How Old is Too Old for Australia Immigration - Age Limit

How Old is Too Old for Australia Immigration

Age Limit for Australia Migration


The age limit for Skilled Migration is 45 years old

The age limit for Employer Sponsored Visas is 55 years old

Business Innovation and Investment Visas limit is 55 years old

Working Holidays are only for 18-35 year olds

Parent Visas do not have an age limit

There are no age limits for Student Visas

There are no age limits for Partner or Fiance Visas

Retirement Visas are not available to Australia

What is the age limit to Emigrate to Australia?

The age limit to Emigrate to Australia is 45 years old. If you are aged over 45 the only way to emigrate permanently is by investment, marriage or by being the parent of an Australian Citizen.

Am I too old to immigrate to Australia?

If you are near to being aged 45 years it will be difficult to emigrate to Australia. The process takes a minimum one year from start to finish and your age is taken at the end of the process and not the start.

Put simply, if you are considering emigrating to Australia, time is never on your side! We always recommend the process be started as soon as eligibility to emigrate is established.

Remember, there is an age limit to emigrate to Australia and the rules are applied without exception in all cases.

Migration Consultant have extensive experience in preparing successful skilled visa applications for clients aged between 40 and 45 years old.

Take our free assessment today to inquire about visa opportunities that are right for you if you are within this age range.

What is the age limit for Australia PR

The age limit for the 189 Visa class is 45. This is a hard and fast rule with no exceptions, and whilst you can immigrate on this class of Permanent Residency up until the 45 years cut off point remember that at age 40 you will only be scoring 15 age points.


One factor often overlooked is that age is taken at the end of the process when you are called forward from Skill Select for your visa and not at the date you begin the process.


Officially you should allow up to two years for this process to complete although in reality it can happen much sooner depending on a number of factors such as points score and occupation.

Age limit for the 190 Visa PR

45 years old is the cut off point for the 190 Permanent Residency visa class.

I’m between 40 and 44 years old and don’t have enough points for Australia

There are plenty of ways in which to boost your overall points total; one way is to take the IELTS exam. IELTS is an English test (and if English is your first language you’ll have a distinct advantage). Scoring above average on IELTS with give you a boost of 10 points whilst scoring even higher will give you an extra 20 points on your Skill Select expression of interest.

To put it into perspective 20 points is the same number awarded to holders of a PHD and IELTS is certainly far easier than writing a thesis!

Applying for a 190 visa over the 189 subclass will give your application a further 5 extra points and it is always useful to consider the 489 visa class which will add 10 points to your application. Press here to calculate your emigration points.

Can I get an Employer Sponsored Visa Over the age of 45

No, it is not possible except in niche education and research occupations.

The criteria for an Australian Employer Sponsored Visa is:

  • have an occupation on one of the current Skilled Occupation lists
  • be under 45 years old

How to move to Australia over the age of 45

Parent Visa for Australia

If one of your children has emigrated to Australia and holds either Permanent Residency (2 years) or Australian Citizenship you can apply for a Parent Visa as long as you pass the all-important balance of family test.

You can apply for the Contributory Parent Visa Class. This visa is processed witin 12-18 months and you will require $40,000 AUD each.

The non-Contributory parent visa is significantly cheaper although it can take over a decade to receive your visas.

Balance of Family Test

This test is designed to show that the ‘balance’ of your children live in Australia.

for example:

One child, immigrated to Australia over two years ago: Pass the balance of family test

Two children, one emigrated the other didn’t: Pass the balance of family test

Three children, one emigrated two didn’t: Fail the balance of family test

If your family are estranged the balance of family test still applies.

If you have remarried and your new partner has children you would be unlikely to pass the balance of family test because all children (even from previous relationships) are counted.

Temporary Parent Visas

The Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa allows those eligible to reside in Australia for 3 or 5 years.

The cost of this 879 Visa depends on its validity:

  • 3-year 870 Visa: AUD 5,000
  • 5-year 870 Visa: AUD 10,000

There are 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) Visa are granted each year.

Temporary parent visas are renewable once, for a further five years at $5,000, giving a total stay in Australia of fifteen years for a fee of $15,000.


Study in Australia aged over 45 years old


This route is a pathway to stay in Australia Permanently. You can elect to undertake a period of Study in Australia. If you have a spouse or partner they are free to live and work without restriction for the duration of your Student Visa.


The student visa holder can also work part time and during holidays if they choose.


After the student visa has finished, it is switched for a Post Study Work Visa which is valid for an extra two years.


Investment Visa Australia for those over 45  years of age


This is an option if you are actually an Investor with a track record in business or investments (selling your home won’t class you as an investor).

Can I Start a Company and Sponsor Myself if I'm over 45 years old?

You open a businesses in Australia as a foreigner but you can not give yourself an Employer Sponsored Visa because the age limit for an employer sponsored visa is 45 years old.

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