Australia Parent Visa FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Australia Parent Visa FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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What is the balance-of-family test?

The balance-of-family test is an essential eligibility criterion for the Australian Parent visa, and it helps establish the extent of parents’ links to Australia and is said to meet if not less than half of their children stay permanently in Australia or more of their children are permanent Australian residents than in any other country. 


I have applied for non-contributory Parent visa subclass 103. How long will it take to process my application?

The processing time for Parent visa applications is dependent on various factors like the Migration Program planning levels, visa-category priority, the complexity of the case, and volume of applications lodged, and as a result, it varies. However, the case officer, who deals with the application once it is lodged, can give you the estimated processing time.

The Australian Government prepares the overall migration program every year and the migration department ensures that the number of visas in each category is granted in concurrence of the numbers set in the planning levels. The department presently receives more applications that there are places available in the non-contributory Parent visas. Consequently, the processing time for the Parent visa subclass 103 will increase as it comes under lower processing priority. It will take 30 years once your visa is on the queue date. 


I am 65 years of age and want to live in Australia with my children. Am I eligible for a Contributory Parent visa?

You are eligible for a Contributory Parent visa subclass 173/143 and Contributory Aged Parent visa subclass 884/864 provided you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You are a parent of a child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  2. Meet the balance-of-family test, where not less than half of their children stay permanently in Australia.
  3. You must be sponsored by the child, who is 18 years old and is an Australian citizen and has lawfully lived in Australia for a minimum of two years.
  4. Satisfy health and character requirements.


Can I visit Australia when my Parent visa application is under process?

The Parent visa application takes a longer processing time depending on the category of the visa, whether contributory or non-contributory. While the Contributory Parent visa takes a minimum of three years, the non-contributory Parent visa takes thirty years before the visa is granted. However, you may apply for the visa that allows you to stay for 12 months. In case the wait time for the parent visa is long, then you may opt for the temporary sponsored parent visa, which allows you to stay up to 5 years at a time with your child. Contact Immigration Help for more information. 


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How much does it cost to apply for a Contributory Parent visa?

The Contributory Parent visas are subject to high costs, and they depend on the category of the visa you opt for and on case by case. The Contributory Parent visas are subclass 173/143 and subclass 864/884. To have detailed information on the visa application cost – first instalment and second instalments and Assurance of Support payment contact Immigration Help. 


Can I bring my parents to live in Australia?

If you are an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen and have been lawfully living in Australia for a minimum of two years, then you can bring your parents to Australia. There are two categories of visa for the purpose, and they are the non-contributory and contributory visas, which come under the subclasses of 173/143 and 864/884. However, there are other eligibility criteria such as having a sponsor, meet the balance-of-family test, satisfy health and character necessities and of course be ready to pay the higher visa application fee. 


Why has my Parent visa application been refused?

There could be a few reasons for the rejection of your Parent visa application. They are:

  1. You failed to meet the terms of a previous visa.
  2. You did not provide sufficient evidence against the claims provided in the application.
  3. You failed to meet the health or character requirements.
  4. You did not have an eligible sponsor
  5. You could not determine the extent of your Australia connections by not meeting the balance-of-family test.
  6. You made a false claim or fill in the wrong information in the application.


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How is Contributory Parent visa different from Non-Contributory Parent visa?

When applicants in the contributory parent category are given high priority for processing, those in the parent (non-contributory) category have to wait longer for their visa to be processed and finalised. Moreover, the contributory parent visa applicants have to pay higher second instalments, as well as larger Assurance of Support money, which is a contribution to health and welfare costs. 


What is the visa application charge for a parent category visa?

A parent category visa asks for the visa application charge (VAC) paid in two instalments. The first VAC must be paid at the time of lodging the application and is a processing fee paid as per the applicant. In case the application is refused. The first VAC is not refunded. The second VAC, on the other hand, is paid by the applicant and the members included in the application. Unlike the first VAC, the second VAC is paid when it is asked to, and it is mostly at the time of the grant of the visa. The second visa instalment is also not refunded, except in limited circumstances like the cancellation of visa before the arrival of the visa holder in Australia. 


Can I include family members after I have lodged my visa application?

You can add your partner or your or your partner’s child or step-child in your visa application if your visa allows them to be added. 


Who can help me apply for an Australian Parent visa?

A migration agent like Immigration Help who is registered by the Office of the Migration Agent Authority can help with the Parent visa application. We help you by discussing your visa application with them and also provide all the necessary information. We can also act as an authorised recipient on your behalf and send and receive emails and letters to and from them. 


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What children are counted in the balance-of-family test?

The balance-of-family test counts children, including step-children and adopted children of both parents. However, among these children, at least half of them must be Australia citizens or Australia PR. 


Are there any provisions for prioritising my Parent visa application?

There are provisions for prioritising your Parent visa; however, it largely depends on the type of the visa you have applied. The primary applicant, who is sponsored by the Australian permanent resident, of the contributory parent visa, gets the priority. 


What is the application process for the Australian  parent visas?

The application form, with all the evidence against your claims, must be lodged by post or courier to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) office in Perth. The processing time for the contributory parent visa is two years, and that for non-contributory parent visa is up to 30 years. 


Australian Parent Visa – How Can Immigration Help Assist You?

With years of experience in the Australia immigration process, we take pride in an Almost 100 %  visa success rate. Our expertise in the field helps to understand your needs and circumstances and choose the right Australian Parent visa.


We give you the best chance by strongly presenting your situation with the immigration authorities. The Australia Parent visa is granted only if you satisfy all the legal requirements and provide enough evidence against your claims in the application. Where any of the criteria are not met with, then your visa application will result in rejection. Being a registered migration agent, we, at Immigration Help, have considerable experience in dealing with the visas of these types. 



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For Australian Parent Visa Assistance – Contact Immigration Help


We can handle Australia parent visa application for you or your parents at any time as a reliable consultant. As for as,  your Australian  Parent visa requirements, we are well-versed with the Australia parent visa procedure and can help you undergo the process smoothly.


Being a Registered Migration  Agent in Adelaide Australia, we take pride in having most of our clients completely satisfied, working with us for their Australia Parent visas. Our expertise in the field combined with the core values of commitment, compassion and care has helped us give cent per cent result when it comes to filing the  visa application for Australia and meeting the Australia visa requirements.


If you are looking for assistance, you can contact Immigration Help at Mobile/WhatsApp No. +61433303774 (Australia) or drop an email at [email protected]



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