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Parent visa options

On 2 June 2014 the government introduced significant changes to the Other Family visas.

We no longer accept new applications for the following visas:

  • Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 804)
  • Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103).

Family members of applicants who lodged their application before 2 June 2014 might be able to be added to the application before a decision is made on their visa.

For more information see Closing of Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas.

If you are in Australia

Aged parent visas

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

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).

If you are outside 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.