Standard Parent Visas

These is relatively inexpensive visa but the annual quotas for places are much smaller than the number of the applications, so the waiting time is many years.

Parent, subclass 103 

Main criteria:

Aged Parent, subclass 804

One also must

  • be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia
  • not have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) visa when applying for this visa

Note: A temporary concession to allow visas to be granted to applicants outside Australia is available to eligible Parent visa applicants from 24 March 2021.

Contributory Parent Visas

These applications involve payment of high fees around $50000 per person. The waiting period is much shorter then in case of the standard parent visas.

Contributory Parent, subclass c143

Main criteria:

Contributory Parent, subclass 173 – temporary visa valid for 2 years

Main criteria for the sponsor:

Contributory Aged Parent, subclass 864


Main criteria:


Contributory Aged Parent, subclass 884 – temporary

visa valid for 2 years


The holder of a temporary visa may, during the validity period of the visa, submit an application for permanent residence – visa – subclass 864.

Temporary Sponsored Parent subclass 870 Visa

The Subclass 870 visa is a temporary visa which allows a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen visit Australia for up to three or five years. Unlike other parent visa sc117 and sc858 id doesn’t provide any pathway to permanent residency

It provides parents and grandparents with a pathway to reunite and spend time together, in Australia for a period of up to five years.

The 870 Visa is a two-step process:

To be eligible for the visa, a parent must be:

There is no balance of family test or Assurance of Support requirements for this visa.

Sponsors must meet the following criteria:

Sponsors must also agree to comply with sponsorship obligations in relation to the parent(s) they are sponsoring.

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa applicants must:


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