About Seven Categories of Australian Parent Visa By the best Migration Agent in Melbourne Sidra Shahab

Seven Categories of Australian Parent Visa

We all love our parents! Don’t we? However, it is worth your time to find out which parent visa is better for your parents, depending on your parents and your own personal circumstances.

You might need to compare the cost, processing time, and nature of each type of Visa, whether a Permanent one or a temporary parent visa suits your parents.

We will briefly cover each type of Parent Visa below for comparison purposes only. Please click on any Parent Visa type below to visit the dedicated page for a specific Parent Visa type.

  1. Sponsored Parent Temporary Visa Subclass 870.
  2. Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 884 – Temporary (Onshore).
  3. Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 864 (Onshore)
  4. Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa Subclass 173.
  5. Contributory Parent visa Subclass 143 – (Permanent)
  6. Parent Visa Subclass 103.
  7. Aged Parent Visa Subclass 804 (Onshore).

It would be best for you to also consider your personal and your parent’s current circumstances.


Your circumstances could mean considering

  • Your Current Permanent residency status.
  • Whether you are an Australian Citizen or a New Zealand citizen?
  • Whether you are eligible to sponsor your parents or not?
  • Cost to pay each type of parent Visa fee to the Department of home affairs.
  • Medical or Health costs for your parents during the stay.
  • The urgency, whether you want to wait or are you in hurry to get a parent visa for your parents.


Your parent’s circumstances to consider for Parent Visa

  • Their age or pension age?
  • Are they dependant on you financially, or are they financially independent?
  • Balance of family test, which means where are your other siblings?
  • Parent Visa cost to be payable to the Department of home affairs. In whole or in instalments?
  • Are they currently onshore or offshore.


  1. Sponsored Parent Temporary Visa Subclass 870.

    The Subclass 870 visa is a temporary three years or five years parent and grandparent visas that allow parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealanders to visit Australia for up to three years or five years. The duration of the Visa depends on the fee you are going to pay to the Department of Home Affairs.

    Subclass 870 is a temporary visa and can be reapplied for a further five years only. Parents must leave Australia for a minimum of 90 days before applying for renewal. This Visa can be renewed only once, and parents cannot live for more than ten years on this Visa.

    The sponsored need to be approved by the Department of home affairs and one of the eligibility requirements is to have an annual taxable combined income of AUD 83,454.00.

    The visa fee is AUD 5090.00 for three years and AUD 10,180.00. The processing time is approximately four to five months.

  2. Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 884 – Temporary (Onshore).

    The contributory aged parent visa, Subclass 884 for short, is a temporary residency permit that allows older parents to live in Australia if they have an Australian child who can sponsor them. This type of permanent residence visa cannot be extended or renewed like the rest of regular visas; it only lasts two years and then expires. However, there’s no need to worry about this expiration as the parents can apply for Subclass 864, which is a permanent type of Visa.

    You must be very careful that the application for Subclass 864 must be applied before the expiry of Subclass 884.

    Must be sponsored by an eligible child who is a settled Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen.

    The parents should be old enough to receive an Australian old-age pension.  The applicant will not qualify for Government Support.

    The applicant must be Onshore when applying for this Visa and at the time of decision.

    Should not have already applied or hold Subclass 870.

    The cost of this Visa at the time of writing is AUD 33,355.00. The Visa processing depends on the existing parent’s visa cap and queue.

  3. Contributory Aged Parent Visa Subclass 864 (Onshore).

    Parents can apply for Subclass 864 independently or make it a two-step process by first applying for Subclass 884 and later on applying for Subclass 864 as a second step. Subclass 864 is a permanent resident visa, and the applicant can apply for citizenship if eligible.

    The cost of this Visa is 47825.00. However, adjustments are offered in transition from Subclass 884 to Subclass 846, subject to meeting the two-step application process.

    The estimated time for this Visa is 2.5 to 4 years.

  4. Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa Subclass 173.

    Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa Subclass 173 lets parents of a settled Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia temporarily for two years.
    Suppose they are granted this Visa and want to stay in Australia permanently. In that case, the parent can apply for Contributory Parent visa subclass 143, which is valid indefinitely and is a permanent resident Visa.

    Applying for this temporary subclass 173 before applying for the contributory class 143 allows you time to spread out your migration costs over many years instead of all at once when it becomes available because that means less money will be spent upfront on fees.

    Subclass 173 is a two years Visa, and the cost is AUD 31980.00.

  5. Contributory Parent visa Subclass 143 – (Permanent)

    The Contributory Parent Visa Subclass 143 is a permanent visa referred to as “Contributory”. The initial application fee is up to $5,000, and yet it only takes 3-4 years processing time as compared to other visas that take upwards of (30) years or more. The contribution funds are needed since contributory parents have access to health care without contributing towards taxes as many Australian citizens do, which means they didn’t pay their share for healthcare services in the past and so instead must provide money.

    The processing time is 3 to 5 years, and the total cost of a Visa is AUD 47825.

  6. Parent Visa Subclass 103

    Subclass 103 might be your choice if you are an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or New Zealand eligible citizen and want your parents to migrate permanently to Australia.

    You need to note that this visa subclass 103 may not be helpful for you if your parents are outside of Australia because of a very long processing time of 30 years. It is always better to seek the advice of an expert migration agent experienced in parent Visas application. It is a permanent residency visa, and the visa cost of AUD 6490.00 is comparatively low compared to other types of Parent Visas.

  7. Aged Parent Visa Subclass 804 (Onshore)

    It is a permanent resident Visa and the current cost at the time of writing this content is AUD 6,490 for each applicant.

    The sponsoring child should be a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. The applicant should be of pension age and should not have applied or hold Subclass 870.

    The processing time for Aged parents Visa Subclass 804 is  (13) thirteen to (30) years because Visa processing depends on capping and an existing queue. Please contact the immigration consultants at Brilliant Migration club to find a better workaround to suit your specific situation.

    The Department of home affairs will approve the sponsorship of eligible Sponsors (child) first who would sponsor their parents. The parents should be onshore at the time of lodgement of this application.