If you are living in Australia, are a Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen you can bring your parents to Australia for recreational purposes or for permanent residence.

Visitor Visa – Sponsored Family Visa Stream

This visa stream lets people who are sponsored, usually by a family member, come to Australia to visit their family members. You must be outside Australia at the time of the visa application and when DOHA decides on your application. Generally, this visa is granted with only one entry permitted. This means that after you leave Australia you need to apply for another visa before you can return.

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

The purpose of this temporary visa is to allow parents of a settled Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen stay with their family in Australia for up to 3 or 5 years. The applicant must have an approved parent sponsor to apply for this visa. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay.

Aged Dependent Relative Visas

The purpose of an aged dependent relative visa is to allow a single older person – who relies on a relative living in Australia for financial support – to move to Australia permanently. The applicant must be sponsored by their relative or relative’s partner. An assurance of support is required from the sponsors to apply for this visa. Once the visa is granted, you can stay in Australia permanently.

Remaining Relative Visas

The purpose of this remaining relative visa is to allow those whose all near relatives have settled in Australia and they are the only person left in their home country. The relative must be sponsored by an eligible parent or step-parent, sibling or step-sibling, or an eligible partner of your relative. An assurance of support is required from the sponsors to apply for this visa

Why Bring your Parents to Australia?

Many people make a big decision to bring their parents to Australia, and there are several compelling reasons for doing so. The desire to be with family again is a basic human need. Many people who have made Australia their home frequently have parents who reside elsewhere. It is impossible to emphasize the emotional and psychological advantages of living near to your parents.

The social fabric of Australia is more diverse and rich because of the immigration of parents. It makes it easier for people from different cultures to share ideas and viewpoints, which is essential for maintaining an accepting and diverse society. In the end, a community that is more vibrant and dynamic results from this range of experiences and perspectives. In addition, parents who move to Australia to live with their adult children frequently bring a lot of knowledge and skills with them that can benefit the local labor and economy.

Furthermore, moving your parents to Australia guarantees that they will have access to first-rate medical care and a sophisticated healthcare system. As people age and possibly need specialized care and attention, this becomes more crucial. Additionally, it allays worries about their wellbeing and enables quicker responses to any medical emergencies. Families can actively participate in preventative healthcare practices by having their parents close by, which results in older family members living healthier and more fulfilling lives. This in turn encourages proactive and personalized care, which lessens the possibility of stress on the healthcare system.


It is possible to move your parents permanently to Australia, but the process is structured and very long. The Australian government provides a number of visa options that enable qualified individuals to sponsor their parents for permanent residency, including the Parent Visa and the Contributory Parent Visa. The sponsoring child must typically meet certain financial and residency requirements, as well as show that they can support their parents in Australia. These visas could also come with expensive application fees and drawn-out processing times. In order to navigate the intricate requirements and ensure a successful application for your parents’ permanent residency in Australia, it is imperative to consult or seek guidance from a registered migration agent.

The cost of the application will depend on a lot of different factors like whether or not you want to bring them over temporary or permanently but could be anywhere from AU$1000 to AU$50,000+

The immigration procedure and the subsequent visa category you might be granted can be significantly impacted by whether you submit a parent visa application inside or outside of Australia. In order to stay in Australia while your parent visa application is being processed, you will frequently need to apply for a temporary visa before submitting your parent visa application from within Australia (onshore). Parents who are already in Australia on another visa and want to reunite with their kids should generally consider this option. However, you must be outside of Australia when it is granted if you submit a parent visa application outside of Australia (offshore), as this usually results in a permanent visa.

The choice between onshore and offshore applications depends on your specific circumstances, preferences, and eligibility criteria, so it’s essential to carefully consider your situation and consult with immigration agents to make the right decision for your family’s needs.

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