Those who have a child living in Australia and who meet the balance of family test can consider an onshore parent visa application if one of the visa applicants is “aged” (as defined).
A parent is defined as being aged if s/he is old enough to be granted an Age Pension under Australia’s Social Security Act 1991.
Since the 1st of July 2013 the threshold age has been 65 for men and for women.
However, the age at which Age Pension is available is increasing from the 1st of July, 2017.
More specifically, from the 1st of July, 2017 the minimum age for both men and women to qualify for the Age Pension will increase, such that for men and women born on or after the 1st of July, 1952 the pension age will progressively increase by 6 months every 2 years until it reaches 67 on the 1st of July, 2023.
The changes to the age at which the Age Pension is available – and hence when an individual will be able to apply for an onshore parent visa – are described more fully at this webpage.
To recap, the following sub classes are onshore parent visas:
- 804, Aged Parent
- 864, Contributory Aged Parent
- 884, Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary)