Parent Visa

There are several different types of parent visas, with various time frames and requirements.

If you meet the requirements below, you might be eligible to apply for a parent visa:
    • you have a child who is a settled Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • your child is usually resident in Australia
    • you have a sponsor (usually your child who is over 18 or the child’s guardian/welfare organization if a child is under 18)
    • you must meet the criteria for the Balance of Family Test (except Subclass 870)
    • you meet the health and character requirements
    • Assurance of Support has been approved by the Department of Community Services (except Subclass 870)
Apply as a retiree

You can apply for certain Parent visas 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

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply.  

You are required to include details of all your family members in your application form whether they are migrating or not.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

If you apply for this visa as a retiree, you:

  • can include your partner when you apply provided they are also retired
  • can’t include your children in your application


There are different Parent Visa subclasses:

Parent (Migrant) Visa Subclass 103

Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 (or two stage process Subclass 173/143)

Sponsored Parent Subclass 870 Visa which allows you to remain temporarily in Australia up to 10 years in total.

Aged Parent (Residence) Subclass 804

Contributory Aged Parent Subclass 864 (or two stages process Subclass 884/864)


Things to keep in mind:

Parent Visas are subject to capping and queueing. Contributory Parent Visas’ application fees are much higher than non-contributory ones, however, the waiting period in a queue is reduced significantly. Based on current planning levels, the Department of Home Affairs estimates new Contributory Parent visa applications lodged that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately at least 64 months to be released for final processing. 

New Parent and Aged Parent visa applications lodged that meet the criteria to be queued are likely to take approximately 30 years for final processing.

If you are considering applying for a Parent visa and wish to discuss your options we would be delighted to assist you.

Where we can be of assistance

Student Visa
Partner Visa
Prospective Marriage Visa
Parent Visa
Child Visa
Carer Visa
Medical Treatment Visa
Protection Visa
Skilled Migration Pathways
Visa Appeal
Other Family Visas