AUstralian visa options for parents

Australian visa options for Parents – 103, 143, 173, 804, 864, 884 and 870

If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is that our families are important to us.

It’s only natural that new migrants to Australia miss having their mother and father close-by, especially when they have started a family of their own and want to celebrate special milestones with their parents. 

But the process of bringing your parents to Australia isn’t always easy.

There are several specific visas for parents– the Sponsored Temporary Parent visa (sub-class 870), Parent visa (sub-classes 103 and 804) and Contributory Parent visa (sub-classes 143, 173, 884 and 864).

Finding the best strategy to access these options to meet your needs, your parents’ attributes and the Australian Government’s rules, however, can be confusing. 

Let us use our years of experience to guide you.

Your family situation demands a unique strategy

Before getting started, consider the following questions:   

    What is your main reasons for bringing your parents to Australia?

    ✓ How soon do you want them here?

      How long do you want them to stay?

      What are their plans after arriving?

Your answers will help determine the best pathway, keeping in mind each has its own limitations and benefits.

Visa Options

Sponsored Temporary Parent Visa (870)

Allows an initial three or five year stay. Parents do not need to have the balance of family living in Australia. 

Key Information:

  • Parents must first be sponsored by their Australian child
  • Sponsor must meet household income thresholds
  • May be extended to up to ten years

Parent Visa
(103 & 804)

Permanent residence visa for Parents of Australian permanent residents/ citizens who meet the Balance of Family test. 

Key Information:

  • Approximate processing time: 10 years
  • Parents must be sponsored by their Australian child
  • Balance of family test
  • Requires an Assurance of Support bond.

Contributory Parent Visa (143, 173, 884 and 864)

Fast track your parent’s application for permanent residence through payment of a financial contribution.

Key Information:

  • Approximate processing time: 4 years 
  • Parents must be sponsored by their Australian child.
  • Balance of family test
  • Requires an Assurance of Support bond.

Not sure where to start? Start here

Download your Aspire Australia guidebook Reunite with your Parents and receive bonus material that will walk you through the process, step-by-step.

✓ Compare visa pathways
 ✓ Understand the criteria
✓ Discover the costs and timeline
   ✓ Learn how a migration agent can help

The Way We Do Things

Aspire Australia goes a step further than most migration agencies.

That’s because we’re not migration agents… we’re Migration SuperHeroes!

At least that’s what we’re told!

From the initial appointment to the celebration of visa grant, we will guide you and your parents through the visa process from beginning to end. We will determine the best strategy for approval and take the pain out of the paperwork, ensuring that your application is lodged approval-ready.

Your family is valuable to you. Let us help you reunite with them.

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Common Questions

Where do I start?

Understanding the different pathways and deciding on the one that suits your circumstances is the first step. 

For an overview of your options, download our guidebook: Reunite with your Parents.

Then, book your appointment.

The earlier you seek advice on the best visa option for your family and what evidence you will need for sponsorship – the better decisions you can make. Getting advice is the key first step.

Do I really need a migration agent?

We are biased, but yes!

Migration law is complex and subject to Government changes. A migration agent provides advice, prepares applications and liaises with the Department of Home Affairs on your behalf.

We believe that rules show us the pathway to what’s possible. Keeping on top of the current rules means that we offer the right advice.  

Why Aspire Australia?

Here at Aspire Australia we go above and beyond to ensure an approval ready visa. 

Over 25+ years in the industry we have built a 7-Step Proven Pathway to lead our clients to success.

1. We will create and deliver your personalised MAP: Migration Action Plan to achieve the outcome your business needs. We will help you understand what’s possible and give you a guide for what’s next.

2.  We’ll provide you with a tailored Start-up Kit to help you gather the data and documents we need to prepare an approval-ready application.

3. We will then work closely with you to ‘close the gaps’ and make sure all the key pieces of evidence are ready.

4. Our specialist lodgement staff will carefully collate your material to submit to the Department of Home Affairs. Our attention to detail means a quicker outcome for you.

5. We don’t stop at lodgement. We represent you through the whole process, liaising with the Department of Home Affairs and other bodies on your behalf.

6. It’s time to celebrate. We will let you know the outcome of your application – it’s our favourite part of our job.

7. We will make sure you have everything in place to be 100% compliant. We make sure you don’t get caught out.

This means you always know where you stand, what you have to do next and why.

We will be with you every step of the way.

Start by booking your appointment with us today.


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