Parents over the age of 65 who are already in Australia on a valid visa can apply for this visa. Parents with a child who is an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident may be sponsored by their child for a Parent visa.
The Contributory Aged Parent visa can be applied for as a permanent visa or a temporary, two-year visa. A temporary Parent visa holder can apply for a permanent visa.
Partners and other (dependent) family members can be included in the visa application. They will receive the same visa status.
The most important visa requirements at a glance:
Visa validity and essential visa conditions:
- Aged over 65
- Valid passport
- Sponsorship by a child living in Australia
- Majority of applicant’s children live in Australia
- Health check
- Applicant is not a convicted criminal
- No outstanding debts to the Commonwealth
- No prior refusal or cancellation of an Australian visa
- Permanent or temporary visa with option for Permanent Residency visa
- Payment of an indexed health insurance tax
- Sponsoring child must agree to provide financial support to parents if needed and must have a safety deposit (if visa is permanent)
Note: In some cases, it may be advisable to apply for a different parent’s pension visa (subclass 804 Aged Parent). This visa unfortunately has an extremely lengthy processing time (currently about 20 years), but parents who are in Australia could be eligible for a Bridge visa for the duration of the processing time and can still legally remain in the country.