Aged Parent visa Subclass 804

This permanent parent visa 804 lets an aged parent settles in Australia.

Aged Parent Visa 804

Aged Parent visa 804

The parent visa 804 (Aged Parent) is a permanent visa that allows ‘aged parents’ of an

  • Australian citizen,
  • permanent resident,
  • or eligible New Zealand citizen

Who is settled in and live permanently in Australia. It means the child must have lived permanently in Australia for at least two years before the subclass 804 visa application is lodged.

In addition, as an ‘aged parent’, the main applicant must be Australian pension age or older.

Apply for Aged Parent visa 804

You should 

  • be in Australia, when you apply for the visa
  • have an eligible child who is a settled Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • be at the age to receive the pension in Australia
  • not holding a Sponsored Parent visa 870 when applying for this visa

You must be in Australia, when you apply for the aged parent visa 804 and when the decision made on your application as well.

Any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be in Australia when you apply.

How long it takes parent visa 408 to process?

Processing times  – Queue release dates

As at June 2020, it is released for final processing:

  • Aged Parent visa applications with a queue date up to May 2012

Given the processing time for subclass 804, Aged Parent visas are currently 20 years plus.

However, the aged parent is able to apply for the visa from Australia and secure a bridging visa to remain in Australia while the 804 Aged Parent visa application is processed.

Other parent visas have faster processing times can be considered:

  1. The Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864) is a permanent visa.
    • It is processed faster than this visa but costs more
  2. The  Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884), then a permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864).
    • This 2-step visa process is faster but costs more than the subclass 804 visa.
    • It also costs more than applying directly for the Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864), but the cost is spread across the 2 visas over a longer period.

Aged Parent visa 408 eligibility

  1. The aged parent must take out private health insurance while they hold their bridging visa
  2. Meet the balance-of-family test
  3. Have at least one child to nominate them for the visa

the exception of the private health insurance, unless the applicant is or will be covered by Medicare, UK passport holders are covered by Medicare in this scenario.


We assess applications for this visa in 2 stages.

  1. Check eligibility and either add the application to the queue or refuse it.
  2. Continue assessing the application when a place becomes available and make a decision.

As it is a paper lodgement, your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it incorrectly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information.

Meet the balance-of-family test

A parent have to meet the balance of family test

  • at least half their children and stepchildren are
    • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen
    • their child must have lived permanently in Australia for at least two years
  • there are more Australian children than children living in any other single country.

See examples of how the balance-of-family test

Table 1: Examples of calculating when a parent would pass the balance-of-family test
Total number of children Children living permanently in Australia Children in country A Children in country B Children in country C Children in country D Passes test?
1 1 0 0 0 0 Yes
2 1 1 0 0 0 Yes
3 1 2 0 0 0 No
3 1 1 1 0 0 No
4 2 2 0 0 0 Yes
4 1 1 1 1 0 No
4 1 2 1 0 0 No
5 1 1 1 1 1 No
5 2 1 1 1 0 Yes
5 3 2 0 0 0 Yes
6 2 2 2 0 0 No

When the aged parent visa 804 grant

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enroll in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your family members to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship

Cost for parent visa aged 804

This visa costs from AUD6,415.

What are the aged parents?

Aged means be old enough to receive the pension in Australia

Currently, the aged pension in Australia need to look at their Date of Birth (DOB) in the table below to see if they are eligible to apply:

Period within which a person was born Pension age Date pension age changes
DOB From 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953 65 years and 6 months 1 July 2017
DOB From 1 January 1954 to 30 June 1955 66 years 1 July 2019
DOB From 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956 66 years and 6 months 1 July 2021
DOB From 1 January 1957 onwards 67 years 1 July 2023

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