Parent Visa

Parent Visa is for parents who wish to migrate to Australia to be with their children. The visa application must be sponsored by one of their children. The sponsoring child must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident who is settled in Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen.

To be deemed ‘settled’, an Australian permanent resident must have been residing in Australia for at least 2 years prior to lodgement of the Parent Visa application. An Australian citizen must have been residing in Australia for at least 3 months prior to lodgement.

There are several Parent Visa options with varying processing times and costs.


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Parent Visa Categories

Permanent Parent Visa Categories

  • Contributory Parent: Class CA (Contributory Parent–Migrant) (Subclass 143)
  • Contributory Aged Parent: Class DG (Contributory Aged Parent–Residence) (Subclass 864)
  • Parent: Class AX (Parent–Migrant (Subclass 103)
  • Aged Parent: Class BP (Aged Parent–Residence) (Subclass 804)

Temporary Parent Visa Categories

  • Contributory Parent (Temporary): Class UT (Contributory Parent–Temporary) (Subclass 173)
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary): Class UU (Contributory Aged Parent–Temporary) (Subclass 884)
  • Sponsored Parent (Temporary): (Subclass 870)

Different visas allow applications to be made while parents are either onshore or offshore. We can assist you in preparing your visa application, Contact Us.


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Common criteria for all Parent Visa subclasses

  1. Meet the Balance of Family Test
  2. Sponsored by an eligible sponsor who must be: either the applicant’s child or the spouse of the applicant’s child over 18 years of age
  3. If the parent is in Australia at the time of application they may be prevented from applying for a Parent Visa if they do not hold a substantive Visa, which is any Visa other than a:
  • Bridging Visa
  • A criminal justice Visa
  • An enforcement Visa


  • Hold a sponsored visitor Visa
  • Have had a Visa cancelled or refused since they last arrived in Australia.
  • Last Visa was granted on the condition that they would not be granted a substantive Visa while in Australia
  • Are in immigration detention
  • Have previously applied for a protection Visa
  1. Obtain an Assurance of Support (AoS)
  2. Lodge a Security Bond
  3. Pass Health Test

To know more, visit our FAQs page.

Please note that visa specific criteria will also apply depending upon the option chosen.

These visas change depending on your location and circumstances, so fill our Contact Us form today to check your eligibility for this visa and we will get back to you shortly. We also offer TSS Visa, 494 Visas and Partner Visas.

Australia Parent Permanent Visa - Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a parent visa in Australia? 

The parent visa in Australia is a points-based visa for parents of citizens or permanent residents to live permanently in the country.

The parents visa application process is two-stage, first applying for a provisional parent visa and then, if successfully granted, applying for a parent permanent parent visa. 

There are three different types of Parent visas for parents: Contributory Aged Parent (Subclass 884), ContributoryParent (Subclass 864), and Non-contributory Parent (subclass 173/143). 

The type of visa you may be eligible for depends on your age, whether you have any dependent children, your relationship to your sponsoring child, and whether you have an eligible sponsor. 

To apply for this visa, you must have an eligible child who is willing and able to sponsor you. The sponsorship involves the child agreeing to provide financial support for you and any dependent family members included in your application.

For more advice and support on your case, and to learn if you could be eligible for an Australia visa, contact Migration Centre of Australia. 

What’s the difference between 143 & 173 visas? 

The 143 and 173 parent visas are both subclass visa options for skilled workers who have been nominated by an Australian employer. 

The 143 visa is a permanent residency visa, while the 173 visa is a provisional residency visa. 

The main difference between the two visas is the timeframe in which holders are eligible to apply for citizenship. 

Holders of the 143 visa can apply for citizenship after four years, while holders of the 173 visa must wait until they have held the visa for two years before applying. 

In addition, the 173 visa allows holders to travel in and out of Australia more freely than the 143 visa. 

As a result, it is generally considered to be a more attractive option for workers who are looking to eventually settle in Australia permanently.

How can I improve my application? 

The Migration Centre of Australia is a professional organisation that can provide you with expert advice on how to improve your application. 

Our migration consultants have a wealth of experience in preparing and lodging applications, and we can provide you with tailored advice to increase your chances of success. 

We can also help you to gather the required documentation, including police clearances and medical reports. 

If you are serious about improving your application, contact Migration Centre of Australia today.