Australian Aged Parent Visa The Australian Aged Parent visa allows aged parents to live in Australia, permanently with their children.
Australian Spouse Visa Basic Requirements
To be eligible for Aged Parent visa, applicants should be able to clear the balance of family test. They should be sponsored by their child who must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen*. Applicants should also satisfy health and character requirements. It is important that the visa has been applied from outside Australia. Applicants should also satisfy health and character requirements.
Applicants should essentially meet the specified age requirements i.e. old enough to receive pension in Australia. Male applicants should be at least 65 years of age, while female applicants should be at least 63 years of age. This visa is generally applied onshore and applicants should be in Australia, while the visa is being issued.
Balance of Family Test: This test is applicable for applicants applying for Parent visa. As per the rules, applicants should satisfy either of these conditions:
They should have at least half of their children living legally and permanently in Australia
They should have more children living legally and permanently in Australia than in any one single country overseas.
Australian Aged Parent Visa Entitlements
The Australian Aged Parent visa holders are entitled to enjoy permanent residence of Australia. Just as permanent residents, holders of this visa are permitted to live, study and work in Australia, permanently. They can also avail the advantages that give access to certain social security benefits, government-subsidized healthcare (Medicare), and the opportunity to apply for Australian citizenship.
However, Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa holders are entitled for a 2 year residence visa. During this period, they can avail government-subsidized healthcare (Medicare), work and study rights.
must have a child who is
- an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen (An eligible New Zealand citizen is a New Zealand citizen who was living in Australia on 26 February 2001 or for at least one year in the two years immediately before 26 February 2001), and
- who is lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (A shorter period may be considered in exceptional circumstances
- must meet the balance-of-family test Applicant’s meet the balance of family test if (a) at last half of the applicant’s children live as permanent residents in Australia or (b) more of the applicant’s children live as permanent residents in Australia than in any other country.