This is a long term temporary visitors visa available to parents of Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Eligible New Zealand citizens.  This visa allows the children to sponsor their parents on a long term visitor visa for up to 5 years. There are no pathways to permanent residence for these visa holders and only one extension per lifetime is allowed.


This visa is lodged offshore and no bridging visa is available with this visa subclass.  The applicant is required to remain offshore for the duration of the visa processing.  The applicant can enter Australia on a different visa subclass if they meet those requirements.  The applicant is required to lodge their visa application within 6 months of the sponsorship approval.  The applicant can only apply for 2 visas in a lifetime and must meet Health and Character requirements although they do not need to meet the balance of family test. The applicant cannot include family members into this application and once granted there are no work rights on this visa.

The sponsor is required to lodge a sponsorship and show that they are of good character and can support the applicant if required. The sponsor is limited to 2 parents per household at a time and an only be granted 2 sponsorship’s in their lifetime.  The sponsor is required to lodge an Assurance of Support to prove they are able to support the applicant if required. There are limitations on sponsorship and the sponsor must be aware of these prior to lodging the sponsorship application.


Once the visa is approved the applicant will be allowed to enter and exit Australia unlimited times during the course of the visa.  The applicant will not be allowed to work during their stay and will need to ensure that they have sufficient funds to support themselves during their period onshore.  The applicant is also limited to 2 of these visas in a lifetime.