Overview

Parent visas allow Australian permanent residents or citizens to sponsor parents to migrate to Australia.

Parent visas are open to those parents who pass the balance of the family test. This requires parents to have at least half of their children settled in Australia. This means you can sponsor your parents if you are living in Australia and you have one sibling overseas but if there are two siblings overseas, you cannot sponsor your parents.

Parents are always welcome to apply for a Visitor visa to come to Australia to visit.

To be a formal sponsor you need to be living in Australia for a period of two 2 years before you can sponsor your parents to apply for the visa. You must also give a written undertaking to provide support, accommodation, and financial assistance to your parents during their first 2 years in Australia.

There are a number of different Parent visas. Parent visas are divided by age, with different visas for parents who are over 67 years old, by place being whether your parents are already in Australia or overseas, and whether your parents can contribute to the cost of medical expenses when the visa is granted. Parent Visa can also be provisional, being visas that transition to permanent residence, or permanent.

Visa processing times

Visa processing times for non-contributory visas are excessive and in the order of 30 years. The reason for this is the Australian Government grants very few Parent visas each year, and there is now an large number of people waiting in the queue for the available visas.

Contributory parent visas

In 2003 the Australian Government created the Contributory Parent visa under which visa applicants, or their sponsors, can make a lump sum payment of around AUD $43,000 per parent to the Australian Government just before the visa is granted. This payment covers likely on-going medical expenses in Australia.

However, the waiting time for the Contributory Parent visas is now around 6 years.

Beat the Queue – Apply for a visa from within Australia

If your parents are over 67 years old and retired and are in Australia on a Visitor visa, they can apply for an Aged Parent or an Aged Contributory Parent visa. On applying for the visa, your parents will be granted a bridging visa that will allow them to continue living in Australia until the visa is processed.

If your parents are not over 67 years old or not in Australia they cannot apply for an on-shore Aged Parent visa. While they can apply for a Visitor visa and come to visit, if they also apply for an off-shore Contributory Parent visa, they will need to wait for the Parent visa to be granted.

For more information about this strategy and general advice we encourage you to contact us and book a time for a consultation.

Contributory
Parent (Temporary) Visa
(Subclass 173) - Offshore

This is the temporary version of the Contributory Parent visa that you apply for from outside Australia. It allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to stay in Australia for two years. At the end of this period, you can transition to a permanent Subclass 143 visa.

The current waiting time for this visa is between 5 and 6 years.

Applying for this visa allows you to divide the full cost of applying for a Contributory Parent visa into two parts.

With this visa you can

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years;
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support);
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare;
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (Subclass 143).

Apply for a Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa

This visa allows you to spread the cost of applying for a permanent Parent visa over a number of years by applying in 2 steps:

  • first, apply for the temporary Contributory Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 173) visa; then
  • apply for the permanent Contributory Parent (Subclass 143) visa.

To be eligible to apply for this visa you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible child;
  • meet the balance-of-family test;
  • meet the health requirement;
  • meet the character requirement;
  • not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused;
  • be outside Australia at the time of the decision.

To discover whether you are eligible for Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Contributory Parent visas are currently taking around 5.5 years to process. These time frames are subject to change.

You pay for this visa in 2 instalments. The first instalment is paid when you apply for the visa and the second instalment at the end of the processing period.

In no case will the second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

First instalment – initial application fee:

  • Main applicant = AUD$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

Second instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 29,130.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Contributory Parent
(Permanent)
Visa (Subclass 143)

This is the permanent version of the Contributory Parent visa. It allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to move to Australia permanently. You can apply for this visa from inside our outside Australia.

The current waiting time for this visa is between 5 and 6 years.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely;
  • work and study in Australia;
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare;
  • sponsor your family members to come to Australia;
  • travel to and enter Australia for 5 years;
  • apply for Australian citizenship when eligible.

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date of the visa grant. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 173) visa

You can apply for the Subclass 143 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 173) visa. Applying for the Subclass 173 visa and then the subclass 143 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.

To be eligible to apply for this visa you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible child;
  • meet the balance-of-family test;
  • gain an assurance of support from either the sponsor or any other person;
  • meet the health requirement;
  • meet the character requirement;
  • not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused;
  • be outside Australia at the time of the decision.

To discover whether you are eligible for Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

This visa takes approximately 5 to 6 years to process and is a permanent visa from the date of the approval.

This visa costs in total AUD $47,825.

You pay for this visa in 2 instalments. The first instalment is paid when you apply for the visa and the second instalment at the end of the processing period after you have passed the health and character tests.

In most cases the second payment is made 5 – 6 years after the first payment. In no case will the second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

First instalment – initial application fee:

  • Main applicant = AUD$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

Second instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 43,600

If you are a Subclass 173 visa holder then the second instalment for each applicant for the Subclass 143 is $19,420.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Contributory Aged
Parent (Temporary)
Visa (Subclass 884) - Onshore

This is the temporary version of the Contributory Aged Parent visa for people who in Australia and over 67 years old. It allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to stay temporarily in Australia for two years. At the end of this period, you can transition to a permanent Subclass 864 visa.

The current waiting time for this visa is between 5 and 6 years.

If you apply for this visa while in Australia with a Visitor visa, you will be granted a bridging visa that will allow you to keep living in Australia until the visa is decided.

With this visa you can

  • live in Australia for up to 2 years;
  • work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support);
  • apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (Subclass 864).

Apply for a Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 864) visa

You can apply for the permanent subclass 864 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Subclass 884 visa. Applying for the Subclass 884 visa and then the Subclass 864 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.

If you are in Australia as the holder of a valid visa and you make an application for a Contributory parent visa (subclass 884), you can be granted a Bridging Visa “A” (BVA). The BVA enables you to remain lawfully in Australia while your visa application is being processed.

To be eligible to apply for this visa you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible child;
  • be old enough to qualify for the age pension in Australia (current pension age: 67 years);
  • not have a no further stay condition;
  • meet the balance-of-family test;
  • meet the health requirement;
  • meet the character requirement;
  • not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused;
  • be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for this visa and at the time of the decision.

To discover whether you are eligible for Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

This visa takes approximately 5 to 6 years to process.

This visa costs from AUD $ 33,285.

You pay for this visa in 2 instalments.

The first instalment is paid when you apply for the visa and the second instalment is paid just before the visa is approved. In no case will a second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

First instalment – initial application fee:

  • Main applicant = AUD$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

Second instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 29,130.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Applying for this visa allows you to divide the cost of applying for a Contributory Parent visa into two parts.

Contributory Aged Parent
(Permanent)
Visa (Subclass 864) - Onshore

This is the permanent version of the Contributory Aged Parent visa. It allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to move to Australia permanently. You must be over 67 years old and be in Australia when you apply.

The current waiting time for this visa is between 5 and 6 years.

On applying for the visa, you will be granted a bridging visa that will allow you to keep living in Australia until the visa is decided.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely;
  • work and study in Australia;
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare;
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia;
  • apply for Australian citizenship when eligible.

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date of the visa grant.

If you hold a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa

You can apply for the Subclass 864 visa as a two-step process by first applying for a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 884) visa. Applying for the Subclass 884 visa and then the Subclass 864 visa allows you to spread the cost of the visas over a number of years.

If you are in Australia as the holder of a valid visa and you make an application for a Contributory parent visa (Subclass 864), you will be granted a Bridging Visa “A” (BVA). The BVA enables you to remain lawfully in Australia while your visa application is being processed.

To be eligible to apply for this visa you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible child;
  • be old enough to qualify for the age pension in Australia (current pension age: 67 years);
  • not have a no further stay condition;
  • meet the balance-of-family test;
  • gain an assurance of support from either the sponsor or any other person;
  • meet the health requirement;
  • meet the character requirement;
  • not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused;
  • be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for this visa and at the time of the decision.

To discover whether you are eligible for Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa, we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

This visa takes approximately 5 to 6 years to process.

This visa costs from AUD $47,755.

You pay for this visa in 2 instalments. The first instalment is paid when you apply for the visa and the second instalment is paid just before the visa is approved. In no case will a second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

First instalment – initial application fee:

  • Main applicant = AUD$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

Second instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 43,600

If you are a Subclass 884 visa holder then the second instalment for each applicant to apply for this permanent visa Subclass 864 is $19,420 instead.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Aged Parent Visa (Permanent)
(Subclass 804)

This is the permanent Aged Parent visa. It allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to move to Australia permanently. You must be over 67 years old and be in Australia when you apply.

The current waiting time for this visa is around 30 years.

On applying for the visa, you will be granted a bridging visa that will allow you to keep living in Australia until the visa is decided.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely;
  • work and study in Australia;
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare;
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia;
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

To be eligible to apply for this visa you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible child;
  • be old enough to qualify for the age pension in Australia (current pension age: 67 years);
  • meet the balance-of-family test;
  • gain an assurance of support from either the sponsor or any other person;
  • meet the health requirement;
  • meet the character requirement;
  • not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused;
  • be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for this visa and at the time of the decision.

To discover whether you are eligible for Aged Parent visa (subclass 804), we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

The processing time for this visa is excessive and are currently running at 30 years.

You would realistically only apply for this visa as a strategy to access the bridging visa that would then allow you to live in Australia while awaiting visa processing.

This visa costs from AUD6,415. There is also an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

It is significantly less expensive than the Contributory Parent visas.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for second instalment, police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Sponsored Parent
(Temporary)
Visa (Subclass 870)

This temporary visa lets a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years.

With this visa you can

  • reunite with children
  • re-apply for further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas to visit up to a maximum period of 10 years in Australia

You cannot work in Australia while you hold this visa.

Please note that this visa does not lead to permanent residence. You cannot apply for a permanent parent visa when you have this visa.

Sponsorship

You must have an approved Parent Sponsor to apply for this visa.
Your sponsor’s household is limited to one sponsorship at a time.
Your sponsor’s sponsorship can cover up to 2 parents per household at a time.

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:

  • be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
  • not have engaged in payment for visas conduct
  • provide evidence of access to funds
  • provide evidence of health insurance
  • not have an outstanding public health debt
  • meet the health requirement
  • meet the character requirement
  • have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily
  • To discover whether you are eligible for Sponsored Parent visa (subclass 870), we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Processing times are indicative only and may vary depending on individual circumstances or government policy.

The latest processing times published by the Department of Home Affairs are as follows:

  • 75% of applications: 4 months
  • 90% of applications: 5 months

This visa costs from:

  • AUD5,000 for a visa of up to 3 years; or
  • AUD10,000 for a visa of up to 5 years.
  • You pay for this visa in 2 parts called instalments.

    Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when required.

    To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for second instalment, police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

Parent Visa
(Subclass 103)

This permanent visa lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen move to Australia.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date of the visa grant. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship.

To be eligible to apply for this visa you must:

  • be sponsored by an eligible child
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • have assurance of support from either the sponsor or any other person
  • meet the health requirement
  • meet the character requirement
  • not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • not have an outstanding public health debt
  • be outside Australia at the time of the visa decision
  • not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa

To discover whether you are eligible for Parent visa (subclass 103), we invite you to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

The processing time for this visa is unavailable. Applications are subject to capping and queueing.

This visa costs from AUD6,415. There is also an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

You pay for this visa in 2 parts, called instalments.

1st instalment – initial application fee:

  • Main applicant = AUD$ 4,350
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,175

Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when required.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not include other costs you might also have to pay such as those for second instalment, police certificates, health checks, biometrics and professional fees to get assistance with the visa application process from an immigration lawyer/agent.

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