Parent visa (subclass 103)

Sunday 5 November 2023

The Parent Visa (Subclass 103) is a pathway that enables parents of settled Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to migrate to Australia and reunite with their families. This article will provide an overview of the process, eligibility criteria, and benefits of the Parent Visa (Subclass 103).


To apply for the Parent Visa (Subclass 103), there are certain steps that need to be followed:

  1. Check eligibility: The sponsor must be a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. Additionally, the sponsor must agree to support the applicant and their family for the first two years in Australia.
  2. Gather documents: The applicant must provide accurate information and documents to establish their relationship with the sponsor, their citizenship or permanent residency status, and their eligibility as a parent.
  3. Apply for sponsorship: The sponsor needs to complete Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia to sponsor the applicant. This form confirms their commitment to financially support the applicant and their family.
  4. Lodge the application: The applicant needs to complete Form 47PA Application for a parent to migrate to Australia and submit it along with all the required documents to the Parent Visa Processing Centre in Perth.
  5. Pay the visa application charge: The applicant is required to pay the first instalment of the visa application charge when submitting the application. A second instalment may be necessary before the visa is granted.
  6. Health and character requirements: The applicant and their family members must meet the health and character requirements as part of the visa application process. This may involve undergoing health examinations and obtaining police certificates.
  7. Visa outcome: Once the application is processed, the applicant will be informed of the visa outcome. If the visa is granted, the applicant will receive a visa grant number and information regarding the visa conditions.

Benefits of the Parent Visa (Subclass 103)

The Parent Visa (Subclass 103) offers various benefits to the visa holder and their family members:

  1. Permanent residency: The visa grants the applicant permanent residency status, allowing them to live in Australia indefinitely.
  2. Sponsor eligible family members: As a permanent resident, the visa holder can sponsor their eligible family members to join them in Australia.
  3. Work and study: The visa holder has the right to work and study in Australia.
  4. Medicare: The visa holder is eligible to enroll in Australia's public health care scheme, Medicare.
  5. Australian citizenship: If eligible, the visa holder can apply for Australian citizenship after meeting the residency requirements.
  6. Travel to and from Australia: The visa allows the visa holder to travel to and from Australia multiple times for a period of five years from the date of visa grant.


The Parent Visa (Subclass 103) serves as a means for parents to reunite with their children in Australia. By following the application process and meeting the eligibility criteria, parents can obtain permanent residency and enjoy the advantages of living in Australia. This visa not only enables parents to be with their children but also allows them to contribute to the Australian society and economy.

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