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Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is a good time to think about the available Australian Parent visa options and to plan for the future.
Australia is an attractive country to be of residence. On a global standard, Australia is in a very comfortable position based on the most current COVID19 statistics.
As the elderly are known to be of increase risk due to COVID19, Australian residents and citizens with parents of foreign residence are now more than ever, looking to permanently relocate their loved ones and we can assist.
There are a number of different visa options.
Parent Visa options (Permanent):
- Onshore Aged Parent (Subclass 804) visa;
- Onshore Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 864) visa; or
- Offshore Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa.
There is also the option of the offshore Non-Contributory Parent (Subclass 103) visa option, but there is a 30-year processing time.
The permanent parent visas are divided into two categories, Contributory and Non-Contributory.
The “Non-Contributory” Aged Parent (Subclass 804) visa has a much lower visa application charge, but a much longer processing time. This visa currently has a 30+ year processing time estimate. This is due to a couple of factors. First, the huge number of parents wanting to join their children in Australia and secondly, the low number of visa allocations per financial year.
The Contributory (Subclass 143 or 864) visa has a shorter processing time, but a much higher visa application charge and the waiting time is approximately 4 years so planning early is the key.
Some parents can apply in Australia. For example, the Non-Contributory Aged (Subclass 804) visa can be applied for onshore in Australia, providing a bridging visa to applicants which permits them to remain in Australia over the 30-year processing period.
There are specific age requirements for the Non-Contributory Aged (Subclass 804) visa so please contact us if you have any questions.
Permanent Parent Visa Requirements:
- Balance of family test: One of the first requirements you must consider is whether you meet the ‘balance of family test’. This means, you must have more or equal eligible children, than ineligible children. An eligible child is an Australian permanent resident or Citizen who resides in Australia. An ineligible child resides overseas. If you have one child who is of Australian permanent residence, and another child who is not then you still meet the balance of family test.
- There are many other variables when applying for these visas, including meeting health and character requirements and your eligible children must demonstrate that they are settled in Australia.
If you meet the above criteria, you may be eligible for one of Australia’s many Parent visa options.
Australia has also increased the number of family visa allocations for the 2020/21 financial year which is a positive move for anyone looking at applying for a Permanent Parent Visa.
As Australian Immigration lawyers and registered migration agents we can assist you with all your questions and queries.
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