Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 804)

Aged Parent Visa

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This permanent visa lets an aged parent of a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen stay in Australia.

With this visa, you can:

  1. Stay in Australia indefinitely
  2. Work and study in Australia
  3. Enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare
  4. Sponsor your family members to come to Australia
  5. Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa, you must:

  1. Not hold a current Subclass 870 visa or have an application in process for this visa.
  2. Have an eligible sponsor, who can be your child or, if your child is under 18, an eligible relative or community organisation. Sponsorship approval is required.
  3. Meet the age requirement, aligning with the age pension eligibility in Australia, which is gradually increasing from 65 to 67 years.
  4. Meet the health requirement, including both you and any family members applying for the visa with you. Additional non-migrating family members may also be asked to meet health standards.
  5. Meet the character requirement, which applies to you and any family members applying for the visa with you. Non-migrating family members may also need to meet these character standards.
  6. Meet the balance-of-family test. You meet the balance of family test if:
    • at least half of your children and step-children are eligible children
    • more eligible children are living in Australia than in any other single country
  7. Be able to obtain an Assurance of Support to ensure you won't rely on government assistance after entering Australia on this visa. You will be informed when this assurance needs to be provided.
  8. Have repaid any government debts or have an approved repayment arrangement in place, if you or any family members owe money to the Australian Government.
  9. Not have a history of visa cancellations or application refusals, as your immigration history will be considered in the decision-making process. Prior cancellations or refusals may affect your eligibility, although in some cases, you may still apply for a permanent visa despite such circumstances.
  10. Have read or had the Life in Australia booklet explained to you and sign an Australian Values Statement, confirming your commitment to respecting the Australian way of life and obeying Australian laws.
  11. Ensure that granting the visa is in the best interests of any applicant under 18, as the visa will not be granted otherwise.

Note: You must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance when you apply for this visa. 

Any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance when you apply.

Inclusion of family members

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. You are required to include details of all your family members in your application form whether they are migrating or not.

If you have a partner, include their details in your application even if they are not applying for the visa with you.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet certain health and character requirements.

Newborn child

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.


Applications are assessed for this visa in 2 stages:

  1. Eligibility is checked and the application is either added to a queue or refused.
  2. If added to the queue, the application will continue to be assessed until a place becomes available and a decision is made.

Do not arrange to stay permanently in Australia until your visa is granted. You will be informed in writing if the visa has been granted.

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To set up an initial discussion with us, please reach out to one of our experienced immigration lawyers at (02) 9590 3987.

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