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Parent visa (subclass 103):
What this Parent visa lets you do
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa:
There is significant demand for this Parent visa and places are limited. You could wait up to 30 years to have this Parent visa decided.
Instead of waiting, you could consider a Contributory Parent visa, which is usually finalised in less than two years.
If you apply for a Contributory Parent visa, you will pay a higher visa application charge. A longer assurance of support with a higher bond would also be needed before you could be granted a permanent Contributory Parent visa. The higher charges offset some costs to the community, such as the costs of health and welfare services.
If you have been granted a Tourist visa (subclass 676) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) visa through ministerial intervention, contact the Parent Visa Centre by email to discuss your circumstances.
If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you use in your application. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, you must give the details of your new passport to the Parent Visa Centre.
You cannot apply for this Parent visa if you already hold another visa that has a ‘No further stay’ condition.
Contact us if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia.
The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
The visa application charge for this Parent visa is paid in two instalments:
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments and police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
You will also be asked to organise an assurance of support, which includes a bond, before your visa can be decided.
You might be able to get a Parent visa (subclass 103) if you:
You must be sponsored by a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. For most applicants, your child or your child’s spouse or de facto partner will need to sponsor you.
If your child is younger than 18 years of age you can be sponsored by:
More information about sponsoring is available in the ‘Sponsors’ tab.
You must meet certain health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. This also applies to all members of your family unit included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You are responsible for the cost of health assessments and any other tests and for making the necessary arrangements. The results are usually valid for 12 months.
Do not arrange a health examination until the department of immigration and border protection ask you to.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. This also applies to all members of your family unit in the application who are 16 years of age or older.
You are responsible for the costs of police certificates or any other certificates and for making the necessary arrangements.
Do not arrange for police certificates until the department of immigration and border protection ask you to.
If you are older than 18 years of age, you must sign an Australian Values Statement to confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws. The statement is included in the visa application form. You must have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book before you sign the statement.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this Parent visa can be granted.
This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application, whether they are migrating or not.
You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.
The balance-of-family test measures your ties to Australia. You meet this requirement if either:
You must meet this requirement to be granted this visa. It cannot be waived, even in compelling or exceptional circumstances.
The table below gives some examples of families with different numbers of children and whether they would pass the balance-of-family test.
|Total number of children||Number of children usually living in Australia||Number of children usually living in countries other than Australia||Meets balance of family test|
|Country A||Country B||Country C||Country D|
We do not assess the nature of your relationship with your children.
If you do not know where your children are, the department of immigration and border protection consider that they are in the country in which they were last known to live.
To be counted as usually living in Australia, your children must be one of the following:
If your children are in Australia on a temporary visa (such as a Student visa), they are counted as usually living outside Australia.
Your and your partner’s children, including stepchildren and adopted children, are counted in the balance-of-family test, unless they:
A stepchild is either:
Stepchildren born from polygamous or concurrent relationships are not recognised in Australia and so they cannot be counted in the balance-of-family test.
You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see including family members in your application.
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.
This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Parent visa (subclass 103).
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
You must complete the application form:
Your sponsor must also complete:
For each dependent relative aged 18 years or older, (whether they are migrating or not), you must also complete:
The forms must be completed in English. You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.
You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Lodge your application by post or courier to the Perth office in Western Australia – attention Parent Visa Centre.
If you have an unfinalised application for any other type of parent visa – for example, aContributory Parent visa (subclass 143) – and you want to switch to this visa, you must withdraw the other visa application at the same time or before you apply for this visa. Further information is available onForm 47PA Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF).
Please refer to preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged your application and documents, the department of immigration and border protection will acknowledge that they have received your information.
You will not be eligible for a Bridging visa to stay in Australia.
If you apply for this Parent visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from the department of immigration and border protection before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.
We process applications for this Parent visa in the order in which they are lodged, subject to visa processing time service standards and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions.
There is a high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places are available. Applications for this Parent visa are subject to capping and queuing arrangements. This means your application is considered in two stages:
The Parent visa Queue Calculator lets you estimate how many people are ahead of you in the queue.
You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, the department of immigration and border protection can make a decision about your application using the information that they have.
If another person gives the department of immigration and border protection information that could result in you being refused a visa, they will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
If you do not provide the department of immigration and border protection with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and could be denied permission to board your plane.
You can withdraw the application at any time before the department of immigration and border protection make a decision. To do this, send them a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. If you know it, you should also include the number the department of immigration and border protection gave you when you applied – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.
You can send your signed letter of withdrawal to your case officer by email:email@example.com.
Note: Charges are usually not refundable if you make a decision to withdraw your application.
A person or organisation must give you an assurance of support. They can be your sponsor or another person. Up to three people can provide an assurance of support for you.
An assurance of support is a legal commitment to provide you with financial support so you do not have to rely on social security payments.
The assurance covers you and the family members included in your application.
An assurer must:
If the assurer is an organisation, a larger bond is required for each application.
The bond is refunded two years after you enter Australia on this visa. Any debts to the government are deducted from the bond and only the balance is refunded.
We will tell you how and when to lodge an assurance of support after your application has been assessed and is released from the queue for final processing.
More information about the assurance of support and how much you need to pay is located on the website of the Department of Human Services.
If the visa is granted, the department of immigration and border protection will let you know:
If the visa is not granted, the department of immigration and border protection will let you know:
You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. The department of immigration and border protection can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless the department of immigration and border protection specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.
Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.
If you are in Australia, certified copies of the passports or travel documents you and your dependants used to enter Australia, and of any passports held since then.
You must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The sponsor needs to have been living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before you apply for this visa. For most applicants, your child or your child’s spouse or de facto partner will need to sponsor you.
If your child is younger than 18 years of age you can be sponsored by:
More information about sponsoring is available in the ‘Sponsors’ tab.
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa:
You will not automatically receive the age pension or social security payments in Australia. You will have to wait:
You could qualify for a Special Benefit payment from the Department of Human Services if you suffer a major change of circumstances that is beyond your control. Any payments you receive for up to two years after you arrive in Australia could reduce the amount you receive for the refund of your assurance of support.
You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You can sponsor your parent for this Parent visa if you are:
If you are younger than 18 years of age:
As a sponsor, you must give a written undertaking to provide support for your parent for the first two years of their stay in Australia. This also applies to any family members who came with your parent to Australia.
During this period, you must provide:
If you have also provided an accepted assurance of support for your parent, you are responsible for repaying the Australian Government for any social security payments accessed during the first two years of their stay in Australia. This also applies to any family members who came with your parent to Australia.
Source: The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Please visit www.border.gov.au to get updated information.