To be eligible for Parent Migration Program you must pass the “balance of family” test. In addition, you must be sponsored by your child who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. In order to apply as a parent, applicants must pass the “balance of family” test. In addition, all parent migrants must be sponsored by their child who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Applications for the Working Age parent visa must be lodged outside Australia. However, applications for the Aged parent visa can be made in Australia. An aged parent is one who is old enough to be granted an Australian age pension. For male applicants, the qualifying age is 65 and for female applicants the qualifying age is gradually being increased from 60 to 65. The number of places available for the Parent visa class in the current program year (2003-04) is 1500. Therefore, applications under the existing Parent visa class are experiencing a substantial wait for their applications to be finalised.
However, a new “Contributory Parent” category was introduced on 5 March 2003, aimed at speeding up the processing time for parents. The changes enable applicants to take up one of the following options
- apply directly for permanent residence and pay a substantial second visa application charge; or
- apply for temporary residence (with access to work rights and Medicare) and pay a lesser second visa application charge.
This new category provides an additional 4000 parent places in the migration program.