Parent & Children Visa

Parent Visa 

There are two streams of visas available to parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents: 

  • the Contributory Parent Stream; or 
  • the Queued Parent Streams. 

For both visas your parents will need to show that the pass the balance of family (BOF) test.  

Contributory Parent Visas are usually granted within 12 months of lodging the application. The cost would be: $86,500 per couple in Department of Immigration fees alone.  

In contrast, the fees for the Queued Parent Visas are about $2,000 but at the moment applicants are waiting more than 15 years to be granted one of these visas. The limited number of queued parent visas available each year means that the processing time is likely to increase in the future. 

It is important to consider your parent’s circumstances to decide whether there is an easier and less costly way to bring into Australia rather than using a parent visa, and we can help you do this. 

Child Visas  

WHO CAN BE A SPONSOR? 

A sponsor must be: 

  • older than 18 years of age. 
  • an Australian citizen, or 
  • an Australian permanent resident or the holder of a permanent visa, or 
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen. 

 

CHILD (PERMANENT) (SUBCLASS 802) 

To apply for a Child (Permanent) (Subclass 802), a child must be: 

  • inside Australia when applying for the visa 
  • sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner. 

If a child is 18 years or older, they must be single and either: 

  • a full-time student between 18 and 25 years of age and financially dependent on the sponsoring parent, or 
  • unable to work due to disability. 

 

CHILD (PERMANENT) (SUBCLASS 101) 

To apply for a Child (Permanent) (Subclass 101) visa, the child must be: 

  • outside Australia when applying for the visa 
  • sponsored by their parent or their parent’s partner. 

If a child is 18 years or older, they must be single and either: 

  • a full-time student between 18 and 25 years of age and financially dependent on the sponsoring parent; or 
  • unable to work due to disability.