Subclass 103 - Parent Visa
Offshore Parent Visa
About this visa
The Subclass 103 Parent Visa is designed for parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens who wish to join their family members in Australia. This visa provides parents with the opportunity to live in Australia permanently. It falls under the family reunion category, allowing parents to reunite with their children who are settled in Australia.
Unlike the Subclass 143 Contributory Parent Visa, the Subclass 103 visa does not require a significant financial contribution in terms of application fees. However, it has longer processing times compared to contributory parent visas.
Once granted, this visa allows parents to enjoy the benefits of Australian permanent residency, including access to healthcare services and the opportunity to fully integrate into Australian society. It also provides parents with the chance to live with their loved ones in Australia.
Eligibility for Applicant
There is no specific age requirement for applicants of the Subclass 103 visa.
The applicant must be outside from Australia when applying for the visa.
Applicants who are currently holding a Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa are not eligible to apply for a Subclass 103 Parent Visa.
Family Balance Requirements
Please find the family balance test requirements below.
Health and Character:
Applicants must meet the health and character requirements set by the Australian government.
Previous Visa History:
You should not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.
Specific Visa Conditions:
Certain regional visa holders may not be eligible.
Debt to the Australian Government:
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.
The application must take into consideration the best interests of any children involved, as defined by Australian immigration law and child welfare guidelines.
Eligibility for Sponsor
The sponsor must be an eligible child of the parent visa applicant. An eligible child is usually an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
18 years of age or older, or
if the applicant’s child is under 18 years of age, please find the alternative sponsorship options below.
The sponsor may need to provide an Assurance of Support (AoS) to assure the Australian government that the parent will not rely on social welfare once in Australia. This typically involves financial support for the parent and any family members included in the visa application.
The sponsor must demonstrate the financial capacity to fulfill the AoS obligations. This includes meeting a minimum income threshold and providing a security bond if required.
The sponsor must be an Australian resident, typically residing and working in Australia for at least 2 years.
The sponsor is required to meet all legal obligations associated with being a sponsor, including providing financial support and ensuring the parent complies with visa conditions.
Family Balance Test Requirements
To meet the test:
- At least half of the applicant’s children must be permanent residents in Australia, or
- More of the applicant’s children must reside in Australia than in any other single country.
In cases of remarriage, stepchildren are also counted as children for the purpose of the Balance of Family Test in the Australian Parent Visa application. This inclusion ensures that all familial relationships are considered in assessing an applicant’s ties to Australia.
This test helps determine the applicant’s ties to Australia, influencing their eligibility for the parent visa. It’s not based on the total number of children, but rather where the majority of them live.
Alternative Sponsorship Options
If the applicant’s child is under 18 years of age, alternative sponsorship options are available. The sponsor can be one of the following:
- The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen.
- The sponsor must reside in Australia.
- The sponsor must be at least 18 years old.
Furthermore, the sponsor must fall into one of the following categories:
- The sponsor must be the child’s co-habiting spouse.
- The sponsor must be the child’s relative or guardian.
- The sponsor must be a relative or guardian of the child’s co-habiting spouse.
Alternatively, a community organization can sponsor an applicant provided that:
- There exists a relationship between the organization and the applicant’s child.
- A senior representative of the organization agrees to sponsor the applicant.
- The organization is legally established in Australia.
- The organization has been actively operating in Australia for at least one year.
- The organization can meet its financial commitments.
Eligibility for applicant's dependent children
- Age Requirement:
- Dependent children must be under 18 years of age, or
- If they are 18 to 23 years old, they must be financially dependent on the primary applicant or their partner, and be full-time students, or
- If they have a disability that prevents them from working, there is no age limit.
- Financial Dependency:
Dependent children aged 18 to 23 must provide evidence of financial dependency on the primary applicant or their partner. This may include proof of financial support for living expenses, education, or other essential needs.
- Full-Time Student Status:
If dependent children are between 18 and 23 years old and are claiming to be full-time students, they must provide evidence of their enrollment in an eligible course.
If a dependent child has a disability that prevents them from working, there is no age limit, and they do not need to be financially dependent.
- Health and Character Requirements:
Dependent children must meet health and character requirements, just like the primary applicant.
It is a permanent visa.
Visa Application Fee
Primary Applicant: AUD $4,990
Secondary Applicants (18 and over) : AUD $2,495
Dependent Children (under 18) : AUD $1,250
AUD $10,000 for one assured parent (if only one parent is included in the application),
AUD $14,000 for two assured parents (if both parents are included in the application).
The bond will be returned to the assurer after 10 years.
The fee is subject to the latest pricing set by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs handles visa applications, and it’s essential to provide all required documents with your application. Please note that incomplete applications may result in longer processing times than the estimated duration. Additionally, processing times are subject to change and should be used as a general reference only.
- Work in Australia: Holders of the Subclass 103 Visa can work.
- Study: You can pursue further studies or enroll in courses in Australia, which can enhance your skills and qualifications.
- Family Sponsorship: The applicant can include eligible family members, such as your dependent children, in your visa application.
- Access to Healthcare: Visa holders can access Medicare, Australia’s public healthcare scheme, which provides essential medical services.
- Multiple Entries: Enjoy multiple entries to and exits from Australia for a period of up to five years, allowing for flexibility in travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Subclass 103 Parent Visa?
A: The Subclass 103 Parent Visa allows parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live permanently in Australia.
Q: Who is eligible for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: Parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens who meet the balance of family test and other requirements.
Q: What is the balance of family test for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: It requires that at least half of your children live permanently in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than in any other single country.
Q: Are there any age requirements for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: No, there are no age requirements for applicants of the Subclass 103 visa.
Q: How long does the processing of a Subclass 103 visa take?
A: Processing times vary; it’s recommended to check the current times on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Q: Can I work in Australia on a Subclass 103 visa?
A: Yes, Subclass 103 visa holders have full work rights in Australia.
Q: What are the health requirements for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: Applicants must meet certain health standards, which may include health examinations.
Q: Are there any character requirements for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: Yes, applicants must meet the Australian government’s character requirements, including police checks.
Q: Can I include family members in my Subclass 103 visa application?
A: Yes, you can include your partner and dependent children in the application.
Q: How much does the Subclass 103 visa cost?
A: The visa fees vary and are subject to change; it’s best to check the latest fees on the official website.
Q: Can I apply for the Subclass 103 visa while in Australia?
A: No, you must be outside Australia when you apply for and when the visa is granted.
Q: What is the assurance of support for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: It is a legal commitment by a sponsor to support you so you don’t have to rely on government assistance.
Q: Can the Subclass 103 visa lead to Australian citizenship?
A: Yes, after meeting residency and other criteria, you can apply for Australian citizenship.
Q: What happens if my circumstances change after applying for the visa?
A: You must inform the Department of Home Affairs about significant changes, such as changes in family composition.
Q: Can I travel outside Australia on the Subclass 103 visa?
A: Yes, the Subclass 103 visa allows for multiple entries into Australia.
Q: What if I have had a previous visa application refused?
A: A previous refusal may impact your application, and you should disclose all relevant details.
Q: Are there any conditions attached to the Subclass 103 visa?
A: Standard visa conditions include obeying Australian laws and notifying the Department of any changes in circumstances.
Q: Can I study in Australia on the Subclass 103 visa?
A: Yes, you can study, but you will not have access to government funding for education.
Q: Is private health insurance required for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: While not mandatory, it’s advisable to have health insurance to cover healthcare costs in Australia.
Q: What is the main difference between the Subclass 103 and 143 visas?
A: The Subclass 143 is a Contributory Parent Visa, which requires a higher application fee but has shorter processing times compared to the Subclass 103 visa.
Q: What if I am outside Australia when my Subclass 103 visa is granted?
A: You will be given a specific period to enter Australia once the visa is granted.
Q: How long is the Subclass 103 visa valid?
A: The Subclass 103 visa is a permanent visa with no expiry date, provided you remain a resident of Australia.
Q: Can I apply for a Subclass 103 visa if my child is not an Australian citizen?
A: Your child must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen to sponsor you.
Q: What is the visa application process for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: The process involves submitting an application with required documents, meeting health and character requirements, and waiting for processing.
Q: Are there any English language requirements for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: There are no English language requirements for the Subclass 103 visa.
Q: Can I convert my tourist visa to a Subclass 103 visa while in Australia?
A: No, you must be outside Australia to apply for the Subclass 103 visa.
Q: What is the success rate for Subclass 103 visa applications?
A: Success rates vary; it’s best to ensure your application is complete and meets all criteria.
Q: How can I prove a genuine relationship with my child for the Subclass 103 visa?
A: Evidence can include communication records, financial support, and joint activities.
Q: Are there any restrictions on how many times I can apply for a Subclass 103 visa?
A: There are no specific limits, but all applications must meet the visa criteria.