The parent 103 visa allows parents of settled Australian citizens, permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens to be sponsored by their children/stepchildren to migrate to Australia and apply for permanent residency. If granted this visa allows you to live/work/study in Australia permanently with your child/children and if eligible apply for Australian citizenship. This 103 visa application can be lodged onshore or offshore. Applicants can also bring their dependent family members to Australia.
To support the application for the subclass 103 visa certain documents are required;
To be able to sponsor you to Australia, the sponsor must also meet certain requirements.
In order to apply for this visa, the applicant must meet the requirements of the “balance of family test (BFT)” this assesses that the applicant/s must have at least half of their children living in Australia, settled as an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or that majority of your children live in Australia than any other country. This includes stepchildren and adopted children of both parents.
If you apply for this visa as a retiree, the balance of family test is not applicable
An Assurance of Support is essentially a bond with the department of human services. It is an additional cost paid by the sponsor at the time of decision, for two applicants the bond is an estimated cost of $14,000, however, the assurer’s taxable income needs to be assessed. This is amount is an agreement that financial support will be provided to the applicant/s to settle down in Australia and in circumstances of financial hardship so that there isn’t a dependency on government income (Centrelink).
This amount is paid to the department of human services and is an agreement to re-pay the department for any income support provided. The amount is repaid (minus debt to the Australian government) two years after the parent (subclass 103) visa is granted.
The assurer must:
If you apply for this visa as a retiree, Assurance of support is not applicable
For more information or to calculate the amount you will have to pay go to the Australian Government Services Australia via: assurances of support.
Under the Department of Home Affairs public health policy, if you are granted the Parent (subclass 103) Visa, you can enrol under Medicare (Australia’s public health care scheme). If you choose not to enrol under Medicare, you will need to have another type of Australian health insurance, otherwise you are personally liable for any health care costs.
Australia has reciprocal healthcare agreement with some countries, which would entitle you to Australian public health services. Find out if you are from an eligible country and more details via: when you visit australia
Until the Parent (subclass 103) Visa is granted, while in Australia, you are liable for any healthcare costs.
According to the Department of Home Affairs the first instalment upon application for the Parent (subclass 103) visa is from, AUD6,490 and there is also an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.
You might also have to pay other costs for each applicant for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not consider the second instalment or other costs.
This visa is slightly different to others in processing time because of a limited number of yearly caps on visas granted and queuing that the 103 visa is subjected to due to high demand. Meaning, The Department of Home Affairs will only grant a certain amount of parent visas each year and the rest will be pushed to the next Migration Program year.
I.e., in the 2020-21 Migration program year there were only 4,500 Parent (subclass 103) Visa and Aged Parent Visas granted.
Due to this the processing time for this visa is estimated to possibly be 25-30 years
Your application might take longer to process if:
Upon being granted there are certain requirements both the applicant and sponsor must meet.
The applicant will be held to all Australian laws and will be expected to comply with Australian standard of living. The applicant will be able to live, work and study in Australia permanently and can apply for Australian Citizenship.
The sponsor will be required to assist the applicant and additional family members settle in Australia, through providing financial and emotional support as well as adequate accommodation.
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