Parent Visas

Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

The Parent Visa Subclass 173 is a temporary visa designed for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or New Zealand citizens. This visa allows parents to live in Australia temporarily for up to two years. It serves as the initial stage towards the Contributory Parent (Permanent) Visa Subclass 143, which provides permanent residency.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Family Relationship: You must be the parent of an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen.

  2. Balance of Family Test: At least half of your children must be permanently residing in Australia, or more of your children must live in Australia than in any other single country.

  3. Health and Character Requirements: You must meet health and character requirements as determined by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

  4. Assurance of Support: You may need to provide assurance of financial and housing support to avoid reliance on government assistance.

Pathway to Permanent Residency:

The Parent Visa Subclass 173 is temporary, but it provides a pathway to permanent residency through the Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143. To transition to permanent residency, you must apply for the Subclass 143 visa before your Subclass 173 visa expires. The Subclass 143 visa involves additional requirements, including higher application fees, but it grants permanent residency allowing you to live permanently in Australia.

Benefits of the Parent Visa Subclass 173:

  • Temporary Residence: Live in Australia with your family for up to two years.
  • Pathway to Permanent Residency: Opportunity to apply for the Subclass 143 visa for permanent residency.
  • Access to Health Services: Access to Medicare, Australia’s public health system.
  • Living and Working: Opportunity to live, work, and study in Australia during the visa duration.

(Subclass 870) Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

The Subclass 870 Parent Visa is for parents whose children are Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or New Zealand citizens and meet the requirements. This visa allows parents to stay in Australia for a longer period on a temporary basis and live with their children.

This visa can be granted for 3 or 5 years. After the visa expires, visa holders can apply for visa renewal.

Features and benefits of the Subclass 870 visa include:

  • Longer Stay: Parents can stay in Australia for 3 or 5 years and have more opportunities to be with their children and grandchildren.
  • Renewal Capability: After the initial visa period expires, parents can apply for visa renewal.
  • Family Living: This visa allows parents to live with their children in Australia and enjoy the country’s social and cultural opportunities.

Requirements and necessary documents for this visa include:

  • Financial Support: Children must accept financial responsibility for their parents and provide necessary documents to prove financial capability.
  • Health and Character Certification: Parents must provide documents related to their health and character to ensure they can temporarily reside in Australia.
  • No Financial Inability: Parents must demonstrate that they have no financial debts to the Australian government.

If you are interested in applying for the Subclass 173 or 870 Parent Visas, contact us for more information and additional guidance.

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