Parent Visas

Parent Visas

Temporary Sponsored
Parent Visas

The Temporary Sponsored Parent Visa is a new visa arrangement for parents (biological or adoptive) and step-parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens.

This visa doesn’t replace the existing Parent category visas. It provides an important cultural link for children of Australian migrants, while recognising the social benefits afforded through parent reunification, such as assistance with minding of grandchildren.

Eligibility

This new visa arrangement is for parents (biological or adoptive) and step-parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens.

A step-parent can only apply if they are still in a married/de facto relationship with a biological parent of the sponsoring Australian child.

Only one set of parents per household (that is maximum two people) can be sponsored for this visa at a time.

Length of Stay

5 years

Aged Dependent Relative
Visa Subclass 114

This visa is for some older people to migrate to Australia if they rely on an eligible relative in Australia to provide financial support.

Eligibility

You might be eligible for this visa if you:

  • lodge your application outside Australia
  • meet the age requirements
  • rely on a relative in Australia, and you are sponsored by them or their partner.

Length of Stay

Permanent

Aged Dependent Relative
Visa Subclass 838

This visa is for some older people to stay permanently in Australia if they rely on an eligible relative in Australia to provide financial support.

Eligibility

You might be eligible for this visa if you:

  • lodge your application outside Australia
  • meet the age requirements
  • rely on a relative in Australia, and you are sponsored by them or their partner.

Length of Stay

Permanent

Carer visa
Visa Subclass 116

This visa is for someone who needs to move to Australia to care for a relative in Australia with a long-term or permanent medical condition, or assist a relative providing care to a member of their family unit with a long-term or permanent medical conditions.

Eligibility

You might be eligible for this visa if:

  • you have a relative in Australia who needs assistance due to a long-term or permanent medical condition
  • your relative has arranged an assessment with Bupa Medical Visa Services
  • there is no one else in Australia who can provide the care or assistance
  • you are willing and able to assist your relative
  • you are sponsored by your relative or their partner.

Length of Stay

Permanent

Carer visa
Visa Subclass 836

This visa is for someone in Australia who needs to either care for a relative in Australia with a long-term or permanent medical condition or assist a relative providing this care to a member of their family unit with a long-term or permanent medical condition.

Eligibility

You might be eligible for this visa if:

  • you have a relative in Australia who needs assistance due to a long-term or permanent medical condition
  • your relative has arranged an assessment with Bupa Medical Visa Services
  • there is no one else in Australia who can provide the care or assistance
  • you are willing and able to assist your relative
  • you are sponsored by your relative or their partner.

Length of Stay

Permanent

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary)
Visa Subclass 884

This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily.

If you are granted this visa and want to stay in Australia permanently, you can then apply for a Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).
Applying for this temporary subclass 884 visa before the permanent subclass 864 visa lets you spread the costs of your migration over a number of years.

Eligibility

  • be sponsored
  • be old enough for the age pension in Australia
  • meet the balance-of-family test

Length of Stay

Two years

Contributory Aged Parent
Visa Subclass 864

This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia permanently.

You could apply for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884) before this visa. Applying for the temporary visa and then this permanent visa costs more but the costs are spread across the two visas over a longer period of time.

You could also apply for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804). The subclass 804 visa costs less than this visa but there can be long waiting times of up to 30 years.

Eligibility

You could apply for the Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884) before this visa. Applying for the temporary visa and then this permanent visa costs more but the costs are spread across the two visas over a longer period of time.

You could also apply for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804). The subclass 804 visa costs less than this visa but there can be long waiting times of up to 30 years.

Length of Stay

Permanent

Contributory Parent (Temporary)
Visa Subclass 173

This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily.

If you are granted this visa and want to stay in Australia permanently, you can then apply for a Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

Applying for this temporary subclass 173 visa before the permanent subclass 143 visa lets you spread the costs of your migration over a number of years.

Eligibility

  • be sponsored
  • meet the balance-of-family test

Length of Stay

2 years

Parent visa (subclass 103)

This visa lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia permanently.

You could apply for the Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173) before this visa. Applying for the temporary visa and then this permanent visa costs more but the costs are spread across the two visas over a longer period of time.

You could also apply for a Parent visa (subclass 103). The subclass 103 visa costs less than this visa but there can be long waiting times of up to 30 years.

Eligibility

You might be eligible for this visa if:

  • be sponsored
  • obtain an Assurance of Support.
  • if you do not hold a subclass 173 visa, meet the balance-of-family test.

Length of Stay

Permanent

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