Parent Visa

Under this visa option, the parents’ of a settled Australian citizen, or an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen can visit Australia to live here, temporarily or permanently. Few visas allow the holder to work, while few don’t. This visa has various subclasses differentiated for aged and non-aged parents and based on its cost and processing times.

Apart from this brief guide, any queries on this visa will be answered by our experts at Visa Alliance.

Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)

Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804) is a permanent visa that lets an aged parent of a settled Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen stay in Australia. You can enroll in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare, sponsor your family members for other Australian visas, and, if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship with this visa.

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must be in Australia while applying for this visa

  You must be sponsored, which in this case is usually by an eligible child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

  You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia, which usually is 65-67 years old, depending on your date of birth

  You must not hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

  You must meet the balance-of-family test

  You must be able to obtain assurance of support

  You must meet the health and character requirement

AUD 6,490

Visa Application Fees

You can pay for this visa in 2 installments (AUD 4,425 at the time of application, and AUD 2,065 at the time of decision)

There are additional charges for every family member who applies for the visa along with you

You also have to pay for health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond

30 years

Avg. Processing Times

Applications for Aged Parent visas are subjected to capping and queuing 

All new applications for Aged Parent visa (subclass 804) are likely to take at least 30 years for final processing, based on current Migration Program

As of June 2021, Aged Parent Visa applications with a queue date up to December 2012 were released for final processing

Permanently

Stay

FAQ’s

If your child is under 18 years old, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organization. 

The sponsorship must be approved.

You can include members of your family unit. They must meet the health and character requirements.

Note: They too must be inside Australia while applying for this visa.

Beyond the cost for the main applicant, there is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

 

You have to pay for their health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond too.

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you wish for the initial 5 years. After that, you need to hold a Resident Return visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

You would not require a visa to enter Australia if you apply for an Australian passport.

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884)

Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 884) is a temporary visa that lets an aged parent of a settled Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen stay in Australia for a stated period of time.

You can work or study in Australia, but you will not be granted any government support. This is the first step to apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must be in Australia while applying for this visa

  You must be sponsored, which in this case is usually by an eligible child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

  You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia, which usually is 65-67 years old, depending on your date of birth

  You must not hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

  You must meet the balance-of-family test

 You must meet the health and character requirement

AUD 33,355

Visa Application Fees

You can pay for this visa in 2 installments (AUD 4,225 at the time of application, and AUD 29,130 at the time of decision)

There are additional charges for every family member who applies for the visa along with you

You also have to pay for health checks, police reports and biometrics

-

Avg. Processing Times

Applications for Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visas are subjected to capping and queuing 

2 years

Stay

FAQ’s

If your child is under 18 years old, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organization. The sponsorship must be approved.

You can include members of your family unit. They must meet the health and character requirements.

Note: They too must be inside Australia while applying for this visa.

Beyond the cost for the main applicant, there is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

You have to pay for health checks, police certificates, and biometrics too.

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)

Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864) is a permanent visa that lets an aged parent of a settled Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen stay in Australia.

You can work or study in Australia, and can be eligible to enroll in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare. If you have already applied for a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884), a (subclass 864) visa will help you to ease the cost of visa over a number of years

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must be in Australia while applying for this visa

  You must be sponsored, which in this case is usually by an eligible child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

  You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia, which usually is 65-67 years old, depending on your date of birth

  You must not hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

  You must meet the balance-of-family test

  You must be able to obtain assurance of support

  You must meet the health and character requirement

 

AUD 47,825

Visa Application Fees

Base Application Charge: AUD 4,225

There are additional charges for every family member who applies for the visa along with you

You also have to pay for health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond

-

Avg. Processing Times

Applications for Contributory Aged Parent visas are subjected to capping and queuing

Permanently

Stay

FAQ’s

If your child is under 18 years old, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organization. 

The sponsorship must be approved.

You can include members of your family unit. They must meet the health and character requirements.

Note: They too must be inside Australia while applying for this visa.

Beyond the cost for the main applicant, there is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

 

You have to pay for their health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond too.

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you wish for the initial 5 years. After that, you need to hold a Resident Return visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

You would not require a visa to enter Australia if you apply for an Australian passport.

Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173)

Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173) is a temporary visa that lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen stay in Australia.

You can work or study in Australia under this visa, but you will not be granted any government support. This is the first step to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143). It will help you to ease the cost over a number of years. You can be in or outside Australia while you apply for this visa.

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must be sponsored, which in this case is usually by an eligible child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

  You must not hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

  You must meet the balance-of-family test

  You must meet the health and character requirement

 

AUD 31,980

Visa Application Fees

You can pay for this visa in 2 installments (AUD 2,850 at the time of application, and AUD 29,130 at the time of decision)

There are additional charges for every family member who applies for the visa along with you

You also have to pay for health checks, police reports and biometrics

-

Avg. Processing Times

Applications for Contributory Parent (Temporary) visas are subjected to capping and queuing

2 years

Stay

FAQ’s

If your child is under 18 years old, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organization. 

The sponsorship must be approved.

You can include members of your family unit. They must meet the health and character requirements.

Note: They too must be inside Australia while applying for this visa.

Beyond the cost for the main applicant, there is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

 

You have to pay for their health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond too.

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times within 2 years.

Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) is a permanent visa that lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen settle in Australia.

You can move to Australia as a permanent resident, and even sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia in future. You are eligible to enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare. You can be in or outside Australia while applying for this visa. You can apply for this visa as a retiree too.

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must be sponsored, which in this case is usually by an eligible child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

  You must not hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

  You must meet the balance-of-family test

  You must be able to obtain assurance of support

  You must meet the health and character requirement

Note: You don’t need to be sponsored, meet the balance-of-family test and obtain assurance of support if you are applying as a retiree.

AUD 47,825

Visa Application Fees

You can pay for this visa in 2 installments (Amount varies for a subclass 173 visa holder and others)

There are additional charges for every family member who applies for the visa along with you

You also have to pay for health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond

64 months

Avg. Processing Times

Applications for Contributory Parent visas are subjected to capping and queuing 

All new applications for Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) are likely to take at least 64 months for final processing, based on current Migration Program

As of June 2021, Contributory Parent visa applications with a queue date up to May 2016 were released for final processing

Permanently

Stay

FAQ’s

If your child is under 18 years old, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organization. 

The sponsorship must be approved.

You can include members of your family unit. They must meet the health and character requirements.

Note: They too must be inside Australia while applying for this visa.

Beyond the cost for the main applicant, there is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

 

You have to pay for their health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond too.

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you wish for the initial 5 years. After that, you need to hold a Resident Return visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

You would not require a visa to enter Australia if you apply for an Australian passport.

Parent Visa (subclass 103)

Parent visa (subclass 103) is a permanent visa that lets a parent of a settled Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen settle in Australia.

You can move to Australia as a permanent resident, and even sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia in future. You are eligible to enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare. You can be in or outside Australia while applying for this visa. You can apply for this visa as a retiree too.

Key eligibility criteria:

  You must be sponsored, which in this case is usually by an eligible child who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

  You must not hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

  You must meet the balance-of-family test

  You must be able to obtain assurance of support

  You must meet the health and character requirement

Note: You don’t need to be sponsored, meet the balance-of-family test and obtain assurance of support if you are applying as a retiree.

AUD 6,490

Visa Application Fees

You can pay for this visa in 2 installments (AUD 4,425 at the time of application, and AUD 2,065 at the time of decision)

There are additional charges for every family member who applies for the visa along with you

You also have to pay for health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond

-

Avg. Processing Times

Applications for Parent visas are subjected to capping and queuing 

As of June 2021, Parent visa applications with a queue date up to October 2010 were released for final processing

Permanently

Stay

FAQ’s

If your child is under 18 years old, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organization. 

The sponsorship must be approved.

You can include members of your family unit. They must meet the health and character requirements.

Note: They too must be inside Australia while applying for this visa.

Beyond the cost for the main applicant, there is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa.

 

You have to pay for their health checks, police certificates, biometrics and an assurance of support bond too.

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you wish for the initial 5 years. After that, you need to hold a Resident Return visa (RRV) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

You would not require a visa to enter Australia if you apply for an Australian passport.

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