Parent/Contributory Parent/Sponsored Parent Visas (Subclass 103/804/173/143/884/864/870)

Parent/Contributory Parent/Sponsored Parent Visas Overview

Subclass 103/804/173/143/884/864/870

Subclass 103 Parent (Permanent) Visa

Overview

Subclass 103 Parent visa is a permanent visa which allows adult child who is at least 18 years old and is either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen, to sponsor their parent(s) to live permanently in Australia.

Parent visa costs significantly less than Contributory Parent visa but with longer precessing time of approximately 30 years or more.

Who can be a Sponsor?

  • An adult child of the applicant or the adult child’s cohabiting spouse or de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, the child’s cohabiting spouse who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If both the applicant’s child and the cohabiting spouse of the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a relative or guardian of the child or of the child’s spouse/de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a community organisation lawfully established in Australia where there is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child.
If a sponsor is a person, the sponsor must be either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen.

Subclass 405 Investor Retirement or Subclass 410 Retirement visa holder on 8 May 2018 need not have a sponsor.

Stay Period

Indefinitely with 5-year travel facility after which you may need to apply for Subclass 155 or 157 Resident Return visa to extend your travel facility.

Apply from…

  • If on 8 May 2018, the visa or last substantive visa held by an applicant was a Subclass 405 Investor Retirement visa or Subclass 410 Retirement visa, and the applicant has not held any other substantive visa between 8 May 2018 and the date of applying for Subclass 103 Parent visa:
  • The applicant must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa. However, the applicant can be in or outside Australia to be granted this visa.
  • In general cases:
  • The applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa. However, the applicant must be outside Australia to be granted this visa.

Not Holding Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa

At the time of application, the applicant must not be holding a Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa that is still in effect.

If the applicant held such a Subclass 870 visa, must have left Australia since that visa ceased to be in effect.

Not Have Other Pending Parent Visa Application

If application for another parent visa is still pending, the applicant can only apply for this Subclass 103 Parent visa once a decision on the pending application has been made or the pending application has been withdrawn.

Balance of Family Test

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must meet the balance of family test. In general, the applicant meets the balance of family test if there are more children living in Australia than in any other single country.

Subclass 405 Investor Retirement or Subclass 410 Retirement visa holder on 8 May 2018 need not meet the balance of family test.

Assurance of Support

To be granted this visa, the applicant must have an assurer for an Assurance of Support. Assurance of Support assures the government that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa.

Click here to learn more about Assurance of Support.

Subclass 405 Investor Retirement or Subclass 410 Retirement visa holder on 8 May 2018 need not have an assurer for an Assurance of Support.
Subclass 804 Aged Parent (Permanent) Visa (Onshore)

Overview

Subclass 804 Aged Parent visa is a permanent visa which allows adult child who is at least 18 years old and is either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen, to sponsor their aged parent(s), who is/are old enough to be eligible for an age pension in Australia, to live permanently in Australia.

Aged Parent visa costs significantly less than Contributory Aged Parent visa but with longer precessing time of approximately 30 years or more.

Age Requirement

At the time of visa application decision, the applicant must be at an age equivalent to Age Pension age in Australia. The current Age Pension age in Australia is 66 years old and will increase progressively to 66 years & 6 months old from 1 Jul 2021 and 67 years old from 1 Jul 2023.

For updated Age Pension age, visit Services Australia website.

Certain applicant does not need to meet the age requirement. Contact us for more details.

Who can be a Sponsor?

  • An adult child of the applicant or the adult child’s cohabiting spouse or de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, the child’s cohabiting spouse who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If both the applicant’s child and the cohabiting spouse of the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a relative or guardian of the child or of the child’s spouse/de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a community organisation lawfully established in Australia where there is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child.
If a sponsor is a person, the sponsor must be either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen.

Stay Period

Indefinitely with 5-year travel facility after which you may need to apply for Subclass 155 or 157 Resident Return visa to extend your travel facility.

Apply from…

The applicant must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa and to be granted this visa.

Not Holding Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa

At the time of application, the applicant must not be holding a Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa that is still in effect.

If the applicant held such a Subclass 870 visa, must have left Australia since that visa ceased to be in effect.

Not Have Other Pending Parent Visa Application

If application for another parent visa is still pending, the applicant can only apply for this Subclass 804 Aged Parent visa once a decision on the pending application has been made or the pending application has been withdrawn.

Balance of Family Test

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must meet the balance of family test. In general, the applicant meets the balance of family test if there are more children living in Australia than in any other single country.

Certain applicant does not need to meet the balance of family test. Contact us for more details.

Assurance of Support

To be granted this visa, the applicant must have an assurer for an Assurance of Support. Assurance of Support assures the government that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa.

Click here to learn more about Assurance of Support.
Subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa

Overview

Subclass 173 Contributory Parent visa is a temporary visa which allows adult child who is at least 18 years old and is either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen, to sponsor their parent(s) to live temporarily in Australia for up to 2 years. After which the applicant may consider applying for a permanent Subclass 143 Contributory Parent visa.

Instead of applying for a Subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa straight away, this visa allows the upfront cost to be spread in two stages by first applying for this Subclass 173 visa then Subclass 143 visa after the 2-year period.

Who can be a Sponsor?

  • An adult child of the applicant or the adult child’s cohabiting spouse or de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, the child’s cohabiting spouse who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If both the applicant’s child and the cohabiting spouse of the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a relative or guardian of the child or of the child’s spouse/de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a community organisation lawfully established in Australia where there is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child.
If a sponsor is a person, the sponsor must be either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen.

Stay Period

2 years. After which, existing visa holder may consider applying for a Subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa to live permanently in Australia.

Apply from…

The applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa. However, the applicant must be outside Australia to be granted this visa.

Not Holding Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa

At the time of application, the applicant must not be holding a Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa that is still in effect.

If the applicant held such a Subclass 870 visa, must have left Australia since that visa ceased to be in effect.

Not Have Other Pending Parent Visa Application

If application for another parent visa is still pending, the applicant can only apply for this Subclass 173 Contributory Parent visa once a decision on the pending application has been made or the pending application has been withdrawn.

Balance of Family Test

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must meet the balance of family test. In general, the applicant meets the balance of family test if there are more children living in Australia than in any other single country.
Subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Permanent) Visa

Overview

Subclass 143 Contributory Parent visa is a permanent visa which allows adult child who is at least 18 years old and is either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen, to sponsor their parent(s) to live permanently in Australia.

The main advantage of the Subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa is shorter processing time (approx. 3 to 4 years) than Subclass 103 Parent (Permanent) visa (approx. 30 years) but cost more.

Who can be a Sponsor?

  • An adult child of the applicant or the adult child’s cohabiting spouse or de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, the child’s cohabiting spouse who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If both the applicant’s child and the cohabiting spouse of the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a relative or guardian of the child or of the child’s spouse/de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a community organisation lawfully established in Australia where there is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child.
If a sponsor is a person, the sponsor must be either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen.

Subclass 405 Investor Retirement or Subclass 410 Retirement visa holder on 8 May 2018 need not have a sponsor.

Subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa holder might not need to have a sponsor to apply for this Subclass 143 visa if the sponsor for Subclass 173 visa dies before Subclass 173 visa expires and there’s no other person that can meet sponsorship’s eligibility for this Subclass 143 visa.

Stay Period

Indefinitely with 5-year travel facility after which you may need to apply for Subclass 155 or 157 Resident Return visa to extend your travel facility.

Apply from…

  • If on 8 May 2018, the visa or last substantive visa held by an applicant was a Subclass 405 Investor Retirement visa or Subclass 410 Retirement visa, and the applicant has not held any other substantive visa between 8 May 2018 and the date of applying for Subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa:
  • The applicant must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa. However, the applicant can be in or outside Australia to be granted this visa.
  • If the applicant holds a Subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa at the time of, or has held a Subclass 173 visa in the 28 days before lodging this Subclass 143 visa application:
  • The applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply and to be granted this visa.
  • In most other cases:
  • The applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa. However, the applicant must be outside Australia to be granted this visa.

Not Holding Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa

At the time of application, the applicant must not be holding a Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa that is still in effect.

If the applicant held such a Subclass 870 visa, must have left Australia since that visa ceased to be in effect.

Not Have Other Pending Parent Visa Application

If application for another parent visa is still pending, the applicant can only apply for this Subclass 143 Contributory Parent (Permanent) visa once a decision on the pending application has been made or the pending application has been withdrawn.

Balance of Family Test

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must meet the balance of family test. In general, the applicant meets the balance of family test if there are more children living in Australia than in any other single country.

Subclass 405 Investor Retirement or Subclass 410 Retirement visa holder on 8 May 2018 & Subclass 173 Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa holder at the time of application need not meet the balance of family test.

Assurance of Support

To be granted this visa, the applicant must have an assurer for an Assurance of Support. Assurance of Support assures the government that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa.

Click here to learn more about Assurance of Support.

Subclass 405 Investor Retirement or Subclass 410 Retirement visa holder on 8 May 2018 need not have an assurer for an Assurance of Support.
Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (Onshore)

Overview

Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent visa is a temporary visa which allows adult child who is at least 18 years old and is either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen, to sponsor their aged parent(s), who is/are old enough to be eligible for an age pension in Australia, to live temporarily in Australia for up to 2 years. After which the applicant may consider applying for a permanent Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent visa.

Instead of applying for a Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa straight away, this visa allows the upfront cost to be spread in two stages by first applying for this Subclass 884 visa then Subclass 864 visa after the 2-year period.

Age Requirement

At the time of visa application decision, the applicant must be at an age equivalent to Age Pension age in Australia. The current Age Pension age in Australia is 66 years old and will increase progressively to 66 years & 6 months old from 1 Jul 2021 and 67 years old from 1 Jul 2023.

For updated Age Pension age, visit Services Australia website.

Certain applicant does not need to meet the age requirement. Contact us for more details.

Who can be a Sponsor?

  • An adult child of the applicant or the adult child’s cohabiting spouse or de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, the child’s cohabiting spouse who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If both the applicant’s child and the cohabiting spouse of the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a relative or guardian of the child or of the child’s spouse/de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a community organisation lawfully established in Australia where there is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child.
If a sponsor is a person, the sponsor must be either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen.

Stay Period

2 years. After which, existing visa holder may consider applying for a Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa to live permanently in Australia.

Apply from…

The applicant must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa and to be granted this visa.

Not Holding Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa

At the time of application, the applicant must not be holding a Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa that is still in effect.

If the applicant held such a Subclass 870 visa, must have left Australia since that visa ceased to be in effect.

Not Have Other Pending Parent Visa Application

If application for another parent visa is still pending, the applicant can only apply for this Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent visa once a decision on the pending application has been made or the pending application has been withdrawn.

Balance of Family Test

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must meet the balance of family test. In general, the applicant meets the balance of family test if there are more children living in Australia than in any other single country.

Certain applicant does not need to meet the balance of family test. Contact us for more details.
Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) Visa (Onshore)

Overview

Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent visa is a permanent visa which allows adult child who is at least 18 years old and is either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen, to sponsor their parent(s) to live permanently in Australia.

The main advantage of the Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent (Permanent) visa is shorter processing time (approx. 3 to 4 years) than Subclass 804 Aged Parent (Permanent) visa (approx. 30 years) but cost more.

Age Requirement

At the time of visa application decision, the applicant must be at an age equivalent to Age Pension age in Australia. The current Age Pension age in Australia is 66 years old and will increase progressively to 66 years & 6 months old from 1 Jul 2021 and 67 years old from 1 Jul 2023.

For updated Age Pension age, visit Services Australia website.

Certain applicant does not need to meet the age requirement. Contact us for more details.

Who can be a Sponsor?

  • An adult child of the applicant or the adult child’s cohabiting spouse or de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, the child’s cohabiting spouse who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If both the applicant’s child and the cohabiting spouse of the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a relative or guardian of the child or of the child’s spouse/de facto partner, who is at least 18 years old and above; or
  • If the applicant’s child is below 18 years old, a community organisation lawfully established in Australia where there is a relationship between the organisation and the applicant’s child.
If a sponsor is a person, the sponsor must be either a settled Australian citizen, settled Australian permanent resident or settled eligible New Zealand citizen.

Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa holder might not need to have a sponsor to apply for this Subclass 864 visa if the sponsor for Subclass 884 visa dies before Subclass 884 visa expires and there’s no other person that can meet sponsorship’s eligibility for this Subclass 864 visa.

Stay Period

Indefinitely with 5-year travel facility after which you may need to apply for Subclass 155 or 157 Resident Return visa to extend your travel facility.

Apply from…

The applicant must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for this visa and to be granted this visa.

Not Holding Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa

At the time of application, the applicant must not be holding a Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa that is still in effect.

If the applicant held such a Subclass 870 visa, must have left Australia since that visa ceased to be in effect.

Not Have Other Pending Parent Visa Application

If application for another parent visa is still pending, the applicant can only apply for this Subclass 864 Contributory Aged Parent visa once a decision on the pending application has been made or the pending application has been withdrawn.

Balance of Family Test

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must meet the balance of family test. In general, the applicant meets the balance of family test if there are more children living in Australia than in any other single country.

At the time of applying for this visa, applicant who holds a Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa and certain other applicant does not need to meet the balance of family test. Contact us for more details.

Assurance of Support

To be granted this visa, the applicant must have an assurer for an Assurance of Support. Assurance of Support assures the government that you will not have to rely on government assistance after you enter Australia on this visa.

Click here to learn more about Assurance of Support.
Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa (Offshore)

Overview

Subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa is a temporary visa which allows adult child who is at least 18 years old and is either an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident who has been usually resident in Australia for at least the 4 years or settled eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for at least the 4 years, to sponsor their parent(s) to live temporarily in Australia for up to 3 or 5 years.

Advantages Compared to Other Visas for Parents

  • No balance of family test;
  • Does not require Assurance of Support but need to maintain adequate health insurance;
  • Visa holder can stay in Australia throughout the period of visa validity unlike 18-month, 3 or 5-year Subclass 600 Tourist visa granted to parents with condition 8558 which restricts parents staying in Australia for more than 12 months in total in any 18-month period.

Disadvantages Compared to Other Visas for Parents

  • Applicant must be outside Australia to apply for this Subclass 870 visa unless the applicant obtained "Permission to Apply in Australia";
  • Two-step processes which require sponsorship application to be approved before visa application can be lodged;
  • Temporary visa with no work rights (exemption may apply in limited circumstances);
  • To be granted a further Subclass 870 visa, the applicant must has been outside Australia for 90 consecutive days;
  • Costly.

Who can be a Sponsor?

  • An adult child of the applicant or the adult child's spouse or de facto partner (who is not parent sponsor), who is at least 18 years old and above;
  • Sponsor with an annual taxable income of at least AUD 83,454.80 (accurate as of the time of writing, subject to further changes) in the most recently completed financial year (income can be combined with the income of the sponsor's spouse or de facto partner and/or the child of visa applicant who is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen);
  • For combined income, sponsor's income must be at least 50% of minimum income threshold (of AUD 83,454.80 at the time of writing).

Stay Period

3 years or 5 years from the visa grant date. After which, existing visa holder may apply for further Subclass 870 visa provided the total validity period of all Subclass 870 visas does not exceed 10 years.

Apply from...

The applicant must be outside Australia, to apply for this visa unless the applicant has "Permission to Apply in Australia". The applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to be granted this visa.

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