Parent Visa Australia

Citizens and permanent residents of Australia have many visa options if they want to help parents move to Australia. VELawyers are a dedicated team of registered migration agents, with experts in family and parent migration among them.
Our team will be pleased to assist you in preparing and submitting an application for a  Parent visa, Aged Parent visa, Contributory Parent visa or any other visa, whether your loved ones are already in Australia or are still living outside Australia.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for the latest information and a comprehensive overview of your options.
  • Parent category visas

    It might be possible for you to get a parent visa type, providing that:

    • your child is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or an eligible citizen of New Zealand
    • your child has already been residing in Australia for a minimum period of two years
    • you pass the ‘Balance of family’ test
    • you meet Australia’s usual good health and character requirements for visa applications
    How long am I allowed to stay in Australia on a parent category visa?

    With a parent visa type, you will be permitted to reside in Australia either permanently, or for up to two years as a temporary visa holder.

    Sponsors

    Applicants for parent visas require sponsorship from a suitable Australian citizen or resident aged 18 or more.

    Special provisions exist in certain circumstances where the applicant wishes to apply on the basis of sponsorship from an individual aged under 18.

    Balance of family test

    Passing the balance of family test is mandatory for all applicants for parent category visas.

    To pass the test, individuals must meet either of the following criteria:

    • at least half their children are permanently living in Australia
    • more of their children are permanently resident in Australia than in any other country
    Which parent visa is best?

    The best option will depend on your individual circumstances, as well as whether you intend to apply from within or from outside of Australia.

    The scenarios outlined here attempt to give a general overview of some potential options that may be available to you.

  • Sponsored Parent 870 Visa

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    Applicants for Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas should:

    • have been sponsored by an approved parent sponsor
    • be no less than 18 years old
    • be physically located outside Australia for at least the previous 90 days
    • be the parent of a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or an eligible citizen of New Zealand who has themselves been living in Australia for at least four years, and who has an annual income of no less than AUD 83,454.80
    • meet the standard good health and character requirements for Australian visas

    NB: The balance of family test is not a prerequisite for this temporary visa

    Applications for this visa cost:

    • $5,000 for up to three years’ validity
    • $10,000 for three to five years’ validity


  • Parent Visa (subclass 103) applying from outside Australia

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    Scenario 1

    • You are submitting your application from outside Australia
    • Your child is currently living in Australia
    • You are aiming to become a permanent resident of Australia

    Best option: Parent Visa (subclass 103)

    In order to be eligible to apply for a Parent Visa (subclass 103), you should:

    • Be able to pass the balance of family test
    • Meet the minimum good health and character requirements
    • Have lined up an appropriate sponsor

    Processing time

    • Very long – as much as 30 years


  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) applying from outside Australia

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    Scenario 2:

    • You are submitting your application from outside of Australia
    • Your child is currently living in Australia
    • You are intending to move to Australia to live there on a temporary basis for up to two years
    • You are willing to pay an increased visa application fee in order to have your application processed more quickly

    Best option: Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173)

    To be eligible to apply for a Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173), the applying parent shouldt:

    • be able to pass the balance of family test
    • meet the good health and character requirements for Australian visa applications.
  • Contributory parent visa (subclass 143)

    Applying from inside or outside of Australia

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    Scenario 3:

    • You can be physically located either inside or outside Australia
    • Your child is already resident in Australia
    • Your goal is to become a permanent resident of Australia
    • You are happy to pay a higher application fee in order to have your application considered and processed more quickly

    Best option: Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

    In order to be eligible to apply for a Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143), a parent should:

    • meet the good health and character requirements for Australian visa applications
    • be able to pass the balance of family test
    • have a sponsor who can offer a formal assurance of support

    Processing time

    Processing times for this visa can vary depending on how many of this type of visa are permitted to be granted each year.

    Individuals who already hold a Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) can submit an application to convert it into a Permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) before their temporary visa expires.

  • Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)

    Applying from within Australia

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    Scenario 4:

    • You are physically located in Australia when you apply
    • Your child is a legal (and not temporary) resident of Australia
    • You are intending to become a permanent resident of Australia
    • You are (usually) at least 65 years old

    Best option: Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804)

    In order to submit an application for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804), a parent should:

    • meet the minimum age requirement
    • pass the balance of family test
    • meet Australia’s good health and character requirements for visa applications

    Processing time

    Very long – as much as 30 years

  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884)

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    Scenario 5:

    • You are physically located in Australia at the point of application
    • Your child is a legal, non-temporary resident of Australia
    • You intend to reside in Australia for a maximum of two years
    • You are (usually) at least 65 years old
    • You are willing to pay a higher application fee in order to have your application processed more quickly

    Best option: Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884)

    Applicants for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884) should:

    • be at least 65 years old
    • pass the balance of family test
    • have a sponsor.
  • Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)

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    Scenario 6:

    • You are physically located in Australia when you submit your application
    • Your child is a legal, non-temporary resident of Australia
    • You intend to become a permanent resident of Australia
    • You are at least 65 years old
    • You are willing to pay a more substantial visa fee

    Best option: Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)

    Applicants for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864) should:

    • meet the minimum age requirement and balance of family test
    • meet the good health and character requirements for Australian visas
    • have a sponsor who can provide a formal assurance of support

    Holders of Temporary Contributory Aged Parent Visas (subclass 884) may be eligible to apply to convert that visa into a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 864) before their current visa expires.

  • Processing times for Family Visas

    Processing times can vary depending on the category and type of visa, as well as on the current workload and backlog of Australian immigration authorities.

  • Assurance of Support (Bond)

    A formal Assurance of Support is a prerequisite for a number of types of visa. Put simply, it is a formal commitment to the Australian government that an individual will provide financial and moral assistance to an applicant and any accompanying family members during the first two years of their residence in Australia. The individual providing the assurance of support also commits to repaying any social security payments that may be granted to the applicant and/or their family.

  • Capping and queuing

    Australia’s goverment has the power to set a limit for each type and category of visa, effectively setting a maximum number of that visa which can be awarded each year. This limit is often referred to as a visa cap.

    Both the Aged Parent visa and Parent visa categories are capped; however, Contributory Parent category visas are not.

    Applicants for visas which have already reached their cap will be placed in a queue, and their applications considered only when there are visa remaining to be awarded.


Australia’s Bureau of Statistics states that more than half of all Australians have at least one parent who was born abroad. If you are from such an Australian family, please contact us if you would like to help a parent or family member move to Australia!

VELawyers’ team of Family and Parent Visa experts are licensed migration agents with a prove track record of providing ethical, sensitive and people-centred service to applicants, sponsors and families.

Book your no-obligation consultation today with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne, and find out the right visa options for your unique circumstances.