This is visa is for parents or step parents of an Australian permanent resident, Citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens currently living in Australia. The Parents must pass the balance of family test before applying for this visa. This means at least 50% of their total children must be permanent resident or citizen of Australia. In some cases children may not be counted in a family balance test.
The sponsor child must be settled in Australia, which means the sponsor has lived and worked in Australia around the period of two years. In some cases the period of temporary residency could also counted in two years period. Example – if someone spent 18 months on a temporary visa and 6 months as a permanent visa holder, he/she may be considered as settled in Australia.
This visa is divided in two major categories: –