Parent visas: What’s Age got to do with it?

Choosing the best and most suitable visa option for your parents is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Making the correct choice will give both you and your parents the opportunity to live comfortably in Australia but making the wrong choice can lead to all sorts of problems and, not to mention, a whole lot of stress!

If having your parents come and join you in Australia is part of your plans, then this series of blog posts is for you!

Aged vs Non-Aged Parent visas

Parents are eligible for different visa subclasses based on their age. The subclass 804 Aged Parent Visa is a permanent visa that allows aged parents of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand resident stay permanently in Australia.

What is considered “aged”? There is a minimum age requirement to be eligible to apply for this visa as you must be of pension age. The pension age has gradually been increased from 65 to 67 years over the last few years – so depending on when you submit the application you must be at least 66 or 67 years old.

If the visa applicant is in Australia at the time of lodgement of an Aged Parent visa application, they will be granted a bridging visa which allows them to stay in Australia until the application is finalised. The fees for this visa subclass are not significant however the processing time is – current processing time can be up to 30 years for the subclass 804 Aged Parent Visa!

There are two other Aged Parent visas to mention:

  1. The temporary Aged Contributory Parent visas: and
  2. The permanent Aged Contributory visa.

As mentioned in the previous blog post on Contributory parent visas, these types of visas are processed much faster than the Subclass 804 Aged Parent Visa however are far more expensive.

Non-Aged Parent Visa

If your parent is not of pension age, they can only apply for one of the non-aged visa options mentioned in our previous blog post and would not receive a bridging visa.

So, again, presuming that your parent is “aged”, the key factors to consider are processing times and cost.

If you’re still not sure where to start or which route is the best one for your parents, KU Legal are here to help.  If you or your parents wish to discuss their eligibility for a Parent Visa, speak with the immigration experts at KU Legal:

+61 (0) 429 133 911

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