If you are outside Australia
A permanent visa for parents who have children living in Australia.
A permanent visa for parents with children living in Australia. This visa costs more than the Parent visa but is generally processed faster.
This is a temporary visa valid for two years. If you hold this visa you can then apply for the permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).
This visa is for holders of a temporary Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173), who want to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).
Any parent who has at least half their children residing in Australia or have more children residing in Australia than any other country may apply. If you are over the retirement age (65 for men, 63 for women) then the application is for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa otherwise it is for the Contributory Parent Visa.
What is the contribution?
The contribution is currently AUD$42,220 per applicant for the 2011-2012 financial year and this amount is normally revised on the 1st July each year (at the start of the Australian financial year). If you apply for the permanent visa then full payment is made just prior to grant of visa.
otherwise, the first payment (currently AUD $25,330) is made just prior to the grant of the temporary visa and the second payment (currently AUD $16,885) made when you convert the temporary visa to permanent.
In addition an Assurance of support will also be required. Details of what this will entail can be found on the Department Of Immigration website under Fact Sheet Assurance of Support and on the Centrelink website under Assurance of Support .
These visas are subject to an annual quota (approximately 5900 per year) and the current waiting times are 18 months to 2 years.
Parent and aged parent visas
We cannot recommend these visas at this time. Currently the quota is 2,000 visas per year and there are over 25,000 applicants currently on the waiting list!
If you would like to know more please contact us on 0208 996 0120 or by e-mail