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Overview

The Parent Visa (Subclass 103) is an Australian visa category that allows parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia permanently. This visa is designed to facilitate family reunification by enabling parents to join their children who are already settled in Australia. 

What are benefits of Parent Visa 103?  

The Parent Visa Subclass 103, like the Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143, offers several benefits to parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens who are granted this visa. Here are some of the key advantages:  

  • Permanent Residency: The Subclass 103 visa provides permanent residency in Australia, allowing parents to live, work, and study in the country indefinitely.  
  • Access to Medicare: Visa holders are generally eligible for Medicare, which is Australia’s public healthcare system. This means they can receive subsidized or free medical care in Australia.  
  • Access to Social Services: Visa holders may be eligible for certain social services and benefits available to Australian permanent residents, subject to meeting specific eligibility criteria.  
  • Work and Study: Parents holding a Subclass 103 visa have the right to work without any restrictions and study with domestic tuition fees in Australia.  
  • Travel in and out of Australia: While the primary expectation is for parents to reside in Australia, this visa allows visa holders to travel in and out of the country as needed, providing some flexibility for international travel.  
  • Sponsor Other Family Members: Once in Australia, you may be able to sponsor other eligible family members to come to Australia for various visas. 
  • Eligibility for Australian Citizenship: After residing in Australia as permanent residents for a certain period, parents may become eligible to apply for Australian citizenship, provided they meet the necessary residency and other requirements.  

Who can apply for a Parent Visa 103?  

To be eligible for this visa, you generally must meet the following criteria: 

  • Parental Relationship: You must be the parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia. This relationship must be proven through documentation, such as birth certificates.  
  • Sponsorship: You must have an eligible sponsor in Australia. The sponsor is typically your child (the Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen). If your child is under 18 years old, your eligible relative or a community organisation can become your sponsor.   

Please note that if you are applying as a retiree, then you don’t need a sponsorship.   

  • Meet the Balance of Family Test: To meet the Balance of Family Test, you must demonstrate that at least half of your children are living in Australia as Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens, or that more of your children live in Australia.   

Please note that if you are applying as a retiree or if you are holding the 103 visa, then you don’t need to meet the Balance of Family Test.   

  • Assurance of Support: You and any family members included in the application must have an assurer, who is willing to provide financial support to you if necessary. 

If you are applying as a retiree, then you don’t need to provide the Assurance of Support. 

  • Health and Character Requirements: You and any dependent family members must meet health and character requirements. 
  • No Prior Visa Cancellation or refusal: You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused before.  
  • No Outstanding Debts to the Australian Government: You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government. 
  • Health Insurance: You must have a health insurance (until you get the Parent Visa) if you apply for this visa as a retiree.  
  • Previous Visa: You must not have hold or applied for a 870 visa when you apply for a visa 103.  

Are you wondering if you are eligible for this visa? Contact our experienced Registered Migration Agents today to have free eligibility check!  

Who can be a sponsor for a Parent Visa 103?  

The child of the main applicant  

For a Parent Visa Subclass 103, the sponsor is typically the child of the parents who wish to migrate to Australia. However, the sponsor must meet certain eligibility criteria to be eligible to sponsor their parents for this visa. Here are the key requirements for a sponsor:  

  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Eligible New Zealand Citizen: The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. Only individuals with one of these statuses can sponsor their parents for this visa.  
  • Be settled and regularly live in Australia.  
  • Age requirement: The sponsor must be 18 years old or above. 

The relative or eligible person 

If the child of the visa applicant is under 18 years old, then a relative or eligible person can sponsor the visa applicant on behalf of the child. In this case, the sponsor must:  

  • be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.  
  • residing in Australia and have established settled status.  
  • 18 years of age or older.  

The 103-visa sponsor must also fall into one of the following categories:  

  • is the child’s co-habiting spouse.  
  • is a relative or guardian of the child.  
  • is a relative or guardian of the child’s co-habiting spouse.  

The community organization  

Your community organization is eligible to sponsor a visa 103 applicant if the following conditions are met:  

  • There is an established connection between the organization and the applicant’s child.  
  • A senior representative of the organization is willing to act as the sponsor for the applicant.  
  • The organization has been legally established and recognized within Australia.  
  • The organization has been actively engaged in its activities within Australia for at least one year.  
  • The organization possesses the capacity to meet its financial commitments.  

There is no cost to sponsor a visa subclass 103.   

If you have any questions about the visa 103 sponsorship, call us on 07 3003 1899 or fill in the enquiry form. Our experienced Registered Migration Agents are here to help!  

What are obligations of a visa 103 sponsor?   

Sponsoring a Parent Visa Subclass 103 applicant comes with certain obligations and responsibilities. The sponsor must: 

  • Provide Assurance of Support (AoS): The Assurance of Support involves financial support for the 103-visa holder(s). It typically includes the accommodation and financial help for at least 2 years from the date of visa being granted. There will be an income test for this, and the income threshold will vary depending on your circumstance. Go to this website to find out if you are eligible for an Assurance of Support: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/who-can-be-assurer-for-assurance-support?context=2205   
  • Keep Authorities Informed: The sponsor must inform the Department of Home Affairs if there are any significant changes in their own circumstances, such as changes in income, changes in address, or any other relevant information. 

Not sure if you are eligible to sponsor your parent to Australia under a visa 103? Contact us today at 07 3003 1899 or fill out the enquiry form! 

How to apply for a visa 103?  

The process of applying for a contributory parent visa involves both the applicant’s and the sponsor’s responsibility.    

Step 1: Apply for a Visa 103 

You must apply for a visa 103 on paper, from in or outside Australia. However, if you are applying as a retiree, you must be in Australia at the time you submit the application.   

You must fill out all forms and submit the below documentation:   

  • Your identity document: For example, passport, national ID card, etc.   
  • Sponsor documents: It means your sponsor needs to apply for a sponsorship before you apply for this visa. If you are applying as a retiree, you don’t need to include the sponsor documents.   
  • Balance of family documents: You must meet the “balance of family” test by providing (1) evidence of the relationship with your child, and (2) evidence of all your children’s country of permanent residences. If you are applying as a retiree, you don’t need to include these documents.   
  • Assurance of Support Documents: Provide an Assurance of Support once asked. If you are applying as a retiree, you don’t need to include this document.  
  • Character documents: Police certificates for every country where you spent 1 year or more.  
  • Your dependents documents: If you have dependents applying with you, you must submit (1) their identify documents, (2) documents about your relationship with them, character documents, (3) documents of their other relationships if applicable, and (4) evidence of dependency if your they are over 18 years old.   

If your dependent is under 18 years old, you need to submit the parental responsibility documents to show that your dependent is allowed to migrate to Australia with you.  

  • Your partner documents: Including the identity document, the character document and the relationship documents.   
  • Photos: You need to provide 4 recent photos (less than 6 months) of all applicants.   

The case officer starts processing your application only when the first visa instalment fee is paid.    

Step 2: Wait for a Visa 103 

  • You will be asked for organising health examinations and biometrics. The Department of Home Affairs will inform you when you need to organise.  
  • You can also add family members to your application before your visa outcome is released.  
  • You must pay the 2nd instalment fee and the Department of Home Affair will send you an invoice.  

Need help with visa applications? Our Migration Agents have extensive experience in handling parent visa matters! Contact us today at 07 3003 1899 or fill out the enquiry form for expert guidance!   

How to include the family member into a 103 visa? 

To include family members (such as your spouse or dependent children) in a Parent Visa Subclass 103 application, you must include their details and relevant documentation. Here are the steps to include family members:  

  • Complete the Application Form: When filling out the visa application form for the Parent Visa Subclass 103, make sure to include all family members who intend to accompany you to Australia. This typically includes your spouse and dependent children.  
  • Provide Supporting Documents: Gather the necessary supporting documents for each family member you wish to include in your application. This may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, evidence of the family relationship, and evidence of dependency if they are over 18 years old.   
  • If your family member is under 18 years old, you need to submit the parental responsibility documents to show that your dependent is allowed to migrate to Australia with you.  
  • Meet Health and Character Requirements: Ensure that all family members meet the health and character requirements as outlined by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. This may involve medical examinations and police clearances.  

You can include the family member in the primary application, or you can add the family member after you submit the application but before the visa is granted.   

Please note that there will be extra cost for each family member applying with you.  

How much does it cost to apply for a 103 parent visa?  

The fee will be paid into 2 times called instalments. The first instalment is when you lodge the visa application. The 2nd instalment is when the Department of Home Affairs ask you to do so. 

  Base Application Charge  Additional Applicant Charge (18 years old and above)  Additional Applicant Charge (Less than 18 Years Old) 
Visa 103  AUD 4,990  AUD 2,495  AUD 1,250 

 

FAQs

How long does it take to process a Subclass 103 visa application?

The processing time for this visa is lengthy due to the long queue. It may take several years, a decade and even up to 30 years before the visa is granted.  

Is there an age limit for parents applying for this visa?

There is no strict age limit, but parents must meet certain health requirements.   

Is there an English language requirement for the Subclass 103 visa?

No, there is no English language requirement for this visa.  

Can I include my stepchildren or adopted children in the visa application?

Yes, you can include stepchildren or adopted children if they meet the Australian immigration definition of a dependent child and are eligible for this visa.  

If your children under 18 years old, you need to submit the parental responsibility documents to show that your dependent is allowed to migrate to Australia with you. If they are 18 years old or more, you must provide evidence of dependency to show that they are depending on you.

What are differences between Visa Subclass 103 and Visa Subclass 143?

The Parent Visa Subclass 143 and Subclass 103 are both Australian visas that allow parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia permanently. This means that parents can live, work, and study in Australia indefinitely, have access to Medicare (Australia’s healthcare system), and enjoy other benefits of permanent residency.  

However, they have significant differences primarily related to the processing time and application costs. Here are the key distinctions:  

  • Processing Time:  
  • Subclass 143: The Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 is processed significantly faster than the Subclass 103. The waiting period for this visa is shorter because it requires a higher visa application charge, which is intended to expedite processing. The waiting period can still be several years, but it is generally faster than the Subclass 103.  
  • Subclass 103: The Parent Visa Subclass 103 has a longer processing time compared to the Subclass 143. It is part of the non-contributory parent visa category, and the queue for processing these visas is typically much longer.  
  • Visa Application Charge:  
  • Subclass 143: The Subclass 143 requires a higher visa application charge, making it more expensive to apply for. This higher fee is designed to prioritize processing.  
  • Subclass 103: The Subclass 103 has a lower visa application charge, which is more affordable for applicants but results in longer processing times.  

How many parent visas are issued each year?

The quota for Parent Visas varies depending on each year. For the 2022/2023 financial year is only 6,800 visas for all Parent Visa Subclasses. Therefore, Contributory Parent Visa 143 is usually prioritised compared to non-contributory visas.  

How can SOL Migration assist you in gaining a Subclass 103 visa?

SOL Migration has a strong team of 6 experienced Registered Migration Agents. Our Registered Migration Agents will assess your eligibility and guide you through the process of applying for the visas you require. We will assist you in preparing all the relevant documents for your application. 

Contact us today on 07 3003 1899 or fill out the enquiry form. Our team will contact you within 24 hours at the latest!  

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