• Charlene Tan

How to obtain a Parent Visa for Australia?


What is a Parent visa in Australia?

A parent visa allows an established Australian citizen or permanent resident to be sponsored to live in Australia. As a parent, you can apply for a permanent or temporary parent visa class.


You can apply for a parent visa if your child:

  • an Australian citizen

  • Permanent resident of Australia

  • Eligible New Zealand citizen

In addition, the child must meet the requirements of a family balance test and the child has been legally resident in Australia for at least two years. Finally, you may need to provide an assurance of support.


What is the balance of family test?

A successful family balance test is required to apply for a parent visa.

You meet the balance of family test if:

  • Over 50% of your children live in Australia or

  • Over 50% of your children live in Australia more permanently than in any other country.

What is the assurance of support?

If you are applying for a parent visa in the Permanent Resident category, you are required to provide an assurance of support.


This is a legal document confirming that you will receive financial assistance so that you do not have to rely on social security contributions under certain circumstances.

In most cases, this document will be provided by the sponsor's child.


What is a permanent parent visa?

The following parent visas give you Permanent Residency status in Australia:

  • Parent visa (subclass 103)

  • Contributory parent visa (subclass 143)

  • Aged parent visa (subclass 804)

  • Contributory aged parent visa (subclass 864)

What is a temporary parent visa?

The following parent visas give you temporary Residency status in Australia:

  • Contributory parent (temporary) visa (subclass 173)

  • Contributory aged parent (temporary) visa (subclass 884)

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Please note, this should be taken as a generic guide and is not considered or official advice. Travel advice is evolving constantly, as such, proper assessment should be undertaken at all times.


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