Parent visa (subclass 103)

This visa was permanently closed to new applications on 2 June 2014. No further applications for this visa are able to be made. The information on these pages is for people who are visa holders or who have a current subclass 103 application.

Features

This visa lets parents live in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

There can be long waiting times of up to 13 years before this visa is approved.​​

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • lodged your application prior to 2 June 2014
  • are sponsored
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • are prepared to wait in a queue before your visa can be decided.

About this visa

The Parent visa (subclass 103) was permanently closed to new applications on 2 June 2014.  The information contained on this page is for visa holders or people awaiting a decision on their visa application.

For more information see Closing of Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas.

All applications lodged before 2 June 2014 will continue to be processed as normal.

You might consider visiting Australia on a non-ongoing short-term basis through the Visitor visa.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

There is significant demand for this visa and places are limited. You could wait up to 13 years to have this visa decided.

Instead of waiting, you could consider a Contributory Parent visa, which is usually finalised in less than two years.

If you apply for a Contributory Parent visa, you will pay a higher visa application charge.  A longer assurance of support with a higher bond would also be needed before you could be granted a permanent Contributory Parent visa.  The higher charges offset some costs to the community, such as the costs of health and welfare services.

Tourist visa

If you have been granted a Tourist visa (subclass 676) or Visitor visa (subclass 600) through ministerial intervention you should contact the Perth office in Western Australia - attention Parent Visa Centre - to discuss your circumstances.

Visa applicants

This information is for current applicants for a Parent visa (subclass 103).

You must be outside Australia when the visa is decided.

After you have applied

Processing arrangements

We process applications for this visa in the order in which they are lodged, subject to visa processing time service standards and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions.

There is a high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places are available. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queuing arrangements. This means your application is considered in two stages:

  • Your application is assessed against the core requirements for this visa. It is then either placed in a queue to wait for a visa place to become available, or it is refused. If it is placed in a queue, we will tell you your 'queue date'. In the interest of fairness and equity, there is no provision to move your application ahead of others in the queue even if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.
  • When a visa place becomes available:
    • we assess your application to check whether you still qualify for this visa (including health and character requirements and an assurance of support)
    • if you qualify for this visa, we ask for the second instalment of the visa application charge
    • we make a final decision about your visa application.

The Parent visa Queue Calculator lets you estimate how many people are ahead of you in the queue.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are responsible for the cost of health assessments and any other tests.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more, during the past 10 years, since you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are responsible for the costs of police certificates or any other certificates. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Debts to the Australian government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

This also applies to all dependent family members listed in the application, whether they are migrating or not.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in your circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. If you know it, you should also include the number we gave you when you applied – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

You can send your signed letter of withdrawal to your case officer by email: parents@immi.gov.au.

Assurance of support

A person or organisation must give you an assurance of support. They can be your sponsor or another person. Up to three people can provide an assurance of support for you.

An assurance of support is a legal commitment to provide you with financial support so you do not have to rely on social security payments.

The assurance covers you and the family members included in your application.

An assurer must:

  • lodge a bond for each applicant aged 18 years or older:
    • AUD5000 — for the main applicant
    • AUD2000 — for each adult family member included in your application.
  • repay any recoverable social security payments you receive in the first two years of living in Australia.

If the assurer is an organisation, a larger bond is required for each application.

The bond is refunded two years after you enter Australia on this visa. Any debts to the government are deducted from the bond and only the balance is refunded.

We will tell you how and when to lodge an assurance of support after we receive your visa application.

More information about the assurance of support and how much you need to pay is located on the website of the Department of Human Services.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Parent visa (subclass 103). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa status and entitlements.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

You will not automatically receive the age pension or social security payments in Australia. You will have to wait:

  • two years for most social security payments
  • ten years for age and disability pension payments.

You could qualify for a Special Benefit payment from DHS if you suffer a major change of circumstances that is beyond your control. Any payments you receive for up to two years after you arrive in Australia could reduce the amount you receive for the refund of your assurance of support.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Sponsors

This information is for a person who is sponsoring their parent for a Parent visa (subclass 103). You can sponsor more than one parent for this visa.

Sponsor obligations

As a sponsor, you must give a written undertaking to provide support for your parent for the first two years of their stay in Australia. This also applies to any family members who came with your parent to Australia.

During this period, you must provide:

  • support
  • accommodation
  • financial assistance.

Assurance of support

If you have also provided an accepted assurance of support for your parent, you are responsible for repaying the Australian Government for any social security payments accessed during the first two years of their stay in Australia. This also applies to any family members who came with your parent to Australia.