close menu

Reunite your family with the new Aussie parent visa

by Sam Hopwood | Jul 20, 2017
  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced a new visa: The temporary sponsored parent visa. This will allow as many as 15,000 Australians to bring their parents over to Australia every year, starting from November 2017.
    Australian flag by the beach

    It just got easier to bring your parents to Australia

    The existing Parent visa (subclass 103) takes over 20 years to be granted, and the Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) requires a very steep visa application fee, as well as a costly Assurance of Support bond. These obstacles mean that many people are faced with the reality of leaving their parents behind when immigrating to Australia, and these parents are losing out on irreplaceable years that could be spent with their children and grandchildren. 

    The temporary sponsored parent visa will solve some of these problems. The visa will allow Australian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years at a time. The visa may be renewed from outside of Australia to allow a cumulative stay of up to ten years. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will undertake a review of the temporary sponsored parent visa at the end of the first program year.

    See also: Get help navigating Australia's stricter visa rules 

    How to sponsor your parent

    The sponsor of the parent must meet the following requirements before the visa application can be made; the sponsor must:

    • Be a biological, adoptive, or step-child of the parent
    • Provide valid evidence of identity
    • Be 18 years or older
    • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
    • Have lived in Australia for at least four years
    • Meet a household income requirement
    • Meet the character requirements
    • Accept legal liability for any outstanding public health debt their sponsored parent accrues

    Note: There is no English language requirement for this visa.

    Need help getting an Aussie parent visa?

    How to apply for this visa

    The visa applicant must meet identity, health and character requirements and not have any outstanding public health debt in Australia. The applicant is required to hold health insurance from an Australian provider for the duration of their intended stay.

    The visa will cost AUD 10,000 for five years and AUD 5,000 for three years.

    Our registered migration agents in Melbourne will ensure your visa application has the greatest chance of success. Get in touch with us via email on or give us a call on +61 3 86514500 

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

    • Australia-look-see.png
      Everything you should do on your look-and-see visit to Australia
      Aug 12, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • Porto cityscape
      10 reasons to move to Porto, Portugal
      Jul 29, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • Oxford-street
      Everything you ever wanted to know about applying for a UK Tier 2 (General) visa
      Jul 18, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • Australia skyline
      Landed a temporary job Down Under? Get an Australian working holiday visa
      Jul 08, 2019  |  by Guest writer
    • sydney-australia
      Australian visa processing times: How long you’ll wait for approval
      Jun 27, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • British passport and citizenship approved
      British citizenship and indefinite leave to remain: Why you need to know the difference
      Jun 25, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • seven-corners-image
      The importance of purchasing travel insurance with a Tier 4 UK student visa
      Jun 13, 2019  |  by Guest writer
    • kangaroos
      Two new Aussie visa routes for skilled migrants
      May 23, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • Passport-stamp
      25% of UK spouse visa applications are refused every year – make sure yours isn’t one
      Apr 02, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • Mother, daughter and grandmother
      Australia’s new five-year parent visa – another way to bring your parents Down Under
      Apr 01, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood

    South Africa

    Cape Town

    Regent Square
    Doncaster Road
    Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


    25 Richefond Circle
    Umhlanga 4320 +27 (0) 31 536 8843

    United Kingdom


    One Croydon
    12-16 Addiscombe Road
    Croydon CR0 0XT +44 (0) 20 7759 7514



    9 Yarra Street
    South Yarra
    VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

    Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services Licence issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS Licence number 335 126).

    We use cookies to provide the best website experience for you. Using this website means that you agree to this. How we use cookies.