There are two main categories of parent visas in Australia :
These two categories provide eligible parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who have been lawfully residing in Australia for a reasonable period. Depending on individual circumstances applicants may apply for parent visas from within Australia or offshore.
All applicants must meet the Balance of Family (BoF) test, which means that at least 50% of their children must be living in Australia as permanent residents, Australian citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens or that more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.
Applicants who are:
will usually be entitled to a bridging visa that will allow them to remain in Australia while their application is being processed. An aged parent is a parent who is old enough to be granted an Australian age pension. For men this is currently 65 years of age and for women this is currently between 60 and 65 years of age, depending on their date of birth. People who do not meet the definition of ‘aged parent’ will not be entitled to a bridging visa allowing them to remain in Australia during the processing of their application.
Assurances of Support are a mandatory requirement on all permanent parent and aged parent visa applications.An assurance of support is a commitment to support a person applying to migrate to Australia so that the migrant will not have to rely on Human Services payments.Persons providing an Assurance of Support are also required to pay a bond as security for their Assurance.