicant may visit Australia after lodging a permanent parent visa application and during the time while the application is under consideration of the pertinent officials, but cannot stay indefinitely.
  • The applicant must possess and maintain adequate arrangements with an approved health insurance provider of Australia to cover any sudden medical emergencies while he or she is in Australia.
  • The applicant must pay back or arrange to pay back any outstanding debt he or she may have with the Australian government. This also includes any public health debt.

For some visas, the parents must also pass the balance of family test, which means that at least half their children must be permanent residents or citizens of Australia. Details of these conditions can be understood from proficient Immigration lawyers.

The different visas and their related situations

As said earlier, the Parent visas are different and have specific requirements for their application. Some of them provide permanent residence, while others grant an only temporary stay. Depending upon the existing conditions, the visa type, staying period, and permissions vary. According to the majority of an immigration lawyer Perth, there are chiefly six scenarios on which a parent visa may be applied for. The characteristics of these visas are explained by the table below:

Scenario numberScenario detailsApplicable visaVisa characteristics
1The candidate: Is applying outside Australia has a child living in Australiawants to become a permanent resident of AustraliaParent (permanent) visa (subclass 103)Less costly than other visas.Waiting period can be extensive.Less places are designated for this visa.
2The applicant:  Is applying outside AustraliaHave a child residing in AustraliaWishes to live in Australia for up to two years as a temporary residentIs prepared to pay higher visa application charges for fast-trackingContributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 173)Visa costs over AUD 30000.Processing time ranges from 3 -3.5 years approx.
Scenario numberScenario detailsApplicable visaVisa characteristics
3The applicant is: applying either inside or from outside Australiaparent of a child living in AustraliaWishes to become a permanent resident of Australiaable to pay greater visa application charges for quicker processingContributory Parent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 143)Currently costs AUD 19750.The applicant must possess an assurance of support.Processing time can be extended up to a minimum of 38 months.
4The candidate: Is applying from inside AustraliaHas a child residing in AustraliaInterested in becoming a permanent Australian residentHave similar age for qualifying Australian aged pension.Aged Parent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 804)Has a relatively low cost of AUD 3695.Has a wait time of 30 years.Not suitable for individuals suffering from terminal illnesses.
5The applicant is: Applying inside AustraliaHas an Australian citizen or permanent resident child.Wishes to stay in Australia temporarily.Meet senior age requirementsAble to pay higher charges for quicker processingContributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 884)The visa costs about AUD 32900.It allows the bearer parent a temporary stay of two years.The processing times vary on a case-to-case basis.
6The candidate: Is applying from inside AustraliaHas a child living in AustraliaInterested in permanent Australian residenceMeet the senior age requirements  Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) Visa (Subclass 864)This will require an Assurance of support (essentially financial arrangement to minimize the burden on Australian citizens).Charges can go up to AUD 19750.Processing times are relatively shorter than other permanent parent visa.

Experienced help

Unlike other visas, these visas contain some specific settings. The conditions of these different parent visas need to be carefully understood before application, so it would be best if Migration lawyers are involved in every required stage.