Parent visas: To pay or not to pay, that is the question…

Choosing the best and most suitable visa option for your parents is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Making the correct choice will give both you and your parents the opportunity to live comfortably in Australia but making the wrong choice can lead to all sorts of problems and, not to mention, a whole lot of stress!

If having your parents come and join you in Australia is part of your plans, then this next series of blog posts is for you!

Contributory vs Non-Contributory Parent visas

Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to migrate to, or remain in, Australia permanently. Applicants must be sponsored by their child and the sponsoring child needs to be settled in Australia (lived lawfully in Australia for at least 2 years before lodging the application). We will explore the sponsorship requirement further in a later blog post.

Contributory Parent visa

The Contributory visa option is the faster route to go – these visas are currently taking between 6-7 years to process. However, they are far more costly than the Non-Contributory option. The Contributory visa currently costs $47,955 per parent, the amount payable over two separate instalments. This is a permanent visa that lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.  You can both work and study in Australia, should you wish to, and enrol in Medicare.

There are two types of Contributory Parent visas:

  1. permanent Contributory Parent visas: these confer immediate permanent residency; and
  2. temporary Contributory Parent visas: this visa allows you to stay in Australian for up to 2 years to facilitate the later lodgement of a permanent Contributory Parent visa. Applying for this temporary visa before the permanent visa lets you spread the costs of your migration over a number of years.

Non-Contributory Parent visa

The Non-Contributory visa does not require a significant financial contribution, attracting a much lower second visa applicable charge, however it has a much longer processing time with visa application sometimes taking in excess of 30 years to process!

So, the key differences between the two options are essentially processing times and cost.  If getting your parents here to Australia as soon as possible is the key priority, then paying the significantly higher cost for the Contributory visa would be the most suitable option.

If you’re still not sure where to start or which route is the best one for your parents, KU Legal are here to help.  If you or your parents wish to discuss their eligibility for a Parent Visa, speak with the immigration experts at KU Legal:

+61 (0) 429 133 911

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