The Parent Visa (Subclass 103) is designed for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia permanently. It allows parents to reunite with their children who are settled in Australia.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Sponsorship: You must be sponsored by your child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  2. Balance of Family Test: At least half of your children must be Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens, or more of your children must be living in Australia than in any other single country.
  3. Health and Character: You and all family members included in the application must meet health and character requirements.
  4. Assurance of Support: An assurance of support must be provided to cover potential social security costs.

Application Process:

  1. Eligibility Check: Ensure you meet all the eligibility criteria, including the balance of family test.
  2. Sponsorship: Your child in Australia lodges a sponsorship application.
  3. Application Submission: Once sponsorship is approved, you submit the visa application online, providing necessary documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, health assessments, and character documents.
  4. Processing: The application undergoes processing, which may include additional document requests.
  5. Visa Grant: Upon approval, the Subclass 103 visa is granted, allowing permanent residency in Australia.

Benefits and Privileges:

  1. Permanent Residency: Allows you to live in Australia permanently.
  2. Work and Study Rights: Enables you to work and study in Australia.
  3. Medicare: Access to Australia’s healthcare scheme, Medicare.
  4. Social Services: Eligibility for certain social services and benefits.
  5. Travel: Multiple entry and exits from Australia for up to five years.


Q: What is the processing time for Subclass 103 visa applications?
A: Processing times vary but can be several years due to high demand. It’s advisable to check the current processing times on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Q: Can I include my spouse in the application?
A: Yes, your spouse can be included if they meet the health and character requirements. Separate applications for other dependent family members may also be made.

Q: Is there an age limit for parents applying for this visa?
A: There is no upper age limit for parent visa applicants. However, health requirements must be met, and applicants should consider obtaining health insurance given potential age-related health concerns.

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