Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 884 and 864)

The contributory aged parent visa (subclass 884 and 864) allows older parents to live in Australia if their child is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

What is Subclass 884 Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) Visa?

The contributory aged parent visa subclass 884 will enable parents who have eligible children living in Australia to live in Australia for up to 2 years. After these two years, if you wish to stay in Australia permanently, you will be able to apply for the contributory aged parent visa subclass 864(Permanent).

This visa will help you spread the costs and live two years temporarily to see if you would like to remain in Australia permanently.

Am I eligible for subclass 884 contributory aged parent visa?

You must:

  • have an eligible child sponsoring you who is a settled Australian Permanent resident, Australian citizen, or eligible New Zealand citizen
  • meet the requirements of family test
  • not have already applied for or hold a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) (Subclass 870) when applying

Can I stay longer in Australia with visa 884?

It is not possible to stay longer than 2 years by extending or re-applying for this visa. You can apply for a different visa if you wish to extend your stay or remain in Australia permanently

Can my family members be included in my application when I apply for visa 884?

Family members can be included in your application when you apply for the contributory aged parent visa. You must include details of all your family members in the application form, whether they are migrating or not.

If you have a partner, their details must be included in the application regardless of whether they are applying for the visa with you or not.

Family members who are applying for the visa must meet Australia’s health and character requirements. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet those requirements.

Where can I apply from?

When applying for this visa you must be in Australia, and not be in immigration clearance. Any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet the same conditions. If you apply for this visa in Australia while you are on a temporary visa with no further stay condition, your application will be invalid, unless you apply for a waiver of this condition.

See also  Temporary Parent Visa Subclass 870

How long does it take to process 884 visa?

Processing times are not provided by us for this visa

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • You have not filled it correctly
  • You have not included all the necessary documents
  • It takes longer for the government to verify your information

Your application can’t be processed if you haven’t paid the correct visa application charge. You will be notified if this happens.

Family migration visas are in high demand, so it might take years for you to get this visa.

What is the assessment process?

Applications are assessed for this visa in 2 stages:

1.Eligibility is checked and the application either gets added to the queue or gets refused.

2.The application gets assessed when a place becomes available and then a decision is made.

Don’t arrange to move to Australia until your visa has been granted. This will be known to you in writing.

What is Contributory Aged Parent Visa subclass 864 (Permanent)?

This is another contributory parent visa, similar to contributory parent visa subclass 143. The difference is that only those main applicants who are above pension age can apply for this visa. As you need to make a significant contribution to the government (AUD43,600), this visa is called contributory.

At what age can I apply for visa 864?

As this type of visa has been considered for old applicants, only individuals reaching their pension age, which is between 65 to 67, can apply for it. But the same applicant provided that he/she is sponsored and his application is approved of, can bring anyone (child, spouse, relative, or partner) with himself to Australia provided that they are under 23. However, they should also be sponsored by the same person who has sponsored the main applicant.

What can I do with visa 864?

  • move to or stay in Australia as a permanent resident
  • sponsor eligible family members to come to Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
  • you can work and study

Where should I be when applying for visa subclass 864 ?

In order to use this type of visa, you need to apply from Australia only. The reason for this is that those using contributory aged parent visa subclass 864 will be, to a great extent, dependent on their sponsor who must be a legal citizen of Australia or New Zealand. Applying from elsewhere means that you do not have a reliable person in Australia who could Sponsor you, and therefore your application will receive little, if any, attention. The best way to apply is to get a temporary visa which allows you to stay in Australia for two years, apply for subclass visa (864), and then wait till your contributory visa is lodged.  

See also  Contributory Parent visa (subclass 173 and 143)

What are the requirements of visa 864?

You must:

  • be sponsored by your child or their partner.
  • meet the balance of family test
  • have an assurance of support
  • meet the health requirement
  • meet the character requirement
  • be in Australia when the application is submitted
  • Not hold a visa subclass 870, sponsored parent visa (Temporary). If you held such a visa, you have left Australia since it ceased to be in effect.

Who Can Sponsor Me?

Any close family member who is over 18 and a legal citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or has been living there for at least 2 years can sponsor you. It can be your child, his/her partner, or guardian. Your sponsor must agree to provide an assurance of support, widely known as AOS to the Department of Immigration, this means that your sponsor agrees to pay $10,000 for any of the main applicants and $4,000 for any applicant over 18 years old. It somehow confirms that there is someone who will deal with your monetary problems.  The AOS will be returned to your sponsor after 10 years. There are only two cases where you do not need a sponsor. The first case is when you own a temporary contributory aged parent subclass 884 visa which expires after two years. The other case is when you have a Substituted Visitor visa (Subclass 600) which is given to those whose sponsor has passed away before their temporary contributory aged parent subclass 884 visa was terminated.

Four certificates that every applicant must possess:

There are four certificates that every applicant must have. These certificates are mainly concerned with the applicants’ family, health, and personality. The order in which they are presented here has nothing to do with their importance level as these certificates are equally important.

1. Balance of the Family Test

One of the tests that you should pass is called Balance of family test or BoF. This test, as the name suggests, is concerned with your family status. In order to pass it, at least half of your children or stepchildren must be legal citizens of Australia. You take this test to let the Australian government decide if you have enough close relatives/family members there or not. If you have more children elsewhere than you have in Australia, then your application might be rejected.

2. The Character Test

As it is the norm with any other type of visas in Australia, you need to take a personality test to ensure that you have no signs of personality issues that might put any Australian resident in trouble. In other words, you assure the Australian government that you are mentally normal and do not need any special attention.

See also  Aged Parents Visa (Subclass 804/103)

3. The Health Test

You will also need to undergo some medical examinations one year prior to your settlement in order to qualify for residency in Australia. Here, your overall health is determined and if you do not show any signs of serious diseases, you’ll hopefully be accepted.

4. The Police Certificate?

The Australian Department of Immigration will ask you to submit a certificate showing that for the last 10 years of your life you have never broken the law of any country where you have lived for 12 months at least.


How Long Does the Processing of the 864 Visa Take?

There is no definite processing time. It mainly depends on how seriously you go through the steps and how many applicants there are. For the majority of applicants, it takes nearly 5 years or so. Many applicants waste months between one step and the next. Supposing that you meet all the requirements, don’t waste even a single day, and have an experienced lawyer along with some speck of luck, then you should wait for only 3-4 years before your application is approved.  

How Much Does Aged Parent Visa 864 Cost?

Certainly, the permanent contributory parent visa cost changes a little every now and then. Therefore, you need to check the latest updates just before you want to apply. You are privileged to pay for the contributory aged parent visa subclass (864) in two installments. Just remember to be on time for your payment otherwise chances are that they penalise you or even null the application. Here is how much you have to pay:

First applicant: $3,770

Each additional applicant: $1,880

The second instalment for each applicant: $43,600

Apart from these, the applicant needs to pay for health and police check as well, the amount is not much though.

What Are the Benefits of Visa 864?

  • If you get this visa, you will be allowed to live in Australia as long as you wish.
  • Given your physical and mental condition, you may be allowed to study or even have a job there.
  • Providing that you live there long enough, usually between 2-5 years, you will receive an Australian citizenship certificate.
  • For five years from the date your visa is granted, you can travel to other countries with an Australian ID.
  •  You can enroll in the public healthcare scheme of Australia which is a boon for anyone who’s living into their old age.

The age pension requirements

The pension age will be gradually increased from 65 to 67 years as set out in the table below.

Period within which a person was bornPension ageDate pension age changes
From 1 July 1952 to 31 December 195365 years and 6 months1 July 2017
From 1 January 1954 to 30 June 195566 years1 July 2019
From 1 July 1955 to 31 December 195666 years and 6 months1 July 2021
From 1 January 1957 onwards67 years1 July 2023

If you wish to live with your family in Australia, Parent visa subclass 804 could be the right choice. Contact us, if you need more help.

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