PARENT VISAS

Aged Parent Visas

These visas are for parents whose age is equivalent to a person who is eligible for an Australian Age pension.

Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 804)

A permanent visa for aged parents to remain in Australia. Applicants must have children who are living in Australia.

 

Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 864)

A permanent visa for aged parents with children living in Australia. This visa costs more than the aged parent visa but is generally processed faster.

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)

This is a temporary visa valid for two years. If you hold this visa you can apply for the permanent Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 864).

Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (from subclass 884 to subclass 864)

For holders of a temporary Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 884), to apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).

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Parents with Children Living in Australia

Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103)

A permanent visa for parents who have children living in Australia.

Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 143)

A permanent visa for parents with children living in Australia. This visa costs more than the Parent visa but is generally processed faster.

Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

A temporary visa valid for two years for parents with children living in Australia. If you hold this visa you can then apply for the permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143)

For holders of a temporary Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173), who want to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143). An application for this visa is able to be made in Australia.

 

Parent Visa Queue

The parent category includes both the Parent (non-contributory) and the Contributory Parent visas.

Parent (non-contributory) visa applications have a lower processing priority than other visas in the family stream such as partners, children and contributory parent visas.

In the 2014–15 Migration Programme:

1 500 places have been allocated to Parent (non-contributory) visas (subclasses 103 and 804)

7 175 places have been allocated to Contributory Parent visas (subclasses 173/143 and subclasses 884/864).

In the 2014–15 Migration Programme year, 1 500 Parent (non-contributory) visa places are available for applicants applying from in and outside Australia.

To ensure equity, all Parent (non-contributory) visa applications are assessed in order of lodgement, assigned a queue date and then placed in the queue for the relevant visa subclass. You will be advised of your queue date when your application reaches this stage.

The queue date is the date that the application was assessed as meeting the initial criteria for a Parent (non-contributory) visa. When a queue date has been assigned it is a fixed date and the application cannot be given priority ahead of other applications. Applications are finalised in order of their queue date as places become available.

Based on current planning levels, applicants for a Parent (non-contributory) visa can expect an approximate 30 year wait before visa grant consideration after being allocated a queue date.

This waiting period is reflective of the significant number of Parent (non-contributory) visa applications in comparison to the limited number of visa places available each Migration Programme year.

Based on current planning levels if you are a new Contributory Parent visa applicant, you can expect to wait 12 to 24 months before visa grant consideration, depending on your circumstances. As current migration planning levels sufficiently cater for demand for these visas and the Contributory Parent visa is currently not subject to queuing arrangements, you will not be provided with a queue date.

If you are applying for Contributory Parent visa, you should note that processing times can vary. It is important that you ensure you have funds available for the second visa application charge at all times during the application process, as payment may be required at an earlier date than was anticipated at the time of visa application lodgement.

If you are interested in sponsoring your parents to Australia, please contact us.