Currently there are two main Permanent Residence Parent Visa options, the Non-Contributory and the Contributory Parent Visas. Depending upon eligibility these can be applied for either Onshore or Offshore. As with all visas applications there are a range of selection criteria that must be met, these and other factors may influence your choice of visa. If not eligible for the permanent residence Parent visa there are also a range of Temporary Visa options for Parents .
Note if applying for an 'Aged' Parent visa the age requirements will change on the 1st July 2017.
Visas for Parents:
Leaving parents, family and friends behind is one of the hardest parts of migrating. Whilst Skype and Emails may be really useful communications tools, they cannot replace actual contact. Plus, we may want our parents closer so that we can care for them as they get older. As with several visas classes the parent visas are subject to yearly quota's and applicants are placed within a queuing system. The demand and limited number of places has resulted in the DIBP suggesting waiting periods for the Contributory Parent visas, for example 18 months to 2 years (can vary over time) and Non-Contributory visas of 10 to 50 years.
Please feel welcome to Contact us to discuss how we might assist your needs.
This page provides a brief overview of the visas available
Selection criteria for all Parent Visa applications include that the "balance of family" test be met, based upon the countries of residency of the applicant's 'eligible' children (NB includes adopted/step-children) in Australia. Plus, the parent's sponsoring child must be a "settled" permanent resident of Australia.
Do you meet the 'balance of family' and 'settled' tests? If not see below as there may be other Visa options.
As with all visas applicants must meet eligibility criteria:
Consider options for parents well in advance:
There is no lower age limit for parent visas, therefore given the time factors involved it makes sense to develop a strategy and plans well in advance. Many people do not consider a parent visa until the parent is in need of their support.
Visas options available:
NB: Where eligible aged parents may be able to apply for their visa whilst in Australia.
Pros & Cons:
The positives and negatives of each visa option should be weighed up against the individuals circumstances. For example:
Not eligible for a parents visa:
If not eligible for the permanent residence Parent visa there are also a range of Temporary Visa options for Parents .
You may also be eligible for another visa? Depending upon your age skilled, employer or business visas. There is an investor retirement visa option, which may be useful if you wish to live with your family in Australia but they do not currently meet the sponsorship requirements.