Parents of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen may be able to migrate to Australia.
There are a number of criteria which must be satisfy to be granted a visa in the Parent category. This includes having a child who is settled in Australia and is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible NZ citizen, passing the ‘balance of family’ test and satisfying certain public interest criteria relating to health and character.
The temporary Contributory Parent visas allow parents live in Australia for up to two years. You can apply separately for a permanent Contributory Parent visa to stay in Australia permanently.
These visas require the payment of a high application fee to cover medical expenses - for permanent parent visa the total cost for the application is over $40,000 per parent, for the temporary visa the cost is approximately half. Parent visa processing time can be up to 18 months.
In general, parent visas must be applied for outside Australia. However, it is possible to apply for an aged parent visa from within Australia. In order to do so, at least one of the applicants must be aged 65 or over. If the application is lodged in Australia, the applicants will be able to remain in Australia on bridging visas whilst their applications for parent visas are being processed.
In the 2015–16 Migration Programme year, 1 500 Parent (non-contributory) visa places are available for applicants applying from in and outside Australia. Parent (non-contributory) visa applications are assessed in order of lodgement, assigned a queue date and then placed in the queue for the relevant visa subclass. Based on current planning levels, applicants for a Parent (non-contributory) visa can expect an approximate 30 year wait before visa grant consideration after being allocated a queue date.
In the 2015-16 Migration Programme year, 7 175 Contributory Parent visa places are available for applicants applying from in and outside Australia. Based on current planning levels if you are a new Contributory Parent visa applicant, you can expect to wait 12 to 24 months before visa grant consideration, depending on your circumstances.