Parent Migration Visas

There are two main categories of parent visas in Australia :

  1. Parent Visa category ( characterised by low application fees , but very long process time )
  2. Contributory Parent Visa category( characterised by very high application fees , and relatively short process time)

These two categories provide eligible parents of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who have been lawfully residing in Australia for a reasonable period. Depending on individual circumstances applicants may apply for parent visas from within Australia or offshore.

All applicants must meet the Balance of Family (BoF) test, which means that at least 50% of their children must be living in Australia as permanent residents, Australian citizens or eligible New Zealand citizens or that more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country.

  • Parent-Migrant (subclass 103)
  • Aged Parent-Residence (subclass 804)
  • Lesser visa application fees
  • Longer waiting period

  • Contributory Parent-Migrant (subclass 143)
  • Contributory Aged Parent-Migrant (subclass 864)
  • Higher visa application fees
  • Short waiting period

  • Contributory Parent-Temporary (subclass 173) followed by a Contributory Parent-Migrant (subclass 143)
  • Contributory Aged Parent-Temporary (subclass 884) followed by a Contributory Aged Parent-Migrant (subclass 864)

Applicants who are:

  • in Australia on a valid visa; and
  • are permitted to apply for another visa while they are in Australia; and
  • who meet the definition of ‘aged parent’

will usually be entitled to a bridging visa that will allow them to remain in Australia while their application is being processed. An aged parent is a parent who is old enough to be granted an Australian age pension. For men this is currently 65 years of age and for women this is currently between 60 and 65 years of age, depending on their date of birth. People who do not meet the definition of ‘aged parent’ will not be entitled to a bridging visa allowing them to remain in Australia during the processing of their application.

Assurances of Support are a mandatory requirement on all permanent parent and aged parent visa applications.An assurance of support is a commitment to support a person applying to migrate to Australia so that the migrant will not have to rely on Human Services payments.Persons providing an Assurance of Support are also required to pay a bond as security for their Assurance.


People and businesses using LEAP Migration Manager are located in Australia and internationally. For migration agencies and lawyers, the managers and staff should all use the software, and it is also used by in-house migration teams within other business and industry sectors.