Parents Visa Overviews

When we talk about the parents visas, there are quite a number of visa options for applicants, depending on your needs (permanent or temporary) or on how long you wish to wait, or on your age.

If you can make contribution to Australian government by paying a big fee, that’s called Contributory Parent Visas.  Applicants however may choose not to pay the contribution fees. That’s called Non-Contributory Parent Visas.

The only differences between the Contributory and the Non-Contributory is the waiting time for the visa to be approved, and of course, the visa application fee. Currently the waiting time for Contributory Parent visa is around 5 years, and up to between 11 and 30 years for Non-Contributory Parent visa.

Another classification between parents visas can be made according to the nature of the visas: whether you want the permanent visa or a temporary visa.

Applicants may also choose to apply for an Aged Parents Visas if you are over the age of 65 and 67, depending on your pension age.

In summary, the following are the common visa subclasses for applicants to choose from.

  • Contributory Parents 143 visa
  • Contributory parents (Temporary) 173 visa
  • Contributory Aged Parent 864 visa
  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) 884 visa
  • Parent visa subclass 103
  • Aged Parent visa subclass 804
  • Sponsored Parents (Temporary) visa 870

In practice, the most popular two visa subclasses are Contributory Parent 143 and Parent Visa subclass 103.

Please note all parents visas are subject to capping and queueing. This means that there are certain limited numbers of visa quotas for each year. Once the quota is used up, the visa application will be considered in the next coming financial year.


Partner visa offshore subclass 309/100

Parent visa onshore subclass 820/801

Contributory parents 143 Visa

Contributory parents 173 visa

Contributory aged parents 884 & 864 visas

Parents visa subclass 103

Aged parents 804 visa

Sponsored parents(Temporary) visa 870

Child visa 101/802

Remaining relative subclass 115/835

Assurance of support

Evidence of de facto relationship

Family balance test

Having a sponsor or being a sponsor

Government entitlements –Medicare or benefits from Centrelink