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Can I bring my parents with me to live in Australia?


Yes, you may be able to bring your parents to live in Australia under certain circumstances. There are two main visa options available for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens: the Parent Visa and the Contributory Parent Visa.


The Parent Visa allows parents to live permanently in Australia, but it has a long processing time. Currently, the waiting time for this visa is around 30 years.he Contributory Parent Visa is a more expensive option, but it has a shorter processing time, currently quoted as approximately 12 years.


Applicants must meet the balance-of-family test. The balance-of-family test measures your family ties to Australia.

To meet this test, either:


  • at least half of your children must live permanently in Australia

  • more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any one other country.


This requirement will not be waived, even in compelling or exceptional circumstances.


In addition to these options, there is also a temporary Sponsored Parent Visa. Applicants do not need to meet the balance of family test for this option. The visa validity is either 3 or 5 years. This visa has a range of requirements, including sponsorship by an eligible child, a minimum household income, and adequate health insurance coverage for the parent(s) while in Australia.


It is important to note that there are strict eligibility criteria for all parent visas, and the application process can be complex and time-consuming. Contact one of our Registered Migration Agents who can help guide you through the options and process.


Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.


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