Parent and Other Family

Parent Visa options

The main categories in the ‘Parent visa stream are the Parent and the Contributory Parent visas.

Our quick guide to main criteria for these applications -

Parent category Contributory Parent category
Must meet balance of family criteria Must meet balance of family criteria
Child of the parent who is a settled Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen Child of the parent who is a settled Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
Processing once the application is lodged takes around 10 years before visa consideration Processing once the application is lodged takes between 18 months to two years before visa consideration [processing time is much faster as the higher additional application fees are charged]
Visa charges for lodging this application Visa charges for lodging this applicationHas additional non-refundable charges for each applicant [payable near end of process] which are substantial to recognise the cost of individuals to the health care system as we age
Must meet health and character criteria Must meet health and character criteria
Assurance of Support, with Bond payable as Term Deposit near end of application [ refundable after a set period, subject to conditions] Assurance of Support with Bond payable as Term Deposit near end of application [refundable after a set period, subject to conditions]
Can be lodged either as: one Application direct to permanent residence OR in a two stage process (a temporary visa application, and then a subsequent application for a permanent visa prior to the two year temporary visa expiring)

Other Family – child, remaining relative, NZ family, carer visas.

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