Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)

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This visa lets older parents live in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

There can be long waiting times of up to 30 years before this visa is approved.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are in Australia
  • are sponsored
  • meet age requirements
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • are prepared to wait in a queue before your visa can be approved.

About this visa

This visa was previously repealed and closed from 2 June 2014 until 25 September 2014. Applications are now accepted for this visa.

If you lodged an application during the period when the visa was repealed then you need to lodge a new application.

The Aged Parent visa (subclass 804) lets older parents live permanently in Australia if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia.

Most applicants must be sponsored by their child. Your sponsor needs to have lived lawfully in Australia for the two years before the application is lodged.

You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa. You can apply only if your temporary visa lets you apply for another visa while you are in Australia. You must be in Australia when the visa is decided.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Before you apply

There is significant demand for this visa and places are limited. You could wait up to 30 years to have this visa granted.

Instead of waiting, you could consider a Contributory Aged Parent visa, which is usually finalised in less than two years:

If you apply for a Contributory Parent visa, you will pay a higher application charge. A longer assurance of support with a larger bond would also be required before you could be granted a Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864). The higher charges offset some costs to the community, such as the costs of health and welfare services.

Tourist visa

If you have been granted a Tourist (subclass 676 or subclass 600) visa through ministerial intervention, you should contact one of our offices - attention Parent Visa Centre - to discuss your circumstances.

Your passport

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you use in your application. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, you must give the details of your new passport to the Parent Visa Centre.

No further stay condition

You cannot apply for this visa if you already hold another visa that has a ‘No further stay’ condition.

Contact us if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

The visa application charge for this visa is paid in two instalments:

  • Pay the first instalment when you lodge the application.
  • Pay the second instalment when we tell you to. You must pay it for us to grant the visa.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments and police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

You will also be asked to organise an assurance of support, which includes a bond, before a decision is made on your application.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804).

You must be in Australia when you apply for this visa. You can apply only if your temporary visa lets you apply for another visa while you are in Australia. You must be in Australia when the visa is decided.

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804) if you:

  • have a child who is:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen
    • lawfully resident in Australia for at least two years (a shorter period can be considered for Australian citizens if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances).
  • meet the age requirements
  • meet the balance-of-family test
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have a sponsor.

Age requirements

You must be at the age where you are eligible for an Age Pension in Australia. For detailed information, please see www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/seniors/benefits-payments/age-pension.

Your sponsor

You must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The sponsor needs to have been living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before you apply for this visa. For most applicants, your child or your child's spouse or de facto partner will need to sponsor you.

If your child is younger than 18 years of age you can be sponsored by:

  • your child's spouse, if the spouse has turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • a relative or guardian of your child if the relative or guardian has turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • a relative or guardian of your child's spouse, if the spouse has not turned 18 and is a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • a community organisation.

More information about sponsoring is available in the 'Sponsors’ tab.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. This also applies to all dependent family members included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.

You are responsible for the cost of health assessments and any other tests and for making the necessary arrangements. The results are usually valid for 12 months.

Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

You are responsible for the costs of police certificates or any other certificates and for making the necessary arrangements.

Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

This also applies to all the dependent family members listed in the application, whether they are migrating or not.

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

The balance-of-family test

The balance-of-family test measures your ties to Australia. You meet this requirement if either:

  • at least half of your children live permanently in Australia
  • more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.

You must meet this requirement to be granted this visa. It cannot be waived, even in compelling or exceptional circumstances.

The table below gives some examples of families with different numbers of children and whether they would pass the balance-of-family test.

Total number of children

Number of children usually living in Australia

Number of children usually living in countries other than Australia

Meets balance of family test

Country A

Country B

Country C

Country D

1

1

Yes

2

1

1

 -

Yes

3

1

2

 -

No

3

1

1

1

 -

No

4

2

2

 -

Yes

4

1

1

1

1

 -

No

4

1

2

1

 -

No

5

1

1

1

1

1

No

5

2

1

1

1

Yes

5

3

2

 -

Yes

6

2

2

2

 -

No

We do not assess the nature of your relationship with your children.

If you do not know where your children are, we consider that they are in the country in which they were last known to live.

To be counted as usually living in Australia, your children must be one of the following:

If your children are in Australia on a temporary visa (such as a Student visa), they are counted as usually living outside Australia.

Your and your partner's children, including stepchildren and adopted children, are counted in the balance-of-family test, unless they:

  • are deceased
  • are removed from their parents' legal custody by adoption or court order
  • are registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as refugees and live in a camp operated by the UNHCR
  • live in a country where they suffer persecution or human rights abuse and cannot be reunited with their parents in another country.

A stepchild is either:

  • your current partner’s child, or
  • younger than 18 years of age and the legal responsibility of you or your partner and:
    • the child of your former partner, or
    • the child of a former partner of your current partner.

Stepchildren born from polygamous or concurrent relationships are not recognised in Australia and so they cannot be counted in the balance-of-family test.

Including family in your application

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804).

You must be in Australia at the time of application and when your visa is granted.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application

You must complete the application form:

  • Form 47PA Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF).

Your sponsor must also complete:

  • Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB PDF).

For each dependent relative aged 18 years or older, (whether they are migrating or not) you must also complete:

  • Form 47A Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (238 kB PDF).

The forms must be completed in English. You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply. You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Lodge your application in person, via courier or by post at an office of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia - attention Parent Visa Centre.

Have you already applied for another type of parent visa?

If you have an unfinalised application for any other type of parent visa – for example, one of the Contributory Aged Parent (subclasses 884 and 864) visas - and want to switch to this visa, you must withdraw the other visa application at the same time or before you apply for this visa. Further information is available onForm 47PA Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF).

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

After you have lodged your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

Wait for a decision

We process applications for this visa in the order in which they are lodged, subject to visa processing time service standards and in accordance with any relevant Ministerial Directions.

There is a high demand for family migration visas and only a limited number of places are available. Applications for this visa are subject to capping and queuing arrangements. This means your application is considered in two stages:

  • Your application is assessed against the core requirements for this visa. It is then either placed in a queue to wait for a visa place to become available, or it is refused. If it is placed in a queue, we will let you know what your 'queue date' is. In the interest of fairness and equity, there is no provision to move your application ahead of others in the queue even if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.
  • When a visa place becomes available:
    • we assess your application to check whether you still qualify for this visa (including health and character requirements and an assurance of support)
    • if you qualify for this visa, we ask for the second instalment of the visa application charge
    • we make a final decision about your visa application.

The Parent visa Queue Calculator lets you estimate how many people are ahead of you in the queue.

If you apply for this visa in Australia, you would be able to get a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in your circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and could be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. If you know it, you should also include the number we gave you when you applied – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

You can send your signed letter of withdrawal to your case officer via parents@immi.gov.au.

Assurance of support

A person or organisation must give you an assurance of support. They can be your sponsor or another person. Up to three people can provide an assurance of support for you.

An assurance of support is a legal commitment to provide you with financial support so you do not have to rely on social security payments.

The assurance covers you and the family members included in your application.

An assurer must:

  • lodge a bond for each applicant aged 18 years or older:
    • AUD5000 — for the main applicant
    • AUD2000 — for each adult family member included in your application.
  • repay any recoverable social security payments you receive in the first two years of living in Australia.

If the assurer is an organisation, a larger bond is required for each application.

The bond is refunded two years after you enter Australia on this visa. Any debts to the government are deducted from the bond and only the balance is refunded.

We will tell you how and when to lodge an assurance of support after your application has been assessed and is released from the queue for final processing.

More information about the assurance of support and how much you need to pay is located on the website of the Department of Human Services.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist

You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Forms

  • Form 47PA Application for a parent to migrate to Australia (525 kB PDF).

Your sponsor must also complete:

  • Form 40 Sponsorship for migration to Australia (251 kB PDF).

For each dependent relative aged 18 years or older, you must complete:

  • Form 47A Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (238 kB PDF).

Receiving assistance

  • Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance if you have someone assist you with your application. That person completes this form and you must sign it.
  • Form 956A Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient if you have someone receive correspondence from us on your behalf. That person completes this form and you must sign it.

Charges

  • Pay the first instalment of the visa application charge.

Your identity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents that you, your partner and your dependants used to enter Australia, and of any passports held since then.
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.

Your relationships

  • Certified copies of marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you and anyone else included in your application, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
  • If you are living in a de facto relationship: independent evidence that your relationship is genuine and continuing (for example, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names or joint ownership of major assets).
  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.
  • Evidence of financial dependency for all dependants aged 18 or older:
    • a certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
    • If your relative is not your partner or child: proof they live in your household
    • proof that your relative has been dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.

Your children

  • Certified copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents for all your children and step-children, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
  • If any child is adopted: certified copies of the adoption papers.
  • If you want to bring a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child’s other parent is not included in the application: documentary evidence that you have the legal right to bring that child to Australia, such as:

Your sponsor

  • Evidence your sponsor is aged 18 years of age or older and is an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen. Evidence can include certified copies of:
    • a birth certificate
    • an Australian passport or foreign passport containing evidence of permanent residence
    • an Australian citizenship certificate
    • for New Zealand citizens, evidence of length of residence in Australia and of continuing links with Australia.
  • Evidence of your relationship to your child, such as certified copies of:
    • birth certificates
    • a family book showing family relationships
    • other acceptable evidence of your relationship.
  • If your sponsor is a relative, partner or guardian of your child, evidence of this relationship, such as certified copies of:
    • birth certificates
    • a family book showing family relationships
    • marriage certificates
    • evidence of guardianship
    • other acceptable evidence of the relationship between your child and the sponsor.
  • If your sponsor is a community organisation:
    • their certificate of registration
    • evidence that the organisation’s representative has authority to act on behalf of the organisation (for example, the board or management committee’s authority)
    • evidence of their financial capacity to support you after you arrive in Australia.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

You will not automatically receive the age pension or social security payments in Australia. You will have to wait:

  • two years for most social security payments
  • 10 years for age and disability pension payments.

You might qualify for a Special Benefit payment from Department of Human Services if you suffer a major change of circumstances that is beyond your control. Any payments you receive for up to two years after the grant of your visa could reduce the amount you receive for the refund of your assurance of support bond.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Sponsors

This information is for a person who wants to sponsor their parent for an Aged Parent visa (subclass 804). You can sponsor more than one parent for this visa.

Who can be a sponsor

You can sponsor your parent for this visa if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • living lawfully in Australia for at least two years before the visa application is lodged
  • one of the following:

If you are younger than 18 years of age:

  • your spouse who is 18 years of age or older, your relative or guardian, or a relative or guardian of your spouse, can sponsor your parent(s). The sponsor must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • a community organisation can sponsor your parent(s) if:
    • they show there is a relationship between their organisation and you
    • a senior representative agrees for their organisation to support your parent(s) after their arrival in Australia.

Sponsor obligations

As a sponsor, you must give a written undertaking to provide support for your parent(s) for the first two years they live in Australia. This also applies to any family members who came with your parent(s) to Australia.

During this period, you must provide:

  • support
  • accommodation
  • financial assistance.

Assurance of support

If you have provided an assurance of support for your parent, you are responsible for repaying the Australian Government for any social security payments that they have accessed during the two-year period after the grant of their visa in Australia.

Estimate the cost of your visa

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The Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

Last reviewed Thursday 2 October 2014

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