Parent visa is majorly divided into two segments. Firstly, one can apply while when he/she is in Australia and Secondly, when he/she is in out of Australia.

If the person is in Australia

  • Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 864)

This visa is for those parents whose child/children are currently living in Australia. This visa is a bit costlier but is generally processed in quick time.

  • Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)

This visa is valid for 2 years. One of the good points of this visa is if you are a holder of this visa, you are eligible to for the permanent Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 864).

  • Contributory Aged Parent (Residence) visa (from subclass 884 to subclass 864)

If you are a holder of a temporary Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 884), you are eligible to apply for a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).

If the Person is outside Australia

  • Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 143)

This is a permanent visa for parents with children living in Australia. This visa costs more than the Parent visa but is generally processed faster.

  • Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

This is a temporary visa valid for two years for parents with children living in Australia. If you hold this visa you can then apply for the permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143).

  • Contributory Parent (Migrant) visa (from subclass 173 to subclass 143)

If you are a holder of a temporary Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173), who want to apply for a permanent Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143), this is for you. An application for this visa is able to be made in Australia.

While these are the major categories of the parent visa for Australia, the Australian Immigration Department has now stopped accepting applications for the following visas:

  • Aged Parent (Residence) visa (subclass 804)
  • Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103).

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