Overview

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

Parent visas are open to those parents who pass the balance of the family test. This requires your parents to have at least half of their children settled in Australia or to have more children settled in Australia than in any one other country.

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

There are currently six classes of Parent visas which fall into two major categories: contributory and non-contributory.

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 to the Australian Government just before the visa is granted. This payment covers likely on-going medical expenses in Australia.

As the holder of a Contributory Parent visa you can access Australia’s medical expenses and hospital care assistance scheme, Medicare, without restriction. You also have full work rights, can study here if you wish, and apply for citizenship after 4 years in Australia.

Non-Contributory parent visas

The non-contributory visa category includes regular sponsored parent and aged parent visas.

The core requirements for both categories are similar. However, there are key differences and these are:

  • Applicants applying for the parent (non-contributory) category have a significantly longer wait for applications to be finalised (it can take up to 30 years or more)
  • Applicants applying for the contributory parent category are accorded a higher priority for processing
  • Applicants for a contributory parent visa pay a substantially higher second instalment of the visa application charge (per person) and a larger assurance of support (AoS) bond with a longer AoS period.

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

This temporary visa lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia.

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

You can spread the cost of the permanent 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.

Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

This visa costs from AUD$ 31,930. 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$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

2nd instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 29,130.

You have to pay the first instalment when you apply for the visa and the second instalment when you pass the health and character tests. In most cases the second payment is made 3 – 4 years after the first one, when the visa is about to be granted. In no case will a second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

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) - Offshore

This permanent visa lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident of Australia 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 family members to come to Australia
  • travel to and enter Australia for 5 years
  • 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.

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 4 to 5 years to process and is a permanent visa from approval.

This visa costs from AUD47,755. 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$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

2nd instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 43,600

You have to pay the first instalment when you apply for the visa and the second instalment when you pass the health and character tests. In most cases the second payment is made 4 – 5 years after the first one, when the visa is about to be granted. In no case will a second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

If you are a 173 visa holder then the second instalment for each applicant to apply for this permanent visa subclass 143 would be $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.

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

This temporary visa lets the aged parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay temporarily in Australia.

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 2 to 3 years to process.

This visa costs from AUD$ 33,285. 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$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

2nd instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 29,130.

You have to pay the first instalment when you apply for the visa and the second instalment when you pass the health and character tests. In most cases the second payment is made 2 – 3 years after the first one, when the visa is about to be granted. In no case will a second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

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
(Permanent)
Visa (Subclass 864) - Onshore

This permanent visa lets the aged parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay in 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.

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 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
  • 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 2 to 3 years to process.

This visa costs from AUD47,755. 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$ 4,155
  • Secondary applicant (spouse) = AUD$2,075

2nd instalment for each applicant = AUD$ 43,600

You have to pay the first instalment when you apply for the visa and the second instalment when you pass the health and character tests. In most cases the second payment is made 2 – 3 years after the first one, when the visa is about to be granted. In no case will a second instalment be paid and a visa not granted.

If you are a 884 visa holder then the second instalment for each applicant to apply for this permanent visa subclass 864 would be $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
(Subclass 804)

This permanent visa lets an aged parent of a settle Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay in 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
  • 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 unavailable. Applications are subject to capping and queueing.

Family migration visas are in high demand therefore, it might take many years for this visa to be granted.

There is currently a long queue in processing this particular visa with waiting times of up to 15 years.

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.

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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