Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)

The Aged Parent Visa is a permanent visa that allows the aged parents of Australian permanent residents, settled Australian citizens, or eligible New Zealand citizens to stay in Australia.

To be eligible for this visa, the applicant’s age must be such that they are eligible to receive an age pension in Australia. They also must not have applied for or be currently holding a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Subclass 870 visa.

What can you do with the Aged Parent visa?

An Aged Parent visa lets you:

  • Stay as a permanent resident in Australia
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
  • Sponsor other family members to migrate to Australia
  • Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme (Medicare)

Where can you apply for the Aged Parent visa?

The applicant or family members who apply for the visa must be in Australia.

All Parent applications are subject to capping ang queuing. The application is assessed in two stages:

  1. Checking of the application’s eligibility and to determine if the application should be added to the queue
  2. Continuing the assessment of the application when it reaches the front of the queue

Note that the processing time of Aged Parent (804) visa applications is currently approximately 30 years.  

How long can you stay in Australia?

The Aged Parent visa is a permanent visa, which means it allows you to stay in the country indefinitely.

This visa also allows the applicant to travel to and from Australia on an unlimited basis for five years from the date of the visa approval or as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel but the initial five-year travel facility has lapsed, you will need to:

  • Apply for or have an approved Resident Return (RRV). This will allow your re-entry in Australia as a permanent resident.
  • Consider applying for an Australian citizenship. Australian citizens need only their Australian passport to leave and re-enter the country – no visas required.

Can you include family on the visa?

You can include family members when applying for this visa. You need to include all the required details of your family members in the application, regardless of whether they are migrating or not.

If you have a spouse or a partner, you also need to include their details in the application even if they are not applying for the visa with you.

Family members included in the application must meet the health and character requirements by the Department of Home Affairs. You can also refer to the next sections for more information.

Your visa obligations

You and your family members are expected to obey all Australian laws at all times. Applicants who are 18 years or older are also required to read and understand the Life in Australia book.

They must also sign the Australian Values Statement to signify that they will obey the country’s laws and respect the Australian way of life.

Visa label

Successful applicants will not get a label in their passports but will instead have their visa digitally linked to their passports.

What are the eligibility requirements for the Aged Parent visa?

You must be old enough to receive the age pension in Australia. You must also have an approved eligible sponsor.

Your child is usually the eligible sponsor. However, if they are below the age of 18, you can still be sponsored by an eligible relative or a community organization. In some cases, you may be asked to provide an assurance of support as proof that you (and your family members) will not rely on the Australian government’s assistance after you enter the country with this visa.

In addition, applicants must meet the balance-of-family test requirements. This means that:

  1. At least half of your children or stepchildren are eligible, or
  2. More of your eligible children are living in Australia than in any other country

Health requirements

You and any of your family members who are applying for this visa must meet Australia’s health requirements. In some cases, non-migrating family members will also be required to meet the same health standards.

Character requirements

You and any family members applying for this visa must meet Australia’s character requirements. In some cases, non-migrating family members may also be asked to meet the same requirements.

What happens once the visa is granted?

Aside from letting you indefinitely stay; this visa also allows you to work and study in Australia.

Being a permanent resident means you will have access to certain Australian Government payments. At a certain time, you can also be eligible for Australian citizenship.

For more information, you can visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

Are you ready to apply for the Aged Parent visa?

If you’ve read the above information on the Aged Parent visa, contact our team of registered migration agents and immigration lawyers. We can assist you through the migration process.