An Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen may sponsor a parent/s provided the Parent applicant satisfies a number of criteria, including the critical “balance of family test”. 

Parent visa subclasses:

  • Aged Parent (Residence) Visa — (subclass 804)

  • Parent (Migrant) Visa — (subclass 103)

  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) Visa — (subclass 173)

  • Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) Visa — (subclass 864)

  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa — (subclass 884)

Main differences:

Parent category:

  • Significantly lower second VAC

  • Lower Assurance of Support (AOS) bond

  • Shorter AOS bond period

  • Lower cost/longer wait option

Contributory Parent category:

  • Significantly higher second VAC

  • Higher AOS bond

  • Longer AOS bond period

  • Higher cost/shorter wait option


Contributory Parent Diagram