The Parent visa allows parents to migrate to Australia permanently to join their children living in Australia. The Parent visa requires sponsorship from an eligible child in Australia.
The government limits the number of available Parent visas available each program year. Therefore, applicants who apply and meet core criteria for this visa are placed in a global queue. Under the Contributory Parent visa program, applicants pay a larger fee with a shorter processing period.
Australian Aged Parent Visa Basic Requirements
To be eligible to apply for an Aged Parent visa, applicants must meet the age requirement, pass the ‘balance of family’ test and be sponsored by their child who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen settled in Australia.
An aged parent is one who is old enough to be granted an Australian age pension. For male applicants, the qualifying age is currently 65 years and for female applicants, the qualifying age ranges from 63 to 65 depending on the applicant’s date of birth.
Balance of Family
The ‘balance of family’ test applies to all Parent visa applicants and the applicant must demonstrate that they have:
at least half of their children living lawfully and permanently in Australia; or
more children living lawfully and permanently in Australia than in any one single country overseas.
An Aged Parent visa must be applied for onshore and applicants are required to be in Australia at the time that the visa is granted.
All Australian visa applicants are required to satisfy health and character requirements.