There are many options for parents of permanent residents and Australian citizens to join them in Australia, and the differences can be confusing. Here’s a quick summary:
Non-contributory parent visas: Permanent residence visas with relatively low visa application fees, but go into a queue that could take 50 years before their turn comes up. If your parent is over the pension age, they may be eligible for a bridging visa during processing.
Contributory parent visas: These have a processing time of about three years, but you pay an extra fee of approximately $45,000 per adult included in the application. If your parent is over the pension age, they may be eligible for a bridging visa during processing.
For both of the above visas there must be more children in Australia than in any other one country (this is called the Balance of Family test).
Temporary parent visa: This is a new option that will probably be available towards the end of 2017. It will allow you to bring your parents in for up to 10 years but will cost up to $20,000 per person for that 10 year stay, and it does not provide a path to permanent residency.
The above are the main differences as of today, but there are other eligibility requirements that apply so if you’re interested in bringing your parents to Australia, contact us on 08 6161 9239 to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.