Parent visas

Parent visas

There are different visa options for parents to live in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Visas with higher costs are processed faster and are called Contributory parent visas (because of the significant financial contribution made by applicants).

For parent visas to be granted, you must:

  • Be sponsored
  • Meet the balance-of-family (BOF) test
  • Meet health and character requirements

This visa is currently taking about 30 years to process.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • Are sponsored
  • Meet the balance-of-family test
  • Are prepared to wait in a queue before your visa can be decided.

This visa is significantly quicker but costs more.

You might be able to get this visa if you

  • Are sponsored or hold a temporary Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173)
  • Meet the balance-of-family test
  • Are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing.

This visa lets parents live in Australia for up to two years if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

This visa is temporary and cannot be extended or renewed. After arriving in Australia, you have two years to apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143). In this way, you can spread the costs of the Contributory Parent migration over a number of years.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • Are sponsored
  • Meet the balance-of-family test
  • Are prepared to pay much higher visa application charges for faster processing.

This visa lets older parents live in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia. There can be long waiting times of up to 30 years before this visa is approved.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • Are in Australia
  • Are sponsored
  • Meet age requirements
  • Meet the balance-of-family test
  • Are prepared to wait in a queue before your visa can be approved.

This visa lets older parents live permanently in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

You might be able to get this visa if you hold a Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884), or you:

  • Are in Australia
  • Are sponsored
  • Meet age requirements
  • Meet the balance-of-family test
  • Are prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing.

This visa lets older parents live in Australia for up to two years if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

This visa is temporary and cannot be extended or renewed. After the visa is approved, you have two years to apply for a Permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864). In this way, you can spread the costs of the Contributory Aged Parent migration over a number of years.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • Are in Australia
  • Are sponsored
  • Meet age requirements
  • Meet the balance-of-family test
  • Are prepared to pay much higher visa application charges for faster processing

You can sponsor your parent for this visa if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before the visa application is lodged
  • one of the following
    • an Australian citizen
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

  • your spouse who is 18 years of age or older, your relative or guardian, or a relative or guardian of your spouse, can sponsor your parent(s). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • a community organisation can sponsor your parent(s) if:
    • they show there is a relationship between their organisation and you
    • an Australian permanent resident
    • a senior representative agrees for their organisation to support your parent(s) after their arrival in Australia.

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Permanent parent visa lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Apply for Medicare
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • Travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

If you would like a quick assessment to check your suitability and eligibility for a Parent visa for yourself or your parents, please fill out and submit the Online Assessment Form!

If you would like a quick assessment to check your suitability and eligibility for a Parent visa for yourself or your parents, please fill out and submit the Online Assessment Form!