Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary or Permanent)
The Contributory Parent visa allow the parent(s) of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to enter into or remain in Australia. The child in question must be settled in Australia, and the parent must meet the 'balance of family' test.
Contributory Parent visa applicants pay an additional charge to the Australian Government, in exchange for faster visa processing. Applying for the temporary visa and then this permanent visa costs more but the costs are spread across the two visas over a longer period of time.
The Contributory Parent Visa (Temporary) allows the visa applicant to live in Australia for up to two years. If you want to stay in Australia permanently, you can apply directly for a Contributory Parent visa (Permanent) or before your temporary visa expires.
As the visa applicant, you must:
- have a child who is an eligible Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen
- pay an additional ('contributory') charge to the Australian Government immediately prior to the grant of your visa
- meet the health and character requirements
- meet the 'balance of family' test. This requires that at least half of your children reside in Australia, or that more of your children reside in Australia than in any other single country.
You are not required to meet the 'balance of family' test if you hold a valid Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa at the time of application for the Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa or if your Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa expired in the 28 days immediately before you apply for the permanent visa.
Your Australian child must:
- be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
- be settled in Australia (generally this means that your child must have resided in Australia for at least two years)
- undertake to provide you with any necessary financial and accommodation support for the first two years after your arrival in Australia
- be at least 18 years old, and willing to sponsor your application. You may instead be sponsored by your child's spouse or de facto partner, provided that this person meets the above requirements. Alternatively, if your child is under 18, you may in some circumstances be sponsored by a relative or guardian of your child, or by a community organisation.