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Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 884 and 864)

Contributory Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 884 and 864)

If an older parent’s child is an Australian or eligible New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia, they are allowed to live in the country holding the contributing aged parent visa (subclass 884 and 864).

The contributing aged parent 884 visa is a two-year temporary visa that allows the holders to live in Australia however, you are not allowed to renew or extend this visa.

If you still wish to stay in the country permanently, you can apply for the permanent Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864) before the temporary visa (subclass 884) is expired.

Highlights

The temporary visa (subclass 884) allows to:

  • Live, study and work in the country for two years
  • Get health coverage through Medicare – Australia’s public health cover program

The permanent visa (subclass 864) allows to:

  • Live, study and work in Australia for as long as you want
  • Get health coverage through Medicare – Australia’s public health cover program
  • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
  • Sponsor eligible family members for permanent residency
  • Leave and revisit the country for five years from the date visa is granted

Key Eligibility Requirements

The Temporary 884 visa applicants need to:

  • Have a child who is permanently living in Australia as an Australian or eligible New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • fulfil the age requirements
  • Obtain a sponsor
  • fulfil the test for family balance
  • fulfil the standards for character and health set by the Australian government

The Permanent 864 visa candidates need to:

  • Hold a Temporary visa (subclass 884)
  • Respect all requirements for the Temporary visa (subclass 884)
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FAQs about Contributory Aged Parent Visa

The Australian government provides the Contributory Aged Parent Visa, allowing aged Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens to live in Australia with a substantial financial contribution.
Subclass 884 permits two-year temporary stay in Australia, while Subclass 864 permits indefinite stay for elderly parents and is often applied prior converting to permanent visas.
The visa application requires either a sponsoring parent, an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, to be eligible.
The eligibility criteria include meeting age requirements, passing balance-of-family tests, meeting health and character standards, having a sponsoring child, and being prepared for substantial financial contributions.
The balance-of-family test requires at least half of the applicant's children to be in Australia or more than in any other single country.