Parents Migration

Parents Migration

Parents may be able to migrate to Australia if they have a child in Australia who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.



Offshore Contributory Parent Visa (subclass 143)

The Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143) lets parents live permanently in Australia if they have a child who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia. Parent can lodge an application for this visa in or outside Australia. Besides to this you also need to meet the balance-of-family test and need to be prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing.
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to


  • live, work and study in Australia
  • enroll 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).


Offshore Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 173)

This visa allows parents live in Australia for up to two years if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia. If you hold this visa you can then apply for the permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).
Parent must be outside Australia when the visa is applied and when the visa is decided. Besides to this you also need to meet the balance-of-family test and need to be prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing.
This is a temporary visa allows to

  • live in Australia for two years
  • work and study in Australia
  • enroll in Medicare Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • travel to and from Australia for two years from the date the visa is granted.


Onshore Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864)

This visa allows older parents live permanently in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia. These visas are for parents whose age is equivalent to a person who is eligible for an Australian Age pension. Parent must be in Australia when the visa is applied and when the visa is decided. Besides to this you also need to meet the balance-of-family test and need to be prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing.
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to

  • live, 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).


Onshore Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa (subclass 884)

This visa allows older parents live in Australia for up to two years if they are the parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is settled in Australia. These visas are for parents whose age is equivalent to a person who is eligible for an Australian Age pension. If you hold this visa you can apply for the permanent Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 864). Parent must be in Australia when the visa is applied and when the visa is decided. Besides to this you also need to meet the balance-of-family test and need to be prepared to pay higher visa application charges for faster processing.
This is a temporary visa allows visa-holders to

  • live in Australia for two years
  • work and study in Australia
  • enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses.
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