About Australian Parent Visa Subclass 103 By the Best Parent Visa Migration Agent


Parent Visa Subclass 103 is one of the seven types of Parent’s Visa to reunite the settled Australian Permanent residents, Australian citizens and eligible New Zealand citizens with their parents.

One of the significant differences between Subclass 103 and the other parent Visas is that this Visa is “Non-Contributory” and you don’t have to pay expensive Visa fee.

Please note that there are at least (7) seven more parent visa categories, and we recommend familiarising yourself with each Visa option you may have along with their respective advantages and disadvantages.


Advantages of Parent Visa Subclass 103

  • The most significant advantage of this Visa is that it is an inexpensive Visa as compared to the other Contributory Parent Visas. However, it is generally difficult for most parents to fulfill its eligibility criteria.
  • It is a permanent resident Visa for 5 (five)
  • Only parents inside or outside Australia with no further stay conditions can apply for this Visa.
  • A bridging visa may be granted upon submission of a valid Subclass 103 application in case Parents are already in Australia without any restrictions to apply for any other Visa. This would help parents to extend their stay in Australia while they wait for the decision on Subclass 103
  • You can live in Australia indefinitely after the grant of this Visa.
  • You can apply for RRV to extend the Visa whenever required.
  • You are eligible to apply for citizenship subject to fulfilling the citizenship criteria.
  • A good option for applicants who are already in Australia and can not afford the contributory visa costs.
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you like after the grant of this Visa.
  • Can apply for an Australian healthcare scheme like medicare.
  • Can work and study in Australia
  • Can sponsor another eligible family member.

Disadvantages of Parent Visa Subclass 103

  • Its current processing time is its main disadvantage. The processing time is estimated to be between (13) thirteen years to (30) years.
  • You should not have any restrictions or “no further stay” conditions on your current Visa.
  • Balance of family test is required.
  • Assurance of support is required.


Cost, Visa fee, and Duration of the Visa:

The cost of Subclass 103 is low as compared to the contributory parents’ Visa. The cost of this Visa is AUD 6490.00, payable in two installments.
Once granted, you can live in Australia on this Visa for an indefinite time.

Cost comparison between Subclass 103 and other types of parent Visas

This is the most suitable Visa for parents who wish to live in Australia as permanent residents, with a caveat that parents should either be outside of Australia or should not have any restrictions to apply in the case if they are inside of Australia on any other substantive Visa.

You may wish to visit the hyperlink for a complete comparison of costs for all types of Parents Visas.

Assurance of Support up to AUD 14000.00 bond may be asked for up to (10) ten years.


Processing Time for Subclass 103

The estimated processing time for this Visa is uncertain depending on the long queue of the existing applicants and capping. The current estimate is (13) years to (30) years of processing time. Parents can apply for a contributory Visa to avoid a long processing time.


Requirements and Eligibility Criteria for Subclass 103 - Migration Industry Expert

Requirements and Eligibility Criteria for Subclass 103

  • The applicant must have an eligible child as an approved sponsor who must be a settled Australian Permanent resident, Australian citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Parents must be in or outside of Australia and not be in immigration clearance at the time of lodgement of Visa or at the time of decision about this Visa application from the Department of home affairs.
  • Any other member of the family unit included in the application may be inside or outside of Australia at the time of lodgement of an application.
  • Parents or any member of the family unit included in the application must not be on any Visa that has no further stay condition unless a waiver is applied.
  • Must Clear Health Check (Health examination)
  • Must Clear Character checks (Police Clearance certificate)
  • Have to meet the balance of family test.
  • Not have had a visa canceled or a previous application refused.
  • The applicant must not have already applied for or hold a Subclass 870 Visa, which is another type of parent Visa to live in Australia for (3) three to (10) ten years.
  • Must read and sign the Australian Values Statement.
  • Must Maintain adequate health insurance.


Application Processing Steps for Subclass 103 - Sidra Shahab - Best Migration Agent

Application Processing Steps for Subclass 103

  1. Check your eligibility whether you are fulfilling all the requirements for this Visa.
  2. Check whether you can pay the fee for the first instalment.
  3. Gather all documents, including sponsor documents.
  4. Your application will be part of the queue when lodged in an entirely correct way.
  5. Applicants must wait for a place or Visa spot to become available.
  6. Applications will be assessed again when a place becomes available.
  7. The second instalment must be paid before Visa is granted.
  8. Once the Visa is granted, the applicant and the sponsor should know his/her rights and obligations.


Restrictions after the Visa is granted 

  • You should not be disruptive and engage in violence.
  • Must not engage in any criminal conduct.
  • You and any other applicant in your application must obey Australian Laws.


Extension and renewal of the Parent Visa Subclass 103:

You can stay in Australia for an indefinite period after the grant of Subclass 103. You might need to apply for RRV after (5) five years until you are an Australian citizen.


Visa Label for parent Visa Subclass 103:

The Department will digitally map or link your Visa to your passport. The Visa label is not required on your passport.


Travel Permissions:

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you like while the Visa is valid or have the RRV.


Sponsor ship refusal or Visa Refusal:

There are many factors that need to be considered to avoid Sponsor approval application or Visa refusal, including but not limited to:

  • Accuracy of the information
  • Completion of the documentation as per the Department’s requirements.
  • Incomplete documents.
  • Not fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
  • Not fulfilling the character, health, and financial requirement.
  • Location criteria at the time of lodgment or at the time of decision.
  • Any other reason that the Department may consider your application.


This article is not intended to be or taken as migration legal advice. The author of this article disclaims any liability for any action or omission of the information provided or not provided in this article. You should always consult a registered migration agent to form an informed opinion on your immigration matter.

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This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia permanently.

There can be long waiting times of up to 30 years for this visa.​​​​


You must have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

At least half of your children must live in Australia or more of your children live in Australia than any other country.

Length of stay


What you can do

Global processing time for this visa is unavailable as applications are capped or queued.

Global processing times

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times

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