Parent Visa Australia

One main point of these visas is that the applicants must be sponsored. If you are the parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen you may be able to qualify for this type of visa if your child is willing and able to sponsor you.

Parent visa categories

Sponsored Parent visa – Subclass 870 Temporary visa

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. Parents who have held Subclass 870 visas for the cumulative maximum 10 year period must either depart Australia or apply for another visa that will allow them to remain in Australia. Key points of this visa:

  • Your children must have been approved as parent sponsor within the last 6-months;
  • You must meet Australian health requirement;
  • You must have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia;
  • You must provide evidence of health insurance;
  • Visa holders cannot work on this visa. Providing in home care for their own children and family is allowed; work/assistance for a family business or other work which would ordinarily be remunerated is not allowed.

Things to note for the sponsors (children):

  • You must apply online to become an approved Parent Sponsor.
  • You must be an approved Parent Sponsor before a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870) application can be lodged.
  • After you are approved as a Parent Sponsor, the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870) application(s) must be lodged within 6 months of the sponsorship approval or 60 days if you have been given Permission to Apply in Australia.

Official website: Sponsored Parent visa – Subclass 870 Temporary visa

Contributory Aged Parent visa – Subclass 884 Temporary visa

The contributory aged parent 884 visa is a temporary visa which allows the applicants to live in Australia for two years. This visa cannot be extended or renewed. If the parents want to stay in Australia permanently, they can apply for the permanent Contributory Aged Parent 864 visa before the temporary 884 visa is expired. Key points of this visa:

  • You can live in Australia for up to 2 years
  • The visa period starts on the date when is granted by the Department of Home Affairs.
  • You can work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support)
  • You can apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)
  • This visa costs from AUD33,285. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you. Pay the first instalment when you apply and the second instalment when the Department is asking you to do it.

Official website: Contributory Aged Parent visa – Subclass 884 Temporary visa

Contributory Aged Parent visa – Subclass 864 Permanent visa

Subclass 864 visa allows the aged parent of a settled Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident  to live in Australia permanently. The aged parent can only apply for this visa subclass while in Australia. Also, will need to be sponsored by a child who is a permanent resident or Australian citizen and must meet the age requirement for the Australian Age pension. Key points of this visa:

  • You can stay in Australia as a permanent resident;
  • You can work and study in Australia;
  • You can enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme;
  • You must meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if:
    • at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children, or
    • there are more eligible children living in Australia than in any other single country
  • This visa costs from AUD47,755 and will be paid in 2 instalments.

Official website: Contributory Aged Parent visa – Subclass 864 Permanent visa

Contributory Parent visa – Subclass 173 Temporary visa

This visa allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident to live in Australia temporary, for up to 2 years. The parent can apply for this visa subclass while in or out Australia . Also, at least half of the applicant’s children must reside permanently in Australia. Applicant must be in Australia when visa application is decided. This visa subclass will allow the aged parent to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa subclass 143 visa. Key points of this visa:

  • You can live in Australia for up to 2 years;
  • You can work and study in Australia (you will not receive government support);
  • You can enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme;
  • You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.
  • This visa costs from AUD31,930 and can be paid in 2 instalments.  There is an additional charge for each family member who applies with you.

Official website: Contributory Parent visa – Subclass 173 Temporary visa

Contributory Parent visa – Subclass 143 Permanent visa

This visa allows a parent of a settled Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident  to live in Australia permanently. The parent can apply for this visa subclass while in or out Australia . Also, at least half of the applicant’s children must reside permanently in Australia. Applicant must be in Australia when visa application is decided unless the applicant hold or held Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa subclass 173 or substituted Visitor visa (subclass 600) before lodging the Subclass 143visa application. Key points of this visa:

  • You can move to or stay in Australia as a permanent resident;
  • You can sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia;
  • You can apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible;
  • You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the Department of Home Affairs grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.
  • This visa costs from AUD47,755. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Official website: Contributory Parent visa – Subclass 143 Permanent visa

Parent visa – Subclass 103 Permanent visa

The Parent 103 visa allows those parents to live in Australia permanently whose child is already settled in Australia as an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The visa requires the parents to have the sponsorship of child or another eligible sponsor in Australia. To be eligible to apply for an Parent visa – Subclass 103, the parent must not have a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (subclass 870) visa. You can:

Apply as a retiree

You can apply for a Parent visa (subclass 103) as a retiree if:

  • on 8 May 2018, you held or had previously held an Investor Retirement (subclass 405) visa or Retirement (subclass 410), and
  • you have not held any other substantive visa between 8 May 2018 and the date you applied for the Parent visa

If you apply for this visa as a retiree:

  • you don’t need to meet the balance of family test
  • you don’t need to have an assurance of support
  • you don’t need a sponsor

Have a sponsor

You must be sponsored by an eligible sponsor and need to be approved by the  Department of Home Affairs. Usually you would be sponsored by an eligible child. If your child is under 18, you can be sponsored by an eligible relative or community organisation. Please note, If you apply for this visa as a retiree you don’t need a sponsor. Official source: Parent visa – Subclass 103 Permanent visa For more details please contact us.