You might be eligible to apply for a parent category visa if:
How long can I stay in Australia on a parent category visa?
A parent category visa allows you to:
- Live in Australia for up to 2 years as a temporary resident, or
- Live in Australia as an Australian permanent resident
You will need to have a sponsor to apply for a parent category visa to live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.
A sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen who:
There are special provisions for a sponsor under 18 years of age.
These provisions are explained in the visa options below.
All applicants for a parent visa must meet the balance of family test.
The balance of family test is designed to determine the extent of your links to Australia.
You meet the balance of family test if:
The following visa options allow a parent to:
The processing time varies depending on the type of visa you apply for, for instance student visa applications are usually finalised within 1-3 months, partner visas within 12-15 months, permanent employer sponsored visas within 6-8 months from the date of lodgment. Have a look at the service standards of the Department for more information HERE
Migration to Australia / Visa to Australia / 457 visa / Skilled visa / RSMS visa / State sponsorship / Student visa - Open Migration