If you want to bring your parents to Australia, according to Mr. Bay, this applicant’s journey begins with a test that determines the parents’ family ties to Australia, known as the family balance test.
At least half of an applicant’s children or stepchildren need to have Australian citizenship or permanent residency in order for the applicant to pass this test.
There are officially seven types of parental visas, and only one option for those who do not qualify for the family balance test.
The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa subclass 870 was introduced in 2019 for families who do not meet the family balance test.
This visa can be issued for three or five years, and applicants can pay the cost of $5,000 and $10,000 (depending on the term) in two installments.
If your parents take the family balance test, there are six visa options available to them, depending on whether they are applying from Australia or from outside Australia, as well as their parents’ age and financial situation.
The paid visa options have a shorter processing time, about five years. However, the cost is very high – about $48,000. Applicants can opt for a two-step visa process, which makes the financial cost a little easier.
Cheaper options, the subclass 103 parent visa and the subclass 804 age parent visa, cost $6,415, but are very likely to take about 30 years before the final review stage.
Only those applicants for the parent visa who have reached retirement age can apply while in Australia.
Ben Watt of VisaEnvoy says that for parents who come to Australia on a visitor’s visa from countries that have reciprocal health care agreements with Australia, the subclass 804 (Aged Parent Visa) may be a good option if they don’t mind living with an uncertain status for a long time.
But the vast majority of countries do not have an agreement with Australia, such as India or China.
Australia has a reciprocal health care agreement with 11 countries, and when Australians visit these countries, their medical expenses are covered, as are those coming to Australia from these countries.
These countries are Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.