The Parent Visa lets an Australian citizen or permanent resident sponsor their parents to migrate to Australia.
WHO CAN APPLY TO SPONSOR THEIR PARENTS?
An Australian permanent resident must have lived in Australia for at least two years before lodging the visa application to sponsor their parents. An Australian citizen must have lived here for at least three months.
WHICH PARENTS ARE ELIGIBLE?
Balance of Family Test
Parents must meet the ‘Balance of Family’ (BOF) test. Criteria include:
- Parents have at least half of their children living in Australia (permanent residents or citizens)
- Parents have more children living in Australia (PR or citizens) than in any other single country
Note that all children of the applicants are counted, including children of previous relationships of either applicant.
There is no age requirement for applications submitted from outside Australia.
If parents are onshore, they can apply if one parent is at least 65 years of age. If both parents are under 65, the application must be submitted from outside Australia.
Assurance of Support
This is required for all Parent Visa applications. It’s a legal commitment to repay the Australian Government for social security benefits paid to the applicants. A bond may be payable, which is released after 10 years along with interest. Normally, a family member provides Assurance of Support, but there are other options available.